USGS Report Provides Insight on Public-Supply Well Contamination

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USGS
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Study finds that conditions in some aquifers enable contaminants to remain in groundwater longer

Key factors have been identified that help determine the vulnerability of public supply wells to contamination. A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report describes these factors, providing insight into which contaminants in an aquifer might reach a well, and when, how and at what concentration they might arrive.

About one-third of the U.S. population gets its drinking water from public supply wells.

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August 5, 2013
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USGS Report Provides Insight on Public-Supply Well Contamination

New Mexico Supreme Court Releases Bounds v. State Decision

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Water Systems Council
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Court ruled that the domestic well statute did not violate the due process clause of the constitution

The Supreme Court of New Mexico released the long-awaited decision in Bounds v. State of New Mexico on July 25, 2013. Water Systems and 16 state associations and water well related companies filed a friend of court brief in the case, supporting the position of the state of New Mexico. The court agreed with all of the arguments in the Water Systems Council brief.

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August 2, 2013

EPA Encourages Comment on Groundwater Cleanup Plan

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U.S. EPA
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EPA to cleanup Nassau County groundwater contaminated with harmful VOCs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposed plan to clean up an area of contaminated groundwater within the New Cassel/Hicksville Ground Water Contamination Superfund site in the towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay in Nassau County, N.Y. Groundwater throughout these areas is contaminated with harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are often found in paint, solvents, aerosol sprays, cleaners, disinfectants, automotive products and dry cleaning fluids.

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July 29, 2013

Hanford Site Treats Record Amount of Contaminated Groundwater

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U.S. Department of Energy
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CH2M Hill treated 1.4 billion gal of groundwater between October 2012 and June 2013

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Co. (CH2M HILL) has exceeded this year’s goal for treating 1.4 billion gal of contaminated groundwater at the Hanford Site in Washington state.

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July 16, 2013

EPA Proposing Plan to Clean Up New Jersey Superfund Site

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EPA
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Tetrachloroethylene and other volatile organic compounds are polluting groundwater

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed plan to clean up soil at the Ellis Property Superfund site in Evesham Township, N.J., which is contaminated with tetrachloroethylene and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are polluting groundwater underlying the site.

Publication Date: 
July 12, 2013

Private Well Protection

Hydraulic fracturing operations allow us to access valuable natural gas resources, but they also have the potential to affect another precious resource: water. Here Brian Oram, a professional geologist and founder of B.F. Environmental Consultants, discusses how fracking in Pennsylvania has affected private water wells.

Kate Cline: Why is it important for well owners to have their water tested?

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The importance of baseline testing for drinking water wells

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Brian Oram is founder of B.F. Environmental Consultants. Oram can be reached at bfenviro@ptd.net.

Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com.

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July 8, 2013
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July 8, 2013
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Stray Gases Found in Water Wells Near Shale Gas Sites

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Duke University
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Study finds that distances from drilling site play major role in risk of groundwater impacts 

Homeowners living within 1 km of shale gas wells appear to be at higher risk of having their drinking water contaminated by stray gases, according to a new Duke University-led study.

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July 2, 2013
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Water Resource Worries

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, is a method of extracting natural gas from shale formations. Fracking has been around for many years, but recently, combining it with horizontal drilling has made it economically practical for gas extraction. While natural gas presents the U.S. with options to become more energy independent, there also are concerns about the process’s impact on the environment.

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Fracking’s potential effects on drinking water supplies

About The Author: 

Marianne Metzger is GPG business manager for National Testing Laboratories Ltd. Metzger can be reached at mmetzger@ntllabs.com or 800.458.3330.

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June 26, 2013
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June 26, 2013
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Clean Energy, Clean Water

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) brings two of our most precious natural resources at odds. The natural gas harvested through the process is essential to meeting our country’s growing energy needs (and is a source of clean energy at that). However, poorly constructed wells or improper disposal of wastewater from fracking operations can potentially affect drinking water quality. There have been reports of methane migrating from drilling operations into drinking water sources — contamination that not only could render water undrinkable, but also cause a potential explosion hazard.

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

Publication Date: 
June 26, 2013
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June 26, 2013
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EPA Regional Administrator, Congress Member Assess Cleanups at Superfund Sites

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U.S. EPA
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Success of federal Superfund law highlighted

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney visited three Superfund sites in Orange and Dutchess counties in New York state to review and assess progress on the cleanup of contamination at these hazardous waste sites. 

Shenandoah Road Groundwater Contamination — East Fishkill, N.Y.

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June 19, 2013