Well Owner's Manual Available From Water Systems Council

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Water Systems Council
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U.S. EPA grant was used to produce manual on water well systems, maintenance and more

The Water Systems Council (WSC) published a new Well Owner’s Manual that is now available for free to well owners across the U.S.

WSC received a grant in 2015 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide technical assistance, training and educational programs to owners of private and small community water wells. A portion of the EPA grant money was used to produce the new Well Owner's Manual.

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February 22, 2016

EPA Finalizes $9 Million Interim Cleanup at CTS of Asheville Inc. Superfund Site

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EPA
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CTS site's soil and groundwater contaminated with trichloroethene and other VOCs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected an interim cleanup plan to address contamination beneath the former plant at the CTS of Asheville Inc. Superfund site. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality concurred with EPA’s decision.

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February 16, 2016
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EPA Finalizes $9 Million Interim Cleanup at CTS of Asheville Inc. Superfund Site

EPA Announces Grants to Help Small Drinking & Wastewater Systems

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U.S. EPA
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Systems will receive training, technical assistance

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the award of $12.7 million in grants to help small drinking and wastewater systems and private well owners located in urban and rural communities throughout the U.S. and its territories. The water systems will receive training and technical assistance to improve small system operations and management practices, promote system sustainability and better protect public health and the environment.

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February 15, 2016

First Nations Present Evidence of Groundwater Impact in British Columbia

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West Moberly First Nations
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West Moberly, Prophet River & Saulteau First Nations say BC Hydro has left gaps in groundwater data at dam site

West Moberly First Nations, Prophet River First Nation and Saulteau First Nations have provided scientific evidence on the potential impact to groundwater from the proposed Site C dam near Fort St. John, BC. The First Nations retained an expert in hydrogeology, Dr. Gilles Wendling, to conduct a technical evaluation of groundwater information provided by BC Hydro.

“My research uncovered significant data gaps in the characterization of groundwater around the dam site,” said Wendling. His analysis found the following:

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January 14, 2016
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First Nations Prevent Evidence of Groundwater Impact in British Columbia

Law Firm Investigating PFOA-Contaminated Groundwater in Upstate New York

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Weitz & Luxenberg
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Weitz & Luxenberg is working with Erin Brockovich to identify affected parties for potential lawsuit

Weitz & Luxenberg has announced that it is investigating bringing a lawsuit against one or more companies believed responsible for certain cancers and other illnesses affecting residents of Hoosick, N.Y., where the residents have unwittingly been drinking water contaminated with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). 

The firm has not yet named the companies, but indicated that a potential lawsuit against them would seek compensation for the harmed residents of Hoosick, a town of 6,500 in central upstate New York.

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January 14, 2016

Well Water: Drilling for Life

Wells of Life is a five-year-old 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing clean, safe drinking water wells in rural Uganda. It has drilled almost 150 wells during its startup period, with a goal of drilling 1,000 wells in 10 years. 

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Donated wells provide clean drinking water for Uganda communities

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January 8, 2016
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EPA Announces Settlement for Cleanup of Cooper Drum Superfund Site in California

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Forty parties agree to $22 million settlement that will provide for groundwater treatment system

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Justice announced that a group of 40 parties have agreed to conduct the cleanup of the Cooper Drum site in South Gate, Calif., 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The settlement requires an estimated $15 million to construct the additional groundwater treatment system needed, including wells, piping and treatment costs, plus $7 million to reimburse EPA for its past cleanup actions at the Superfund site.

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December 30, 2015

Managed Aquifer Recharge Growing as Tool to Cope with Water Shortages

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National Ground Water Assn.
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Managed aquifer recharge captures available water and moves it under controlled conditions into aquifers

s many states expect continued drought in 2016 and beyond, the management of aquifers—underground geologic formations that retain groundwater—will be increasingly important, according to the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA).

Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) captures available water during wet periods, during periods of local demand, or water that would be lost otherwise—then moves this water under controlled conditions into underground reservoirs called aquifers.

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December 29, 2015

Federal Budget Bill Includes $3.6 Million for Groundwater Monitoring

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National Ground Water Assn.
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NGWA efforts help achieve $3.6 million for National Ground-Water Monitoring Network

The federal budget bill signed by President Obama on Dec. 18, 2015 includes further funding of the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN), the National Ground Water Association announced today.

The budget includes $3.6 million for the NGWMN—the amount advocated by NGWA and $1 million more than in 2015.

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December 22, 2015

EPA Releases 2015 Annual Environmental Enforcement Results

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U.S. EPA
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In fiscal year 2015, enforcement actions required companies to invest more than $7 billion in actions and equipment to control pollution and clean up contaminated sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual enforcement and compliance results highlighted by large cases that reduce pollution and protect public health in communities across the country.

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December 17, 2015
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