February 1, 2006 – Volume 7, No. 5
provides minor corrections to LT2ESWTR
and Stage 2 D/DBP rule. GAO report
on EPA and state performance in the lead control arena:
It's not an A+! School-lead issues
are in the spotlight and EPA has comprehensive guidance
available. Surely someone is happy about EPA's new "protective"
cleanup guidance for perchlorate... but they're
not talking. Pharmaceuticals in
recycled wastewater used for groundwater recharge...
West Coast to East Coast. How much is one part per quintillion?
Ask your druggist! What do wholesale,
consecutive, and combined systems have in common?
Stage 2 compliance problems!
adopts new lab accreditation requirements
The stimuli for the new rules are interesting, to
wit: "Recently however, several highly publicized
instances of laboratory fraud or reliance on faulty
data have undermined the public's confidence in the
data generated by environmental laboratories. Presently,
in this Commonwealth only the Drinking Water Program
and the Oil and Gas Program address the issue of data
quality through a laboratory accreditation program.
The quality of laboratory data used to determine compliance
with the remaining Department regulations is unknown.
Without these regulations, verification of the accuracy
of data submitted to the Department is a very costly
and time-consuming task."
public notification regulations up for second comment
period: MTBE changes made; the notice
(PDF file, 37 K) and the proposed
revised rule (PDF file, 469 K)
USEPA provides extensive help for schools and child-care
facilities to reduce lead in drinking water
media release, January 26)
EPA's voluntary 3T program includes "Training,
Testing, and Telling" but there is a lot more
to it than that.
GAO says EPA's efforts to control lead are inadequate
(WJLA, January 26);
The GAO report: "EPA should strengthen efforts
to ensure that consumers are protected from lead contamination"
(PDF file, 1010 K)
Camp Pendleton, CA, USMC base making progress with
lead issue (North County Times,
RI, exceeds lead action level (ABC6
News, January 31)
USEPA issues guidance for protective cleanups of perchlorate
media release, January 26);
guidance (PDF file, 444K)
guidance is for cleanup projects under the National
Contingency Plan. While it is not directly applicable
to drinking water, it demonstrates EPA's thought process,
to wit: "EPA has determined that the RfD recommended
by NRC and adopted by EPA represents the best available
science regarding the toxicity of perchlorate."
to the guidance:
New Massachusetts perchlorate standard expected anytime...
soon? (Cape Cod Times, January
Preliminary CDC study suggests perchlorate may be
more widespread in foods than previously thought
(Riverside Press Enterprise, January
Site identified for Pasadena, CA, perchlorate treatment
plant (San Gabriel Valley Tribune,
Is this good news for U.S. taxpayers? Find a city
with a vacant lot, build a treatment plant for $2
million, lease it to the city for $3 million a year.
What an amortization schedule! Wait – the federal
agency then reimburses the city for the rent? Savings
bonds are looking good after all.
in Indiana farming area are concerned about groundwater
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