SDWA.......only 30 years
old but still finding some new
wrinkles! The dirt under
politics! When good
science is......in the eyes of
the beholder. What's
your choice? Safe
national defense? With fluoride
in some locales, it ain't over
til it's over! Arsenic
in Nevada: some finally comply
with the old MCL and others
look beyond 2006 for
compliance with the new
MCL. Lawyers in DC write
compelling non-fiction for LCR
devotees. Those wild
and crazy Swedes are
doing it again!
This is our last issue this
year. Thanks for your eyes and input
in 2004. Have a
wonderful holiday and a safe
but joyful New Year. We
look for 2005 to bring us all
of your MCLs! (Most Courteous
US Safe Drinking Water Act
is 30 years old
Commentary: EPA has prepared
10 straightforward papers for the lay public on different facets of the
SDWA. Even the most experienced water wonk may find these primers helpful
to remind them of some of the fundamental precepts of the law.
- Oregon community changes treatment, faces multiple problems
(Newport News Times, December 17)
Commentary: Illustrating the "unintended consequences" principle and the critical need to look at all reverberations before changing water treatment processes, Newport reacted to increased DBPs and ended up with brown water. The chemical proposed for algae-control is an EPA- and NSF Std 60-approved material.
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depth and behind the scenes: Investigative journalists dig into
debate on perchlorate health risk, science, cost and...politics
(Riverside Press-Enterprise, December 19)
Commentary: This detailed report looks under the rug, behind closed doors and...inside email programs. The general conclusion is captured by this excerpt: "Good science could settle much of the debate. But the industries that make and use perchlorate have mingled politics and public relations with science in their campaign to convince the government that small amounts of the chemical in drinking water will not harm the public." (Note: P-E Reporter Doug Beeman is the small-media market's Bob Woodward.)
- Perchlorate treatment is big business! Inside source indicates NAS report may go further than expected
(Business Week, December 15)
- CA Senator wants EPA to set MCL faster than EPA can do it
(Riverside Press-Enterprise, December 18)
- Reporter angry about technical journal's rewrite of her perchlorate article
(Riverside Press- Enterprise, December 19)
- No info as to where the perchlorate in their private wells came from ...but Iowa town looks at alternatives for a new municipal system: drill or import?
(Iowa City Press-Citizen, December 20)
MA is still waiting for perchlorate advisory
to be lifted
Sun, December 18)
|Unrelated to Arsenic? Fallon, NV cancer cluster
|Source Water and Watershed Protection
|Potential Endocrine Disruptors
- Fluoride debate renewed in Bend, Oregon area
(Bend Bulletin, December 16)
Commentary: The old saw that "the Italian musical production is not completed until the well-endowed dowager warbles" surely applies to the subject of fluoridation in Bend (and a few other places). The history shows the people voting for fluoridation in 1952, the Oregon Supreme Court upholding the vote in 1956, the people voting for a "no fluoridation" ordinance later in 1956, and a vote to overturn the ordinance failing in 2000.
With that history, it takes courage and maybe a masochistic perseverance to start a new fluoridation effort.
Juneau, AL stopped fluoridating to study copper
levels and then restarted, they kicked off
Empire, December 17)
- Will fluoride rinse help Swedes set new kissing record?
(Associated Press, December 20)
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