This week's NEWS
Small water system operators will get financial help on certification. Tucson introduces Colorado River water to its customers again, but with a solid plan to prevent problems. EPA announces how it will go about its review of the "suspended" arsenic regulation and sets the time schedule. The debate on the arsenic regulatory issue continues on multiple fronts: technical, cost, policy.....and political. Public Health Goal report guidance is available for larger California systems. Latest draft regulation on recharging groundwater with recycled water addresses controversial issues.
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requests comments on nine month delay of arsenic
proposes to delay final arsenic rule until 2/02 (New
York Times, April 18 - requires registration) and
AWWA explains the public participation process
(AWWA Waterweek, April 19)
drinking water regulators support stricter arsenic standard
(Ohio.com, April 21)
Congresswoman uses state arsenic levels to call for
Sun-Times, April 23)
- Almost diametrically opposed
viewpoints on USEPA's drinking water regulatory
actions, with Point: Study
arsenic standard would have increased cancer risk
(Fox News, April 17), Counterpoint: Lower
arsenic standard will save lives (Rachel's
Environment and Health News #722, April 12) and
Hoover Institute fellow asks "What is safe and
at what price?" (Contra
Costa Times, April 23)
Doonesbury weighs in on arsenic (Doonesbury.com,
Mexico continues to have concerns about the impact of
arsenic (San Francisco
Chronicle, April 20)
suggests that arsenic may affect DNA
(WaterTech Online, April
- Nevada Health Division provides
on results of an Expert Panel review of the
Fallon leukemia cluster and Fallon
residents continue to be less than alarmed about
arsenic in drinking water (San Jose Mercury News, April
19) As part of its NAWQA program, US
Geological Survey reports on the groundwater quality in the
Fallon area (pdf file, 98
group asks Florida governor to be more proactive on
arsenic wood preservatives (Environmental
News Network, April 18)
Arizona Water Quality Solutions
finalizes additional guidelines on water system
operator certification (Federal
Register, April 18)
The most significant aspect of the changes
included in these final guidelines relates to reimbursement for operators of small water systems (< 3300
persons) for education and certification
costs. California could receive over $8 million
eventually while Texas will get close to $10 million.
(The difference has more to do with the number of
systems in this category in each state than with who is
President and where he hails from.) At the other
end of the spectrum, Nevada will receive about $750,000.
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