| November 21, 2001 -- Volume 2, No. 46
This week's NEWS
It soon may be safe to bathe again in Rhode Island! All about arsenic: lawsuit chills philanthropic assistance to developing nations' safe water efforts; serendipity helps with arsenic mechanism discovery; arsenic in 1000s of private wells and uranium mines may foretell arsenic in ground water. "Dueling seminars" leave no excuse for being uninformed on water system security. Tasmanian devils may be needed to keep eels from making people feel "squirmy!" The only "turkey" this week occurred on The X-Files, but they did clear up (?) the chloramine question.
Chlorine Gas Safety
gas leaks at water and wastewater plants (Water Tech Online, November 16)
Chlorine gas safety at water and wastewater
facilities has been raised as an issue by EPA's
Office of Pesticide Programs as it reviews the
registration of chlorine gas. The review is
currently on the "back burner" at OPP.
The argument has been made that training and
certification issues related to use of chlorine in
drinking water treatment should be addressed by
EPA's Office of Drinking Water and Ground Water
under the SDWA and by State primacy agencies as
part of Operator Certification programs.
research finding on arsenic health-effect mechanisms
(Ascribe.org, November 12)
- Smaller systems and private wells
will be hard hit by new arsenic regulation in New
Sunday Citizen, November 18), in
(Seattle Times, November 18), and
where private wells near uranium mines found at risk for arsenic
(San Antonio Express-News,
says USEPA should not be setting arsenic
standard.....or any others! (National
Review, November 13)
Commentary on Commentator:
Professor Jonathan H. Adler, who claims to be an assistant professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, should spend a moment reading the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, and subsequent amendments, which requires the USEPA to set national standards for drinking water contaminants.
poisoning lawsuit against British "helping
hand" agency planned on behalf of Bangladesh
News Service, October 11)
mine site in Nevada may get Superfund designation
(Las Vegas Review-Journal,
chemical profile of arsenic is provided by the
Environmental Defense Scorecard
Uncovered Distribution Reservoirs
Barbara, CA open reservoir solution debated (Santa Barbara News-Press, November 18)
The tension between "a view for a few" and
"water quality for all" fuels the debate in
another water agency's approach to resolving an open
State Regulatory Activity
Federal Regulatory Activity
chloramines vindicated in X-Files
The X-Files secret agents find that
"Chloramines are harmless.......unless someone
has altered the molecular makeup to promote the
mutation of offspring." Fortunately, the
fictional EPA Deputy Director involved in this
"No Emmy Episode" is no longer with us.
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