Contamination
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
Ottawa – The price to clean up the former brewery lands for a new Ottawa hospital – which includes dealing with metals and inorganics in the ground water – appears to be higher than previously known, according to a report commissioned by the federal government. Ottawa Business Journal reports. | READ MORE
State College, PA – A recent Pennsylvania State University study of compounds from pharmaceuticals and personal care products provides insight into the transport of emerging contaminants in aquatic ecosystems and ground water, according to researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Colorado Springs, CO – A U.S. Air Force study has confirmed that toxic chemicals in firefighting foam used at Colorado’s Peterson Air Force Base leached into surrounding ground water. The Durango Herald reports. | READ MORE
Ancaster, Ont. – Arsenic levels in water at an iconic spring near Ancaster, Ont., are what they have always been but a new standard may cause the local conservation authority to shut it down. The Hamilton Spectator reports. | READ MORE
San Joaquin Valley, CA – Residents of towns in California's San Joaquin Valley are struggling with contaminated drinking water from community water systems and private wells. Water Deeply reports. | READ MORE
Stoney Creek, Ont. – A family in Stoney Creek, Ont., is appealing to the City of Hamilton to help with high sulphur and iron in their private water well since the City's roadwork required them to shift their supply from a shallow well in their driveway to a 30-metre well in their backyard. The Hamilton Spectator reports. | READ MORE
Manhattan, KS – In the world of heavy metal poisoning, arsenic may have found a sidekick – and it's one that needs more research to understand its influence on human health, say Kansas State University researchers. Phys.org reports. | READ MORE
Calgary – Ground water has been seeping into the basin of a Calgary neighbourhood's outdoor pool, causing construction delays. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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