SPRINGFIELD, MO, April 12, 2012 (Water Tech) — State and local government officials in Christian County, Mo. are concerned about its clean drinking water supply for the future as groundwater levels diminish, according to the News-Leader.
A bill was recently passed by State Rep. Ray Weter to allow for the creation of a drinking water reservoir within the county, noted the article.
“I just want to be sure people understand that is simply a working framework for the future. There’s no project on the drawing board. I’m trying to predict what our needs are going to be in the future and prepare for it,” Weter said.
NEW YORK, NY, April 16, 2012 (Water Tech) — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made available the results of groundwater sampling taken in December 2011 at the Lehigh Valley Railroad Derailment Superfund site in LeRoy, N.Y., according to a press release.
These results continue to show that the heaviest contamination is in the western end of the plume area, the source area, with concentrations tailing off as the area moves to the east toward Spring Creek, stated the release.
“Protecting the health of people who live and work near the Lehigh Valley Superfund site is our highest priority,” said Judith A. Enck, EPA Regional Administrator. “We are working with local residents and business owners to ensure that the contamination is not entering their homes and businesses. The work at the Lehigh Valley site is being done under the Superfund law, which operates on the principle that polluters bear the full costs of hazardous waste cleanups, rather than passing the expenses to taxpayers.”
ALBUQUERQUE, NM, April 17, 2012 (Water Tech) — The Kirtland Air Force Base ran tests to access any damage to the groundwater from jet fuel, but environmental officials said those tests were inadequate, according to the Coshocton Tribune.
Officials are demanding that more samples be taken to determine if there is any contamination in the drinking water wells, stated the article.
The New Mexico Environment Department is worried about a leak that occurred close to the wells decades ago and contaminated the groundwater, noted the article.
BOSTON, MA, April 19, 2012 (Water Tech) — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an enforcement order to AVX Corp. to implement the ongoing cleanup work at New Bedford Harbor, including dredging PCB-contaminated sediment from the Harbor and disposing the dredged sediment to an appropriately licensed off-site facility, into a confined aquatic disposal cell in the Harbor, and into confined disposal facilities to be built along the shoreline, according to a press release.
The unilateral administrative order requires AVX to take action to remediate contamination in the Upper and Lower Harbor, and will provide more rapid protection of public health and the environment by addressing polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminated sediment at the New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site in New Bedford, Mass, stated the release.
GREENWICH, CT, April 23, 2012 (Water Tech) — A Connecticut school district announced that the groundwater at the center of the Greenwich High School property contains toxic substances, according to the Greenwich Time.
Soil samples conducted between December and February shows that high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are contaminating the groundwater at a well on the school’s property, stated the article.
There was no contamination found around the perimeter of the school and officials believe it is limited to the center of the property, noted the article.
DEERFIELD BEACH, FL, April 26, 2012 (Water Tech) — Multipure’s Pure Foundation has become a Platinum Sponsor of Wishing Well International Foundation (WWIF), strengthening WWIF’s ability to provide safer drinking water to underdeveloped areas around the world, according to a press release.
For the Pure Foundation, this contribution fits perfectly with its mission to improve health through education, assistance and water improvement, noted the release.
For WWIF, this contribution provides additional resources for its goals to improve drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for the developing world, stated the release.
The analysis was done by the USGS National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) to determine if concentrations of these constituents have increased or decreased significantly from the 1990s to the early 2000s nationwide, stated the release.
“By providing a nation-wide, long-term, uniformly consistent analysis of trends in groundwater quality, communities can see whether they belong in the group of more than 50 percent which are maintaining their water quality, or within the group of more than 40 percent for which water quality is back sliding,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt.
“Communities in the latter group can decide whether and what action may be warranted to address quality issues so they do not cause concern to human health.”