| June 16, 2004 -- Vol. 5, No. 24
sighting in Kentucky. RO
membrane softening plants
in Michigan are watched with
panel report adds fuel to the
fire as does scientist's NAS
resignation. Much ado
quality issues in Massachusetts.
How much is the last little part per billion worth?
Some are fearful about arsenic
in water......others fear arsenic in regulation. The
UK Thames desalination
debate sounds like a beer
commercial: "Less salt!
More meters!" ERP happens!
Even in Mendocino?
Source Water Protection
in California's Central Valley worry that State DHS
may adopt a more stringent (than 10 ppb) MCL with
(San Joaquin Record, June 10)
Fanning the speculative flames is OEHHA's
non-regulatory public health goal of 4 parts per
trillion which is the DHS standard-setting target
limited only by the parameters of the State's very
own "reality show" starring analytical
limits, treatment availability, costs
and...........common sense. The story featured a
slip-of-the-pen (or tongue...or brain) "We're
working on it now," said (DHS press spokesman)
Miller, who noted state allowable levels are
sometimes higher or lower than federal
standards. Not recently!
park next to Fallon, NV asks city for help with arsenic
Valley News, June 14)
If USEPA really believes in its SDWA mantra of
getting rid of non-viable little water systems
through consolidation, TMF rules, etc., it will find
a way to help Nevada use SRF funds to
make this "consolidation" happen.
SDWA Compliance Issues
group protests proposed first UK desalination plant
(Guardian, June 14)
With plans to take water from the Thames only during
the ebb tide (25% as salty as seawater) and not to
run the plant "at full whack all the year
round", this is the first of a number of
similar proposals on the British horizon. The
opposition suggests conservation is a more effective
and environmentally-friendly way to go citing the
fact the water company only has meters on 19% of
their London area customers.
"technical impracticability" waiver on PCE
cleanup at California base
(LA Daily News, June 14)
With controversy swirling about the heads of DOD for
seeking exceptions, exemptions, waivers, and other
excuses from environmental cleanups, some
conspiracy-theory buffs will probably try to make a
connect to this request at Edwards AFB. The
"law of diminishing returns" and the cost
per unit of contaminant removed may be factored in
where there is clearly no public health threat.
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