This week's NEWS
California gets new arsenic and chromium laws. MTBE is
pronounced "manageable" by Methanol
Institute, while small R.I. water agency struggles with
MTBE contamination and bottled water. Who knew what when
and who will pay? Arsenic issues were heard by Congress but
the action is at EPA. Constructive advice for utilities
on emergency preparation is provided, more is coming and
AMWA wants big bucks to help utilities prepare.
- California governor signs arsenic and chromium legislation. (Sacramento Bee, October 8)
Texts of SB 351 (Frommer, D-Glendale) on hexavalent chromium, and
SB 463 (Perata, D-Alameda) on arsenic.
provides update on the arsenic regulation
issues NODA on arsenic reports; comments due by October 31
(Federal Register, October 5)
Insiders refer to this as "the naked NODA"
and expect another NODA ("fully clothed?")
to be issued soon that will indicate how EPA is
interpreting and addressing the three special
regulation is the subject of U.S. House of Representatives hearing on
October 4 and the
testimony of all six witnesses can be read (or heard!)
- Media reactions to the hearing
Nevada cost-impact (Las
Vegas Review-Journal, October 5 )
towns will seek federal help with expected arsenic rule
(Yahoo News, October 4)
Not unexpectedly, the testimony of the six witnesses
varied proportionately to their background,
orientation and expertise. The projected cost
increases cited ranged from the NRDC's $3/mo for 90%
of households affected and $30/mo for the smallest
systems to that of the City Engineer from Hot
Springs, SD (pop. 4100) who said the water rate
would triple to about $70/month.
State Regulatory Activity
Federal Regulatory Activity
Water Treatment Research
Source Water Protection
International Water Issues
Central Arizona Project
Ground Water Contamination
Water Quality Monitoring
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