Monday, November 15, 2004


Lead water pipes must go

Lead water pipes must go
By Brian Falla / News Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
NORWOOD -- The town will begin its mandated replacement of lead water pipes, but the work will not include replacements on private property.
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Tallevast water testing begins

Lockheed Martin must now determine the extent of contamination at the site of its plantSCOTT RADWAYHerald Staff Writer
TALLEVAST - Lockheed Martin on Monday began hauling in truck-mounted drill rigs and stainless-steel hand tools as officials move to pinpoint the industrial groundwater contamination that has shaken this small community.
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Saturday, November 13, 2004


Water Contamination Seen as Threat

Article posted from "Retirement News" (you can visit them by clicking on the link.)

Water Contamination Seen as Threat to Some Housing Developers
With 22 states now reporting groundwater contamination by perchlorate, the main ingredient in solid rocket fuel, authorities are now taking a closer look at the quality of water in cities and towns across the country, and in areas where builders are planning new homes. The chemical was widely dumped at military bases and defense industry sites during the Cold War. Scientists say it is an endocrine disrupter that can alter hormonal balances – thyroid hormones, in this case – and thus impede metabolism and brain development.
In Nevada, the drinking water for Las Vegas, which mostly comes from Lake Mead above the Hoover Dam, was recently found to contain perchlorate levels 10 times what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says is safe. In nearby Henderson, perchlorate concerns are complicating plans to build a 9,000-home community on the 2,300-acre site of old industrial-waste ponds. The city is home to a number of popular retirement communities. Its population is projected to grow from 156,000 (1998) to 256,000 (2010).
In West Texas, nine counties near Midland have found perchlorate in the important Ogallala aquifer but the source has yet to be determined. In Bourne, Mass., at the gateway to Cape Cod, a perchlorate plume that has closed half the town’s wells has been traced to the nearby Massachusetts Military Reserve, a training range for National Guard troops. And the plume that has curtailed 20% of the water supply of Aberdeen, Md., outside Washington, D.C., began at Aberdeen Proving Ground, an Army training and munitions test site.
The EPA and the Department of Defense are in a bitter dispute over perchlorate’s health effects and the cost to clean it up. The EPA wants the Pentagon to undertake widespread testing for the chemical in the ground water. The Defense Department is resisting, and in an official policy statement issued in November, said it would allow testing only where a “reasonable basis” exists to suspect perchlorate contamination is both present and “could threaten public health.”
Many of the ordinary military ranges with perchlorate pollution lie on the outskirts of growing cities, in places that were once far removed from civilian neighborhoods but now serve as watershed and open space for sprawling suburban communities. One area where the situation is most acute is in the hills and desert frontier east of Los Angeles, where the military and its private contractors settled before and after World War II. Now these areas are filling up with new homes.
[For more information about what the EPA is doing, visit: or call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.]


Researchers probe water contamination impact DECATURVILLE, TN

DECATURVILLE - Researchers delving into questions about the level of ammonium perfluoroctanoate in the blood of Washington County residents and its possible impact are nearly finished with collecting information. For the rest of the story just click the link.

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Monday, November 08, 2004


Mass. town looking for answers on perchlorate

Mass. town looking for answers on perchlorate (Wilmington Advocate, 11/03) "With the latest round of testing by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection revealing perchlorate levels in effluent water from the Billerica waste water treatment plant at 670 parts per billion and aging town bleach testing detectable levels of perchlorate, the problem is not going away any time soon."


Researchers tracking sources of arsenic in water

Researchers tracking sources of arsenic in water(EurekAlert, 11/01) "Virginia Tech researchers from geosciences and biology are looking at where arsenic occurs in water, how it is getting there, and how to prevent it."


Gasoline additive lingers in New York's water

Gasoline additive lingers in New York's water(New York Times, 11/01) "Twelve years ago, when a new gasoline additive held the promise of reducing air pollution, New York State made a huge bet that the technology would work."

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