| March 17, 2004 -- Vol. 5, No. 11
California perchlorate PHG
finally hits the fan. Hyperbole carries the day
in Nevada when radioactivity
is involved. Maybe
the Martians call it dihydrogen monoxide... or
is it styrofoam? Desalination
issues are bi-coastal.
Interior states hope all the
problems are solved before
global warming brings the
saltwater closer to
them. Here we go with those
again! Pete Seeger would
will we ever learn, when will
we ever learn?" Things
get a little weird with fluoridation
under the Northern
treatment and compliance
issues are curious for the
goes home to Oregon but you
will find NEMO in
EPA 2003 water factoids
(PDF file, 15 pages)
Another annual report and another
vocabulary lesson for our dear friends at
EPA. This publication is chock-full of
useful water information and wonderful
statistics. Presumably, they all are true;
"things known for certain to have occurred
or to be true." That would make them FACTS
(per OED). To the contrary, a FACTOID is "an
assumption or speculation that is reported and
repeated so often that it becomes
accepted as fact; a simulated or imagined
fact." Our EPA isn't making this stuff
up, are they? No... that would be the
job of the Defense Department. But wait,
what's this next story?
General report finds that USEPA's drinking water
compliance reports are misleading
(San Diego Union Tribune, March 12) The
I.G.'s report (PDF file, 22 pages)
the big newspapers, who put their corrections in
very small print on page 19, or the medical
profession, we would prefer to bury ours
too. But when, as one of our faithful
readers told us, "you aren't even
close", we are obliged to FUUP (that's 'fess
up, up front!). Last week we put the city of
Keizer in New Jersey when it belongs in Oregon.
Hey, we were only 3227 miles off.
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Strange but... true?
PCE and TCE
Michigan treatment plant promises leave
residents skeptical; "ClariCone" to
address arsenic, hardness, calcium and
lead... just for starters? (Flint Journal, March 15)
to know more about "ClariCone"?
or where it's been used? South
Carolina or Illinois
compliance and cost issues impact
smaller utilities in Tucson area; City
will address their few impacted wells
(Tucson Citizen, March 10)
water system's plea for more time for
arsenic compliance is denied by USEPA
despite state support (The
Times-News, March 14)
- New Hampshire
town approves $2.6 million bond for arsenic,
iron, manganese treatment
(Hampton Union, March 12)
One arsenic-removal option might be apparent
since the iron and manganese are already
present. Seabrook is obviously an
example of real hands-on New Hampshire democracy. The
residents must have lots of time on their
hands as they are asked to make critical
decisions on over 35 ballot measures.
The water treatment bond got the requisite 60%
as did $11,500 for a new toilet in the park.
Police, fire and animal control all got new
vehicles but there will be no new dump trucks
or snow plows this year.
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