| May 2, 2001 -- Volume 2, No. 18
This week's NEWS
Falsifying water quality records leads to legal charges. You can "hear" some of the news this week as Dr. Strangelove reappears in Arizona discussions of fluoridation while not-so-subtle roadblocks are proposed in the California legislature. Another Boxer-Clinton marriage (the future may be filled with these) would legislate a CCR arsenic advisory that is now in regulatory limbo......and it's blessed by a Kennedy! The 1999 California CCRs are scrutinized, dissected, vivisected and graded. A report critical of groundwater monitoring oversight by California EPA agencies is released to push legislation and a home treatment trade group releases tap water consumer survey to push..............sales?
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CCR final rule is effective
May 26 (PDF file)
watchdog groups grade California water system CCRs
in "report card"
(PDF, 51 pages) and some northern California water agencies are spotlighted (Contra Costa Times,
Water utilities that, in all but a few isolated
cases, fully meet the federal and state requirements
for providing water quality information to their
customers wonder about the arbitrary grading
criteria used by a coalition of public-interest
groups in assessing CCRs. But, everyone can
empathize with the Atascadero Mutual Water Company,
which received a miserable score of 25 in the
print-copy of the report based on tardiness in
distributing its CCR, but had its score changed to
101 (A+) and was recognized as having "one of
the state's finest CCRs"..............in the
errata on page
51 of the 51-page PDF version of the report.
Bottom line: Even if they are not included in the report,
public water systems will want to review the report
and give serious consideration to its
California water operator charged with falsifying
records (Santa Rosa Press
Democrat, April 27)
"Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we
practice to deceive!" To err is human, to
falsify a report is.............generally considered as
the most egregious of offenses. California Health and
Safety Code, Section 116730 includes, as one of the acts
that can result in a fine up to $25,000 and/or up to a
year in jail, the following: "Any person who
knowingly.....(1) Makes any false statement or
representation in any application, record, report, or
other document submitted....for purposes of compliance
with this chapter."
National Drinking Water Advisory Council will meet in El Paso, NM on
This is a meeting of the full council
under its new Chairman, Dr. David Spath, who heads
the California Drinking Water Program and is
President of the Association of State Drinking Water
Administrators. Contrary to other media reports, the
NDWAC workgroup proposed by USEPA to evaluate the
costs of the arsenic regulation will NOT be meeting
at that time as it will likely not yet be fully
constituted. Because NDWAC is a Federal Advisory
Committee Act (FACA) group, it is likely that USEPA
will need to publish a notice on the workgroup in
the Federal Register and that should occur
in Fallon, NV
leukemia case found in Fallon
(Excite News, April 27)
The identification of a "cluster" of
childhood leukemia cases in the Fallon area against
the background of high naturally-occurring arsenic
levels in the area groundwater, not unexpectedly,
causes fingers to be immediately pointed in that
direction. However, state and national health
experts currently do not feel there is a connection.
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