Contamination
Denmark – Denmark is facing a historic pollution case as it has been revealed that every 10th test sample taken from almost 1,700 wells reveals a level of pesticide residue that is considered too high. CPH Post Online reports. | READ MORE
Washington, DC – This week, during the comment period for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s re-evaluation of its Lead and Copper Rule, two congresswomen encouraged EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to overhaul the regulation to require full replacement of all lead service lines nationwide.
Calgary – Alberta has issued an environmental protection order against Sears Canada and the company that now operates its former North Hill mall location, due to soil and ground water contamination from a former gas station’s underground storage tank at the site more than 30 years ago. The Calgary Herald reports. | READ MORE
Feb. 22, 2018, St. Catharines, Ont. – Ground water supplying the homes of Niagara residents is highly vulnerable to contamination, a special projects supervisor for Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority told a regional health committee meeting in connection with a Drinking Water Source Protection Act study. The St. Catharines Standard reports. | READ MORE
Jan. 24, 2018, Chatham, Ont. – A Chatham, Ont.,couple whose family has been without clean well water since wind turbine construction began more than six months ago is coming forward with test results that indicate a drastic increase in Kettle Point Black Shale particles. The Chatham Voice reports. | READ MORE
Jan. 4, 2018, San Francisco, CA – A grocery co-operative in San Francisco is selling so-called “raw water” – unfiltered, untreated, unsterilized spring water – bottled and marketed by a small company called Live Water. The New York Times reports. | READ MORE
If a glass of water is held up and it is colourless, crystal clear and has no odour would you think there is much wrong with the water? Total dissolved solids (TDS) are completely dissolved in a water supply and generally invisible to the human eye.
Nov. 23, 2017, Mead, Nebraska – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the use of a new ultraviolet water treatment system at an extraction well on the former Nebraska Ordnance Plant site. The Ashland Gazette reports. | READ MORE
Yellowknife – Two hundred people from Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilo are giving toenail, urine and saliva samples to the Health Effects Monitoring Program to measure how much arsenic, if any, is in their bodies. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Edmonton – The Canadian prairies top a newly developed index of places where wildfires could create freshwater supply risks, according to a University of Alberta-led study. The Red Deer Advocate reports. | READ MORE
Brunswick, ME – Navy officials touted test results showing little to no contamination in private wells near the former Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine but pledged to continue sampling for a potentially harmful chemical once used in aviation firefighting. The Portland Press-Herald reports. | READ MORE
Victoria – More than half of the 60 school districts in British Columbia had unsafe levels of lead in drinking water sources in 2016 and early 2017, according to new water testing ordered by the provincial government. The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
Ristigouche-Sud-Est, Que. – A town in Quebec says it will be driven into bankruptcy if it loses a $1-million lawsuit launched by an oil company in response to a bylaw the town passed prohibiting drilling oil within two kilometres of a well or surface water. The National Post reports. | READ MORE
Houston, TX – Lurking within the flood waters in Houston, Texas, could be a toxic soup from untold sources, including the dozen or more EPA Superfund sites in Harris County. Forbes magazine reports. | READ MORE
Moncton – Fears that glyphosate, which the New Brunswick forest industry uses to kill maple, oak and other hardwood growth, might be dangerous to water are unwarranted, says a toxicologist from the University of Guelph. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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