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Vol. 2, No.  1 --  January 3, 2001


This week's NEWS

California adopts Operator Certification regulations in the nick of time. USEPA and state websites are updated with new information related to significant drinking water rules and programs including M-DBP, radionuclides, hexavalent chromium lab approval and source water assessments.  A combination of hot and stagnant water results in a small outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease and an EPA investigator gives some clues to how fraudulent laboratories cut corners. 



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Source Water


  • CDHS provides list of labs approved to do Hexavalent chromium analysis
      To date, out of 476 laboratories notified by the CDHS Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP), only 12 labs, eight of which are commercial, have been given an "interim certification" by ELAP to run hexavalent chromium (by EPA Method 218.6 with a detection limit of 1 part per billion).

  • USEPA deadline on Glendale's discharge of ground water containing chromium arrives (LA Times, January 2)
    The regulation by CDHS referred to in this article is the inclusion of hexavalent chromium as an unregulated contaminant for monitoring which is expected to become final early in 2001.  CDHS recommended utilities begin monitoring for hexavalent chromium by letter dated October 4, 2000.


Laboratory Issues

  • USEPA investigator tracks down cheating labs (San Francisco Chronicle, December 23)
    The focus of this effort is Superfund fraud, but interesting information is provided regarding "how" an unscrupulous lab might cover up poor practices.












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