| January 22, 2003 -- Volume 4, No. 4
|This week's NEWS
Bromate may trigger warnings on bottled waters in California?
What is the deal with this tungsten stuff? Nevada utilities find out if they've got any.
A new perchlorate plume in California groundwater? So, what's new? Lots of FREE stuff...
well tests, bottled water.......training, small system assessment toolkit.
"Show me the money" is the key to fluoridation decisions in at least three states.
Ozone tested on blue-green algae odor problem in Wichita.
New lesson in cost-benefit logic from Omaha: Only treat the water for that one-in-a-million guy who might get sick!
Is Garrison Keillor now writing the Minnesota newsletter?
AWWA elects first woman president
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|Bromate in Bottled Water
may face California Catch 22 with bromate
(Water Quality Association News, January 16)
Commentary: Producers of bottled
water sold in California, especially those that use ozone in the bottling
process, may soon be confronted with a "Catch 22" in
the uniquely Californian Proposition 65. Because OEHHA has added
bromate to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals considered to cause cancer
toxicity, but has not yet established the "no significant risk" level
for bromate, bottlers with ANY level of bromate may have to provide "clear
and reasonable" warnings on their bottle labels.
Water utilities that routinely and constantly must respond to "action
levels", public health goals, MCL goals and regular comprehensive consumer
confidence reporting, may be saying: "Welcome to the club!"
(Ironically, passage of Proposition 65 was spurred, in part, by the
constant denigration of public drinking water quality by some in the "alternative
drinking water source" community.)
of private wells in Santa Clara County, CA shows
perchlorate plume migrating
(Mercury News, January 16)
residents think they should have been told earlier.....by the water agency?
(Mercury News, January 18)
and hundreds of well owners request free well tests and bottled water
(Mercury News, January 20)
Clara VWD provides extensive information on perchlorate origin and groundwater detections
California regional water board
orders clean-up of perchlorate plume by San Bernardino county and approves one industry's settlement offer
(Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, January 17)
but has difficulty in
the corporate veil" of another alleged polluter
(Press Enterprise, January 21 - free site registration required)
Alleged corporate perchlorate-polluter's attorney tells enforcers:
"It's not my job to tell you who to sue!" (Editor's Note: The reference is to an alleged polluter, not an alleged attorney.)
New Mexico officials not surprised by Los Alamos Lab contamination
(Santa Fe New Mexican, January 16)
perchlorate clean-up project in Los Angeles county desert is lurching forward
(LA Daily News, January 19)
Meanwhile, a California
schedules a local public hearing on groundwater perchlorate in Los Angeles and Ventura counties
(Ventura County Star, January 16)
|NEWS CONTINUED BELOW
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tungsten levels found in drinking water in Fallon leukemia area but not in other
but an expert says
is no information on health effects of tungsten in drinking water
A summary of all of
and a map showing tungsten deposits and sample
locations are provided.
(Reno Gazette Journal, January 18)
area water tests show low values for heavy metals
(Reno Gazette Journal, January 21)
on New Hampshire school TCE contamination gets lost
(Providence Journal, January 15)
water district exceeds lead action level for first time since first tests in 1993
(Times Record, January 15)
results from extensive, proactive testing by San Diego county water district still don't satisfy some concerned about "alleged"
cancer cluster in area
(San Diego Union Tribune, January 18)
community notified that TTHM and haloacetic
acid levels exceed new standards
(Herald Democrat, January 19)
California city gets money to offset San Gabriel
Valley groundwater basin cleanup cost
(Pasadena Star News, January 20)
Tennessee private well owners will get bottled water
until carbon filters are tested
(Knox News, January 17)
contamination may derail proposed Wisconsin aquifer storage/recovery project
(Green Bay Press Gazette, January 17)
|Military Clean-up Issues
- A very comprehensive (lengthy)
two-part series explores the toxic and "explosive" legacy of the military in
Maryland and the U.S.
(Baltimore Sun, January 19 & 20)
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