May 24, 2006 – Volume 7, No. 21
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This week's NEWS

Why take out a little arsenic when you can easily blend it down to meet the MCL? California district's policy makers decide that issue in one relatively small case. Serious penalties imposed for non-compliance, but proposed Malaysian penalty is very, very permanent! Research reports look at important issues of NDMA and membranes. EPA gives the DWSRF programs in 51 states and territories (and itself) good marks for 2005 and the 9-year-old program. Noted water quality researcher recognized with major award. The CCRs for 2005 are flowing forth! Water treatment projects come in all shapes and sizes. 3M = much about manganese in Madison. One EPA region clamps down on non-reporting utilities for failure to do security plans.


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Federal Updates

  • USEPA's 2005 Annual Report on the DWSRF Program (PDF file, 1.9 MB)
    Commentary: The progress reported for the DWSRF since its inception in 1997 is impressive. In 51 states, almost 4400 projects and special assistance programs have been funded with about $11.5 billion. Of interest is that while 73% of the project funds went to <10,000-person systems, surprisingly, only 39% of assistance funds went to the smaller systems.  EPA lauds the state DW regulatory programs for the flexibility and innovation in their DWSRF programs, where up to 31% of the combined SRF money (federal grants + the 20% required state match) can be used for non-construction assistance programs.  (No surprise that the report does not mention that the SDWA-authorized $1 billion per year for the DWSRF has seldom been requested by the Executive branch nor approved for appropriation by Congress.)

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  • California city drops copper sulfate in face of threatened legal action (Napa Valley Register, May 23)
    Commentary: "If they choose copper sulfate, we choose litigation. It's that simple. Our experts see it as detrimental. And the city has not given us enough information for us to waive our concerns,"  says a representative of Living Rivers Council, a local environmental group.

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