February 27, 2002 -- Volume 3, No. 9
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This week's NEWS

Gold and silver medals go to the Canadian water teams!  Will the Hesperians protest?  "I wanna be a watershed surveyor..........in Nepal!"  EPA bucks are available for "small business" arsenic research. Cyanide may not be the weapon of choice.....if you have to haul it to the target...in your pocket....through a tunnel.  Legislation would give DWSRF big increases, but what are the chances? Radon is back. Where's it been?  A plethora of candidates for Superfund groundwater contamination cleanup funds and....a dearth of funding for the program.


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Radon

Water System Security

Federal Legislation

  • Senators introduce S. 1961 "The Water Investment Act of 2002" and the Text of S. 1961
    Commentary: The bill would make significant changes in the SDWA and CWA SRFs, more perhaps on the pollution-control side, as some of the DWSRF features are added to the CWSRF. The DWSRF funding would increase dramatically from the current $1 billion/year (which never has been actually appropriated) to $1.5 billion in 2003 going to $6 billion in 2007. NAS would do a 2-year, $2 million study on rate-setting and affordability and $20 million/year in "demonstration" grants would be shared by drinking water and pollution-control entities for innovative or alternative solutions.

Water Litigation

Source Water Protection
  • Nepal watershed preserved (Lycos Environment News Service, February 19)
    Commentary: The new Shivapuri National Park will provide protection for over 25% of the water supply for Kathmandu Valley's million residents. A watershed sanitary survey would likely include high-altitude gear, a wary eye for man-eating creatures and some understanding of any possible human pathogens accompanying the scat of langur monkeys, Himalayan black bears and spotted leopards.
  • Poultry farm rules passed in Oklahoma (Oklahoman, February 22)

1,4-dioxane

Fluoride

Arsenic

Copper

Superfund

  • Source of funding for Superfund jeopardized by inaction (NY Times, February 25)
    Commentary:  The decision by the Bush administration to forego re-authorizing the taxes (on both chemical producers and polluting industries) that were designed to fund the Superfund cleanup program may sound its death knell.  Reports on new and continuing groundwater contamination show up weekly. (See below)

Groundwater

MTBE and Ethanol

MTBE Contamination

Water Treatment Issues

Health Effects Issues

A Taste of Water

International


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