December 11, 2002 -- Volume 3, No. 50 NEWS -- the premier newsletter for the drinking water quality industry.

This week's NEWS

Perchlorate risk assessment in California gets messier and messier (those are not French words!) as litigation impacts peer-review process. Possible investment advice: Buy a private water-testing lab in NJ. Colorado city on brink of issuing milestone report on fluoridation. EPA provides updated and improved database for contaminant occurrence. Environmental groups give water vending machine company the old one-two punch! There's "chemical cocktails," high benzene levels, not-fit-for-a-dog water, and Lead-210 all lingering in the news.

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State Update
Water Security
Source Water Protection
Water Vending Machines: Lawsuit
Water Contamination
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