Emerging Contaminants

As water testing capabilities improve, the list of contaminants impacting water supplies expands. These emerging contaminants, which include personal care products, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and hormones, could negatively affect the health of humans and aquatic wildlife.
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Emerging contaminants found in Orleans Township, Mich., groundwater
Emerging contaminants found in Orleans Township, Mich., groundwater
Sep 18 2018
Two per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) have been discovered in Orleans Township, Mich., groundwater. The two emerging contaminants, PFBS and…
New Jersey sets drinking water standard for PFNA
New Jersey sets drinking water standard for PFNA
Sep 5 2018
New Jersey has become the first state to adopt a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) in drinking water. The new…
Methods for removing emerging contaminants from drinking water
Methods for removing emerging contaminants from drinking water
Aug 31 2018
Contaminants of emerging concern (ECs) is a term that has been used since the mid 1990s to identify natural or synthetically occurring substances not…
NASA finds groundwater contamination near space center
NASA finds groundwater contamination near space center
Aug 29 2018
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has discovered groundwater contamination, including perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and…
Emerging contaminant PFAS found at Michigan elementary school
Emerging contaminant PFAS found at Michigan elementary school
Aug 21 2018
Drinking water at the Alto Elementary School in Kent County, Mich., tested positive for per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS). According to the…
Chemours stops providing bottled water for wells impacted by emerging contaminant
Chemours stops providing bottled water for wells impacted by emerging contaminant
Aug 16 2018
Chemour, a spinoff of DuPont and producer of Teflon, announced it will stop providing bottled water to residents near the company’s Fayetteville, N.C…
Emerging contaminant PFAS found in Parchment, Mich.
Emerging contaminant PFAS found in Parchment, Mich.
Aug 1 2018
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) discovered high levels of per- and poly fluorinated substances (PFAS) in Parchment, Mich.,…
Emerging contaminant PFAS community engagement session to be held
Emerging contaminant PFAS community engagement session to be held
Jul 25 2018
The U.S. EPA released the full agenda for the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) community engagement event July 25 in Horsham, Penn., at…
Michigan intends to sue 3M Co. over emerging contaminant PFAS
Michigan intends to sue 3M Co. over emerging contaminant PFAS
Jul 18 2018
On July 13, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced that the state of Michigan intends to sue 3M Co. regarding per- and polyfluorinated substance (PFAS)…
Vermont regulates three new emerging contaminants
Vermont regulates three new emerging contaminants
Jul 12 2018
The Vermont Department of Health added three emerging contaminants to its drinking water advisory. Consequently, the Vermont Department of…
Emerging contaminants monitored in New Hampshire
Emerging contaminants monitored in New Hampshire
Jul 11 2018
On July 10, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill that increases New Hampshire’s groundwater regulations for emerging contaminants PFOA, PFOS…
Emerging contaminant study released
Emerging contaminant study released
Jun 25 2018
A new report released by the U.S. Office of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) caused negative…
Emerging contaminant PFAS found near Wisconsin firefighting foam maker
Emerging contaminant PFAS found near Wisconsin firefighting foam maker
Jun 20 2018
Tyco Fire Products discovered per- and polyfluorinated substance (PFAS) groundwater contamination at its manufacturing plant in Marinette, Wisc.,…
PFAS groundwater contamination found at Michigan airport
PFAS groundwater contamination found at Michigan airport
Jun 18 2018
On June 15, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich., released a report showing elevated levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl…
Senate committee calls for EPA study released on emerging contaminant PFAS
Senate committee calls for EPA study released on emerging contaminant PFAS
Jun 15 2018
The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill that includes report language requiring the Trump Administration to release a key…
EPA hosts National Leadership Summit on PFAS contamination
EPA hosts National Leadership Summit on PFAS contamination
May 24 2018
The U.S. EPA hosted the National Leadership Summit on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination in Washington, D.C., May 22 to 23. The…
Apr 16 2018
Two representatives of the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) have been invited to a National Leadership Summit convened by the U.S. EPA to take action on…
Apr 10 2018
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has ordered Chemours chemical plant to prevent air emissions from contaminating…
Mar 12 2018
Contaminated drinking water has been found in the Michigan communities of New Baltimore, Mount Clemens and Ira Township. The Michigan Department of…
Mar 2 2018
Westfield, Mass., has filed suit against 3M Co., Chemguard Inc., and Tyco Fire Protection Products, the manufacturers of firefighting foam…
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