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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EPA seeks public input on emerging contaminants in drinking water
EPA seeks public input on emerging contaminants in drinking water
Nov 19 2018
The U.S. EPA announced the agency is seeking public input on draft toxicity assessments for GenX chemicals and perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS),…
Nov 7 2018
It is certainly no secret that business increases when the economy is booming. For those of us with the ability to recollect the past decade, we have…
Michigan township receives funds to address emerging contaminants in drinking water
Michigan township receives funds to address emerging contaminants in drinking water
Oct 31 2018
Oscoda Township, Mich., received $1 million in two grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to connect homes that use well water…
Emerging contaminants discovered at Ottawa County, Mich., school
Emerging contaminants discovered at Ottawa County, Mich., school
Oct 30 2018
In Ottawa County, Mich., high levels of per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) have been discovered in the drinking water at a Grand Haven…
U.S. Senate holds emerging contaminant PFAS hearing
U.S. Senate holds emerging contaminant PFAS hearing
Sep 27 2018
On Sept. 26, the U.S. Senate held a hearing on per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS). Three community representatives shared personal stories…
Team members from North Carolina State University at welcome tables during the sample collections compiled participant information.
Team members from North Carolina State University at welcome tables during the sample collections compiled participant information.
Sep 24 2018
Water treatment specialists are facing a new challenge from emerging contaminants. Perfluoralkyl and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of…
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…
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