August 8, 2007 – Volume 8, No. 32
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This week's NEWS

TCE Act of 2007 = Toxic Congressional Entervention: They want new rules... and they want them now! Largest U.S. water supplier ready to start fluoridating as other utilities face treatment chemical shortages. Hawaiian PUC thinks T&M can make it without any F!  Florida town tried to flush all the coliform from well but will resort to disinfection. Cross-connections with non-approved water sources in the spotlight. Bottled water: Show me the money! Negative press on bottled water continues and industry fights back.


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State Updates

  • Idaho adopts federal Stage 2 D/DBPR and LT2 ESWTR by reference while California closes in on adopting its own version of the IESWTR
  • Hawaii's capacity development (TMF) report to the Governor (PDF file, 409 K)
    Commentary: Hawaii's drinking water primacy agency highlights successes in getting some smaller systems into compliance and capable of staying there. Even if a system has the T (technical) and the M (managerial) components, they can't do the deal without the F (financial). Ironic that another state agency may be the problem for small investor-owned utilities: "As an example, a small water system serving 1,005 service connections recently filed for a rate change for improvements and their cost to date is $195,000. The small water systems in low to medium communities need a simplified and low-cost method to file rate changes with the PUC. The SDWB did meet with the PUC in the past on this issue, however the PUC stated that it would not change their procedures for small water systems."

Water Advisories

Water Treatment

Microbiological

TCE 

  • Senators Clinton and Dole introduce bill to require EPA to adopt new TCE MCL (White Plains CitizeNetReporter, August 1); S. 1911; Senator Dole's interest focused on Camp Lejeune, which is the subject of an ongoing NAS project
    Commentary: As with other contaminants (can you spell perchlorate?), there are some who feel EPA is dragging its feet in reacting to a July 2006 NRC report (PDF file, 235 K) that says TCE may be more harmful than previously thought. The proposed answer is to make science and regulations happen according to a political schedule. The bill lays down a very tight timeline for EPA to issue a revised health advisory, propose a new MCL in one year, and finalize it six months later. And how long did it take a Senate staffer to come up with the oh-so-clever title: "This Act may be cited as the 'Toxic Chemical Exposure Reduction Act of 2007' or the `TCE Reduction Act of 2007.'"  EPA will be reviewing the TCE MCL in 2008 regardless of this legislation.

Polonium-210

Uranium

MTBE

  • ConocoPhillips pays $25,000 penalty related to non-cleanup of 2002 Massachusetts gasoline spill (Worcester Telegram, August 2)
    Commentary: "The energy company, headquartered in Houston, was cited by the Department of Environmental Protection for submitting a final cleanup report last year without having installed a treatment system approved by the state three years ago."

    It doesn't seem the penalty is appropriate to the crime - maybe some oily executive should be doing time?

Disinfection Byproducts

 

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Cross-Connection

Fluoridation

Perchlorate

Bottled Water

  • Bottled water: A River of Money! (MSN, August 3)
    Commentary: Among the fascinating tidbits in this lengthy article are the following: "And in Fiji, a state-of-the-art factory spins out more than a million bottles a day of the hippest bottled water on the U.S. market today, while more than half the people in Fiji do not have safe, reliable drinking water. That means it is easier for the typical American in Beverly Hills or Baltimore to get a drink of safe, pure, refreshing Fiji water than it is for most people in Fiji."  AND "...people tell me, 'You guys have done some great marketing to get customers to pay for water,' " Jeffery says. "But we aren't that smart. We had to have a hell of a lot of help from the consumer." AND ONE MORE: "Bottled water is not a sin. But it is a choice."

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Perfluorochemicals

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Infrastructure

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