April 11, 2001 -- Volume 2, No. 15
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This week's NEWS

A revolutionary idea pops up in the hexavalent chromium world: Health effects research to be done BEFORE deciding on a drinking water standard! But, just in case NTP is kidding, Senators introduce mandating-legislation. A new California public health goal for aluminum is unveiled slightly below the current state MCL. The arsenic debate continues with more legislative proposals, including the candidate for easiest-to-understand bill title from Congressman Waxman and 160 friends, while Doctor Waxman and his friends illustrate the toxicologist's "poison is in the dose" concept in New York. A new "Bull Run coalition" looks at water treatment options in Oregon and a variety of significant publications are available for bedtime reading.

Arsenic

Aluminum

  • California EPA's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment publishes the technical documents for the final Public Health Goal for aluminum
    Commentary: The PHG for aluminum is 0.60 mg/l.  OEHHA received extensive comments on its proposed PHG of 0.06 mg/l including input from the Association of California Water Agencies whose comments were based largely on a comprehensive analysis by Fred Pontius. OEHHA considered the comments received and their revised PHG was based on a number of factors.

  • An updated, complete list of current PHGs

Chromium

Operator Certification

Water Treatment
Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring
Small Water Systems
  • Small northern California system faces compliance and rate issues (Santa Rosa Press Democrat, April 5)
    Commentary:The problems faced by this small Sonoma County system of non-compliance with regulatory requirements, including non-reporting of water quality monitoring, and increased water rates are not that unusual for many small systems in the country.
Uranium
USEPA Budget
Publications

Mentors Share With Young Water Professionals at CA/NV AWWAl



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