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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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…
Feb 27 2018
3M Co. agreed to pay $850 million to fund Minnesota water quality projects in a settlement between 3M and the state of Minnesota. The state of…
Feb 26 2018
Blades, Del., installed a carbon filtration system and announced municipal water is safe to consume again with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs)…
Feb 26 2018
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) collected rainwater samples from public lands in a three miles radius of the Chemours…
Feb 22 2018
Low levels of emerging contaminants per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been found in a Lake Huron drinking supply that serves seven…
Jan 31 2018
An advocacy group called Warriors for Clean Water have claimed that there is an increase in kidney and renal cancer in Morgan and Lawrence County,…
Jan 18 2018
On Jan. 12, the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) sent a letter to the U.S. EPA and Centers for Disease Control and…
Jan 17 2018
Brunswick County, N.C., has contracted water consultant CDM Smith to work with the Northwest Water Treatment Plant to search for strategies to remove…
Dec 21 2017
On Dec. 21, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation that allocates $23.2 million to combat groundwater contamination from polyfluoroalkyl substances (…
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