December 24, 2003 -- Volume 4, No. 52 NEWS - The premier newsletter for the drinking water quality community.
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Happy Holidays!
Thanks to our readers for another good year. We appreciate all of the "story tips" you provide us from across the US, Canada and other nations. We thank you for bearing with us when we misplace a lake in the wrong state, misinterpret an acronym or mistranslate what is totally understandable to everyone who doesn't live in California or Texas. With our last issue in 2003, we wish you the best holiday season and the most prosperous new year. See you in January.

Our stockings are already full... of water quality issues! Large California quake; water damage unknown at press time. 'Twas the night before Christmas and... state source water protection programs are humming. Presidential campaign politics provides opportunity to rehash the arsenic risk-benefit discussion. What is a phosphogypsum stack, you say? Irish eyes are smiling 'cause they already know what they are getting for Christmas. Consumer attitude surveys in Oregon and UK give water officials some guidance. And... one last shot for the year: Did EPA really mean to say (in the LT2ESWTR) that if a PWS misses one sample, their Cryptosporidium removal requirement increases to the most stringent level? Really?

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  • Huge earthquake hits California's Central Coast; water system damage unknown
    (LA Times, December 21 - free registration required)
    Commentary: A 6.5 earthquake with its epicenter about midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco hit just hours before the NEWS went to press. Contacts with water agencies indicated that no major damage had been immediately identified but there were some leaks. Utility personnel were immediately out in the field checking facilities and making repairs.

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  • Arsenic regulation debate is politicized... but who started it? (Fox News, December 18)
    Commentary: "Make-believe risk often serves as a sufficient excuse for environmental regulations and making up risks is what the US Environmental Protection Agency relishes most, and does best." So goes this screed from the man who brings us the website. He cites the results of a recent UC Berkeley health study to support his contention that: "When the EPA has no data indicating actual cancer risk from real-life exposures to a particular substance, the agency employs a mathematical trick called the 'linear no-threshold' (LNT) model that, by its very definition, simply concocts risk."

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