June 1, 2005 Volume 6, No. 22
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This week's NEWS

Five years later, a new training center for small Canadian water systems. Plus, there is more in the aftermath of Walkerton. North Carolina will test hypothesized chloramine-lead link. Uranium in two different waters generates interesting lawsuit and need for PR. NAS perchlorate assessment critiqued (and criticized) by state health staffers. The Water Education Foundation in California breaks out its new source water newsletter. There's lots more to the National Academies than drinking water.


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Federal Updates

  • USEPA "Factoids: Drinking Water and Ground Water Statistics for 2004" (PDF file, 76 K)
    Commentary:
      While these really are facts and not factoids (assuming they are not the figment of an EPA HQ statistician's imagination), the real question is "what do they mean?"  or rather, how meaningful are the data?  When compliance in one region (#2) goes up by 26%, while in two other regions (#3 and #9), it drops by 10-12%, one has to ask: Is this just a data reporting glitch?  Or are folks in New York and New Jersey that much safer this year than last?

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Perchlorate

Water Legalities

  • New Hampshire woman files lawsuit over uranium contamination (Concord Monitor, May 26)
    Commentary:  The premise of the lawsuit is interesting in that it doesn't claim the condo seller violated any drinking water standard (there was none for uranium in New Hampshire at the time of the sale). Follow the bouncing ball: 1. Seller didn't advise that a radon filter was in place; 2. Radon and uranium co-occur; 3. Buyer could have taken anti-U measures, had she known.

Uranium

  • EPA warns private well owners about uranium risks; mining operation denies responsibility (San Antonio Express News, May 29; free registration required)
    Commentary: WANTED!  One good PR firm to represent financially troubled uranium-mining firm in Texas.  The job: Convince nearby private-well owners that the uranium in their water comes from natural causes.  Starting point: "The company, Dallas-based Uranium Resources Inc., denies having any role, arguing that the contamination seeped naturally into the wells and likely had been there for years. 'The only person they could assign blame to is Mother Nature,' said Mark Pelizza, URI vice president in charge of health, safety, and environmental affairs."

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