May 4, 2005 – Volume 6, No. 18
official sdw.com NEWS welcome to Mr.
Johnson of the USEPA. $1.9
billion for a few Senators' pork and... $0.8
billion for the entire nation's SRF programs? What's
the best way to get polluters (including U.S. government?)
to pay for perchlorate clean-ups?
Litigation or cooperation? Twist and Shout: Solving
the Midwest's radium problems.
Chlorine comes to Lacey,
WA, to stay. New Hampshire senator is asked: "Where's
the beef?" for MTBE cleanup
as more states debate bans.
Water System Funding
Domenici (R-NM) re-introduces massive financial assistance
bill to help "small" systems... up to 200,000
$1.9 BILLION would be authorized to help out poor,
small systems anywhere in the U.S., with small being
less than 200,000 persons and poor defined as disadvantaged
now or about to be made so by a USEPA regulation!
Oh yeah, that size limit doesn't apply to Scottsdale,
AZ, El Paso County, TX, and select counties in Nevada
and Nebraska. (Hence, the co-sponsors!) While
it appears that any SDWA improvement would qualify,
it is clearly focused on arsenic compliance issues.
North Dakota systems face arsenic compliance issues...
and all of them are a little different (Grand
Forks Herald, April 28)
small Nebraska towns (combined population 2000) solve
arsenic (and U) problems by avoiding treatment...
with new regional system and lots of funding help
(McCook Daily Gazette, April 28)
a More Effective Operational Response, Arsenic Contamination
of Groundwater in South and East Asian Countries,"
(In Two Volumes) (World Bank and Water
and Sanitation Program, April, 2005)
challenges New Hampshire senator to come clean on
his plan: where's the money to pay for immunity in
York "victims" not happy with proposed immunity
for MTBE-makers (Times-Herald Record,
on proposed New Jersey MTBE ban pits air quality vs.
drinking water, and once again, politics makes strange
bedfellows (Asbury Park Press,
Indicating a preference for MTBE over ethanol, Jeff
Tittel of the Sierra Club's New Jersey chapter said,
"A whale came up the Delaware, and I'm agreeing
with (Chemical Council lobbyist) Hal Bozarth."
debate going on in Delaware legislature on MTBE ban
(Associated Press, May 2); Delaware
House Bill 105 would also ban 11 MTBE substitute chemicals
Hampshire editorial points all its fingers at state
for "near-highest" MTBE contamination and
slow notification (Nashua Telegraph,
station linked to MTBE in 225 residential wells shuts
down (Baltimore Sun, April 28)
Hampshire's Attorney General unsure of the future
of the state lawsuit with oil companies because of
the Energy Bill (Concord Monitor,
county worried it will have to pay for the cleanup
of wells (Plumas News, May 3)
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