March 13, 2002 -- Volume 3, No. 11 NEWS -- the premier newsletter for the drinking water quality industry.

This week's NEWS

Call goes out to Florida and So. California: Send all spare pink flamingos to New Hampshire! Compromise on MTBE & ethanol won't make everyone happy. What if you required NEW underground gas tank systems and..........they still leak? Perchlorate risk level in California rises to six....but? Multiple benefits may accrue with switch to chloramines in Florida. When a historic gold mine has an arsenic problem and its owner has an attitude, something is going to cease and desist! One man's battle is another woman's "vibrant discussion", says EPA's Joan of Arc! And water systems can get SRF money for arsenic problems......sooner rather than later!

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Water Treatment

DBPs: Health Issues/Lawsuit

MTBE and Ethanol

Federal Activity


  • California DWSRF's $$$$ will be available early for arsenic problems (PDF file, 2 pages)
    Commentary: CDHS makes it clear that public water systems with arsenic levels above 10 ppb will be able to access SRF funds without waiting for the state to formally adopt its own arsenic rule. It is also clear that California will not be ambiguous as to what the arsenic MCL actually is when they write their own rule, unlike the USEPA which has had to resort to "guidance" (somewhat confusing and of questionable enforceability) to show that 10 is the number, not 14.4! (NOTE: The MCL published in the Federal Register is 0.01 mg/l, not 0.010 mg/l. A statement in the "preamble" that 0.01 mg/l is the same as 10 micrograms/liter or 10 ppb does not make it so!)
  • Gold mine has arsenic in its waste discharge to stream (Grass Valley Union, March 2), the state issues a cease and desist order (Grass Valley Union, March 5), and an editorial urges "calm" (Grass Valley Union, March 6)

Groundwater Contamination

Endocrine Disruptors

State Updates

Water Security



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