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ASABE Endorses Natural-Fiber Products In Remediating Oil Spill - June 15, 2010

The Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers announces its endorsement of the use of natural-fiber products such as cotton in remediating the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Cotton and many cotton byproducts provide crucial benefits over synthetic materials, like polypropylene, in recovering oil from the ocean. Cotton fiber can absorb about 40 times its weight in oil, whereas currently used synthetics have a capacity of 10 to 20 times their weight. In addition, the oil absorbed by cotton, along with the cotton itself, will degrade naturally in the environment, which is not the case for synthetics. Also, cotton fiber and its fibrous byproducts can be reused to absorb additional oil. More

WHO Says H1N1 Flu Still a Pandemic - International Agency Says Swine Flu Is Still Infecting People, But Virus Is Past Peak - June 3, 2010

Even as an emergency committee that advises the World Health Organization announced today that swine flu is still a pandemic, medical authorities in the United States say the H1N1 virus is past its peak. World Health Organization director Margaret Chan said the current pandemic alert level will remain at the highest possible -- phase 6. Chan said the WHO may revisit the decision in July. Between 43 million and 89 million people caught H1N1 in the year since U.S. officials discovered the virus in April 2009 and between 8,870 and 18,300 people died, according to estimates by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  But the CDC stopped reporting H1N1 flu infections by late May, stating on its Web site that "only a small number of influenza viruses are being reported, most of which are 2009 H1N1." More

Finding Natural Gas Safely - New York Times - March 28, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency will soon begin a much-needed study of the effects on water quality and public health of a method of extracting natural gas called hydraulic fracturing. An E.P.A. investigation in 2004 was rightly seen as superficial and skewed toward industry, which provided much of the underlying data. This one must be comprehensive and transparent.  More

UNEP: Time To Cure Global Tide Of Sick Water - Water Online - March 22, 2010

Nairobi and Rio de Janeiro — Transforming wastewater from a major health and environmental hazard into a clean, safe and economically-attractive resource is emerging as a key challenge in the 21st century. It is a challenge that will continue to intensify as the world undergoes rapid urbanization, industrialization and increasing demand for meat and other foods unless decisive action is taken says a new United Nations report released today. Urban populations are projected to nearly double in 40 years, from current 3.4 billion to over six billion people — but already most cities lack adequate wastewater management due to aging, absent or inadequate sewage infrastructure. The new report, called Sick Water?, says some two million tons of waste, estimated to equal two or more billion tons of wastewater is being discharged daily into rivers and seas spreading disease to humans and damaging key ecosystems such as coral reefs and fisheries. More

EPA's Phase 1 Evaluation Report - Hudson River Drudging

On March 8, 2010, EPA and General Electric Company (GE) released the final version of their respective Phase 1 Evaluation Reports for the Hudson River dredging project. EPA will accept public comment on the reports until April 22, 2010 submit a comment. These reports replace draft versions of the reports exchanged in mid-January, pursuant to the Consent Decree under which GE performed Phase 1 of the dredging. GE's Phase 1 Evaluation Report is available at www.hudsondredging.com More Info

The Lithium Chase New York Times - March 9, 2010

For many years, few metals drew bigger yawns from mining executives than lithium, a lightweight element long associated mostly with mood-stabilizing drugs.  Suddenly, the yawns are being replaced by eurekas. As awareness spreads that lithium is a crucial ingredient for hybrid and electric cars, a global hunt is under way for new supplies of the metal. More

EPA to Hold Public Listening Sessions on Potential Stormwater Rule

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold five listening sessions to provide information to the public about a potential rule to strengthen stormwater regulations and to establish a comprehensive program to reduce stormwater from new development and redevelopment. These potential regulations would help to reduce stormwater discharges that can harm water quality into nearby waterways. EPA seeks input on the following preliminary regulatory considerations: expand the area subject to federal stormwater regulations; establish specific requirements to control stormwater discharges from new development and redevelopment; develop a single set of consistent stormwater requirements for all municipal separate storm sewer systems; require those sewer systems to address stormwater discharges in areas of existing development through retrofitting the sewer system or drainage area with improved stormwater control measures; and explore specific stormwater provisions to protect sensitive areas.

The sessions will be held:

  • January 19, 2010, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at EPA Region 5 Office, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

  • January 20, 2010, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at EPA Region 9 Office, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, Calif.

  • January 25, 2010, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at EPA Region 8 Office, 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, Colo.

