April 2, 2003 -- Volume 4, No. 14
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This week's NEWS
EPA hands out the drinking water SRF millions:  Big states get big shares. Little states get at least 1%! Operators get $30 million. Mayor Willie gets his wish: SF's Hetch Hetchy water bottled.......citizens say "ho-hum"! If you have something that will remove hexavalent chromium from drinking water, Uncle Sam wants you......in Glendale! When Alaska says their water is big, they mean BIG! Cornell U. has two problems and only one is the haloacetic acid level. The fluoridation flurries flourish feverishly.

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Federal Update
State Updates
  • California floats a colorful discussion draft of its IESWTR (PDF file, 42 pages)
  • Alaska opens its triennial review of ambient water quality standards
    Commentary: Although the review is not specifically about drinking water quality, Alaska takes a "big view" consistent with its size.  Its criteria are not limited to the federal CWA's "fishable/swimmable" goals but also include the controversial (at the federal level) "drinkable" and throws in "workable".....maybe to satisfy the unions.  There is little modesty needed when the state WPC folks say Alaska is BIG. Consider the unfathomable: It has 7 to 10 MILLION miles of rivers and streams. Its 30,000-45,000 miles of coastline is greater than ALL of the rest of the US.  But, are they just guessing? (+ or - 50%?)

  • CADHS issues consumer fact sheet on manganese to follow up on their setting a new Action Level

Water Security
  • Manufacturers with hexavalent chromium treatment technologies urged to respond to RFP
    (PDF file, 3 pages) 
    Commentary: Normally, we do not list RFPs in the NEWS, but since this one is directly related to gathering information for a potential MCL-setting process for hexavalent chromium, we decided to make an exception.  Oh, also, McGuire Environmental Consultants, Inc. is running the project that issued the RFP.  I guess that is important too!
    -- Michael J. McGuire, Publisher.

Water Research
Water Contamination
Microbiological Issues
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