November 17, 2004 -- Volume 5, No. 46
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This week's NEWS

Rapid notification for utilities on security matters.  USGS enters OWCs in the weird-chemicals-terminology war but......is xenobiotics the best catch-all?  Whether it's UST or LUST, EPA is liking what's been done.  When something happens to you today, how do they figure out it was related to the water you drank a year ago? The lead buck-stops-here spinner lands on Seattle school's facilities manager.   How close should that new house be allowed to a drinking water intake......in a lake?  Arsenic treatment in Arizona and in Nevada.  What if the sand diggers came to your filtration plant each night?


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Federal Update

  • USEPA's report on "Underground Storage Tanks: Building on the past to protect the future" (pdf file, 32 pages)
    Commentary:  This is a very pretty report filled with impressive statistics...........has there ever been a self-assessment of a program that concluded "we are not doing a good job"? Probably not.  But, there are definitely Good News-Bad News aspects of the UST story:  Good news:President Reagan signed the UST law (RCRA) in 1984; Bad news: It took a CBS 60 Minutes expose' to spur the action!  Good news: The number of new releases in 2003 is down 60% from the historical average of 27,000/year; Bad news: There were still 12,000 releases in 2003;  Good news- UST was discovered in 1984; Bad news: It took until 1986 to find LUST!  It is not clear whether the fact that only 33 states have EPA-approved programs but the other 17 (NY, NJ, CA, MI, OH, etc) operate their own under "cooperative agreements" with EPA is good news, bad news or something else?  And the beat goes on.......see MTBE


State Updates

  • CORRECTION:  Last week, in commenting on CA's new risk assessment for PCBs, we erred in translating the Federal MCL of 0.0005 mg/l to 5 ppb.  Of course, the MCL is 0.5 ppb.
  • Nebraska's November issue of Water Spout
  • CA DHS posts the latest discussion draft of proposed new Waterworks Standards (pdf file, 65 pages)
    Commentary: There is an ongoing "dialogue" between the Department and the regulated community and consultants about proposed Section 64563, Procedures for Determining Source Capacity, specifically subsection (a) related to sustained yield from wells.  However, the  controversial specifics are not reflected in this draft.

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