Contamination
Detroit – Michigan’s search for PFAS contamination now touches the Gordie Howe International Bridge, where multiple samples over four months on the Detroit side of the joint Windsor, Ont.-Detroit project showed the chemicals in both soil and ground water. MLive.com reports. | READ MORE
Sicamous, B.C. – Ground water near the landfill in the municipality of Sicamous in the Shuswap region of British Columbia shows levels of various substances that exceed provincial standards, according to an environmental monitoring report. Summerland Review reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – The federal government is on track with its pledge to end long-term boil-water advisories on First Nations reserves, but the overall reliability of the underlying water systems is little improved since the Liberal party came to power, according to a Globe and Mail analysis. | READ MORE
Victoria – New rules for agricultural waste management will better protect B.C.’s water and provide more clarity for the agricultural sector, the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy said in a news release.
MN – A former Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner has asked for a study of nitrates in the ground water of the karst region of southeastern Minnesota. Although this duplicates two current studies of ground water and nitrates, writes Brian Todd in the Post Bulletin, there is plenty to learn about ground water, nitrates and how widespread the problem might be.  | READ MORE
Edmonton – As permafrost in the North thaws, it's releasing record levels of mercury into Arctic rivers and waterways, graduate students at the University of Alberta have found. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – The federal government shared the preliminary findings and recommendations of United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, including access to clean drinking water.
Sioux Falls, SD – Officials in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, are grappling with well shutdowns as the extent of the city's water contamination from decades of firefighting foam use remains unclear. The Argus Leaders reports. | READ MORE
Armenia, WI – Rural communities in Wisconsin, Arizona and New Hampshire are concerned about a growing water crisis tied to industrial farms and slack regulations that has tainted residential wells, and made water quality and contamination election-year issues. The New York Times reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – In an analysis piece, Alex Ballingall questions whether or not the federal government’s $2-billion push to bring clean water to all First Nations by March 2021 is going to go far enough to remove an inequity that has put the health and quality of life of thousands at risk. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
North Bay, Ont. – The Department of National Defense says it has debunked fears that its use of perfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS) at CFB North Bay caused widespread pollution of drinking wells. Bay Today reports. | READ MORE
Turtleford, Sask. – The Saskatchewan farming family that owns the land where salt water leaked from a Husky Energy line says the company is "underplaying" the damage to soil and vegetation. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Westerville, OH – The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, recently released its toxicology report on four different PFAS chemicals. The report suggests human health risks can occur at levels significantly lower than current federal government recommendations, reports the National Ground Water Association. | READ MORE
Exeter, NH – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a public meeting on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on June 25 in Exeter, N.H., as a followup to its PFAS National Leadership Summit held in May. The National Ground Water Association reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – The country's plastics makers have set their own targets for keeping all plastic out of Canadian landfills by 2030. CTV News reports. | READ MORE
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