December 8, 2004 -- Volume 5, No. 49
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Is perchlorate everywhere?  Or does lettuce from some areas go everywhere?  FDA study raises questions.  Maybe NTUs and FTUs are not the only turbidity units.  Much ado in Oklahoma about arsenic notices.   Maybe the former EPA guy is a Trojan fan trying to distract the Sooner faithful!  Chloramines issue just won't go to bed in San Francisco.  Seattle schools may be paving the way for national approach to lead issue.  

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  • Scientists are working on a biological and chemical water sensor (Oakland Tribune, December 7)
    Commentary:  Healthy skepticism greeted the announcement that a rapid, on-line sensor to pick out pathogenic organisms  was at hand.  The developers of the prospective new device suggest they may find some surprises in treated water that utilities and regulators will have to address.

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