  • January 26, 2010, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at EPA Region 6 Office, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200 Dallas, Texas

  • January 28, 2010, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at EPA HQ Office, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

The public can register by going to the Web site below.

EPA will accept written comments on the preliminary rulemaking considerations until February 26, 2010.

More information on listening sessions, the potential rule and instructions for submitting written comments:

Bacteria Linked To Feces Found In Nearly Half Of Fast Food Soda Fountains (Huffington Post) (Jan. 7, 2010)

This time, it's not the food, but the soda fountains to be worried about. According to Tom Laskawy, a media and technology professional and blogger for grist.org, a team of microbiologists from Hollins University found that 48% of sodas tested from the fast food fountains contain coliform bacteria, which is typically fecal in origin. And most bacteria found were antibiotic resistant, as icing on the cake. More

That Tap Water Is Legal but May Be Unhealthy (NY Times) (Dec. 17, 2009)

The 35-year-old federal law regulating tap water is so out of date that the water Americans drink can pose what scientists say are serious health risks — and still be legal.

Only 91 contaminants are regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, yet more than 60,000 chemicals are used within the United States, according to Environmental Protection Agency estimates. Government and independent scientists have scrutinized thousands of those chemicals in recent decades, and identified hundreds associated with a risk of cancer and other diseases at small concentrations in drinking water, according to an analysis of government records by The New York Times.

But not one chemical has been added to the list of those regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act since 2000. More

49 Million In U.S. Exposed to Dangerous Water (NY Times) (Dec. 8, 2009)

According to a lead article featured on Page 1 of the December 8, 2009 National Edition of The New York Times more than 20% of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years. Since 2004 the water provided to more than 49 million people has contained illegal concentrations of chemicals like arsenic or radioactive substances like uranium.

In was noted that “in response to inquiries submitted by Senator Boxer, the Environmental Protection Agency has reported that more than three million Americans have been exposed since 2005 to drinking water with illegal concentrations of arsenic and radioactive elements, both of which have been linked to cancer at small doses.”

"Since 2004, more than 20 percent of the country's water treatment systems failed to meet the standards set out by the Safe Drinking Water Act. That means that while the law requires tap water to be safe, the truth is that more than 49 million people have been exposed to dangerous water during that time. And we're not talking about meaningless bureaucratic rules." More

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AP: EPA unveils new policies on water at schools (Dec. 9, 2009)

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a new national strategy to enforce safe drinking water laws in small, rural communities on Tuesday and pledged to redouble efforts to protect children from toxic water in schools. The announcement came during a hearing by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held to examine reports of widespread water contamination and unsafe levels of lead and other toxics flowing through the pipes at thousands of U.S. schools.

As part of the new approach, EPA officials said the agency would pay particular attention to chronic violators and said in some cases they would ask small water systems to restructure or merge to improve their safety records. The hearing followed an Associated Press investigation showing that roughly one in five schools with their own wells violated the Safe Drinking Water Act in the past decade, a problem that until now has gone largely unmonitored by the federal government. 

EPA: Uranium From Polluted British Petroleum Mine Found In Nevada Water Wells (Huffington Post)  (Nov. 21, 2009)

YERINGTON, Nev. — Peggy Pauly lives in a robin-egg blue, two-story house not far from acres of onion fields that make the northern Nevada air smell sweet at harvest time.

But she can look through the window from her kitchen table, just past her backyard with its swingset and pet llama, and see an ominous sign on a neighboring fence: "Danger: Uranium Mine."  More

AP: School Drinking Water Unsafe (Sept. 25, 2009)

Over the last decade, the drinking water at thousands of schools across the country has been found to contain unsafe levels of lead, pesticides and dozens of other toxins.  An Associated Press investigation found that contaminants have surfaced at public and private schools in all 50 states - in small towns and inner cities alike.

But the problem has gone largely unmonitored by the federal government, even as the number of water safety violations has multiplied. "It's an outrage," said Marc Edwards, an engineer at Virginia Tech who has been honored for his work on water quality. "If a landlord doesn't tell a tenant about lead paint in an apartment, he can go to jail. But we have no system to make people follow the rules to keep school children safe?"

The contamination is most apparent at schools with wells, which represent 8 to 11 percent of the nation's schools. Roughly one of every five schools with its own water supply violated the Safe Drinking Water Act in the past decade, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency analyzed by the AP. More

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