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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Mar 21 2019
Researchers from the University of Arizona have been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental…
Mar 11 2019
In Madison, Wis., the Madison Water Utility (MWU) announced that it is shutting down a drinking water well on the North Side of the city that has…
New Mexico files suit against Air Force over groundwater contamination
New Mexico files suit against Air Force over groundwater contamination
Mar 7 2019
On March 5, the state of New Mexico filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination at two bases, arguing the federal…
Emerging contaminants found at two sites in Oregon
Emerging contaminants found at two sites in Oregon
Mar 1 2019
Recent testing revealed high levels of per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) at two sites in Northeast Portland, including the Portland Fire and…
Groundwater contamination threatens New Mexico dairies
Groundwater contamination threatens New Mexico dairies
Feb 19 2019
New Mexico dairies face groundwater contamination stemming from per- and polyfluoralkyl substance (PFAS) pollution that originated at the Cannon Air…
EPA releases action plan to address emerging contaminants in drinking water
EPA releases action plan to address emerging contaminants in drinking water
Feb 14 2019
On Feb. 14, the U.S. EPA unveiled the agency’s Per- and Polyfluoralkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan. The plan calls for 25 steps to address the…
Groundwater contamination under investigation surrounding firefighting foam site
Groundwater contamination under investigation surrounding firefighting foam site
Feb 6 2019
Tyco Fire Products, a Marinette, Wis., manufacturer of firefighting foam, knew there was soil and well contamination on its property dating back to…
Two emerging contaminants will not be regulated under an new EPA draft plan
Two emerging contaminants will not be regulated under an new EPA draft plan
Jan 29 2019
Two sources familiar with a forthcoming draft plan from the U.S. EPA revealed that the agency plans to not set a drinking water limit for two…
Citizen group calls for increased testing of well water for PFAS contamination
Citizen group calls for increased testing of well water for PFAS contamination
Jan 29 2019
A citizen group petitioned the Madison, Wis., Water Utility Board to address potential well water contamination from the Truax Air National Guard…
Emerging contaminants found in groundwater at Flint, Mich., airport
Emerging contaminants found in groundwater at Flint, Mich., airport
Jan 25 2019
Elevated levels of per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) have been found in groundwater at Bishop Airport, located in Flint, Mich. One test…
Groundwater contamination discovered at Georgia air bases
Groundwater contamination discovered at Georgia air bases
Jan 7 2019
Recent tests at three Georgia military air bases found groundwater contamination caused by toxic firefighting foam. While the U.S. Air Force said…
Madison, Wis., to test groundwater for emerging contaminants
Madison, Wis., to test groundwater for emerging contaminants
Dec 27 2018
The water utility of Madison, Wis., announced plans to increase testing for per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) in groundwater surrounding the…
Emerging contaminants in drinking water on the rise in Michigan
Emerging contaminants in drinking water on the rise in Michigan
Dec 20 2018
Previously unreleased test results revealed that per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) have been on the rise in Ann Arbor, Mich., drinking water…
New York proposes strict standards for emerging contaminants in drinking water
New York proposes strict standards for emerging contaminants in drinking water
Dec 19 2018
The New York state Drinking Water Quality Council has recommended new drinking water standards for emerging contaminants perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA…
Dec 3 2018
Point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE) water treatment and filtration products can be uniquely suited to remediate drinking water contaminants.…
Drinking water contamination discovered at Martha's Vineyard Airport
Drinking water contamination discovered at Martha's Vineyard Airport
Dec 3 2018
Water sampling results surrounding the Martha’s Vineyard Airport in West Tisbury, Mass., discovered levels of per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (…
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…
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