drinking water supplies

Uranium Found in Kansas Drinking Water Supplies

Uranium Found in Kansas Drinking Water Supplies

LAWRENCE, Kansas, November 28, 2008 (ENS) – The radioactive element uranium has been found above federal limits in the drinking water supplies of nine Kansas communities, says Don Whittemore, a geochemist with the Kansas Geological Survey. Now these communities must devise solutions to bring down the uranium levels. Possible solutions include relocating wells, buying water…

New Rule: Clean Water Permits Voluntary for Factory Farms

New Rule: Clean Water Permits Voluntary for Factory Farms

WASHINGTON, DC, November 3, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration finalized a rule Friday that allows more than 15,000 factory farms across the country to avoid certain requirements of the Clean Water Act if they claim they do not discharge animal wastes into lakes, rivers and streams. Federal officials said the rule will help protect…

U.S.-Mexico Border Governors Strategize to Green Their Economies

U.S.-Mexico Border Governors Strategize to Green Their Economies

HOLLYWOOD, California, August 14, 2008 (ENS) – At the opening of the annual U.S.-Mexico Border Governors Conference Thursday at Universal Studios in Hollywood, host California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said he felt right at home. “I actually started my movie career right here at Universal Studios,” he told his nine fellow governors. “It was Universal Studios…

New Yorkers Asked to Keep Drugs Out of Drinking Water

New Yorkers Asked to Keep Drugs Out of Drinking Water

ALBANY, New York, August 11, 2008 (ENS) – For years, environmental and health officials have instructed people to flush unused pharmaceuticals down the toilet, but low levels of drugs have now been detected in drinking water supplies, prompting these same officials to reverse their policy and warn people not to flush unwanted drugs. A new…

Delaware River Partners OK Billion Gallon Release for Trout

Delaware River Partners OK Billion Gallon Release for Trout

WEST TRENTON, New Jersey, July 22, 2008 (ENS) – With summer temperatures soaring in the upper Delaware River basin, Pennsylvania and its neighbors – Delaware, New York, New Jersey and New York City – unanimously agreed to allow New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation to release up to a billion gallons of water under the…

Chemical Used to Make Non-Stick Coatings Harmful to Health

Chemical Used to Make Non-Stick Coatings Harmful to Health

WASHINGTON, DC, May 13, 2008 (ENS) ­ A chemical used to make non-stick coating for pots and pans, food wrappers and stain-resistant fabrics may harm the immune system, liver and thyroid and cause higher cholesterol in children, according to the initial findings of a study of 69,000 people who live near a DuPont manufacturing plant.…

San Francisco to Test Drinking Water Security System

San Francisco to Test Drinking Water Security System

SAN FRANCISCO, California, May 9, 2008 (ENS) – Improving the security of U.S. drinking water systems has gathered urgency since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an $8 million grant to San Francisco to help the city develop and evaluate a contamination warning system for its drinking water supply.…

Governor Richardson Seeks to Safeguard New Mexico Headwaters

Governor Richardson Seeks to Safeguard New Mexico Headwaters

SANTA FE, New Mexico, April 22, 2008 (ENS) – Governor Bill Richardson marked Earth Day by moving to protect all surface waters within national forest wilderness and inventoried roadless areas in New Mexico – amounting to more than 5,300 miles of headwaters streams that flow from mountain forests. Designation of these waters as Outstanding National…

Big Water Utilities Offered Free Pharmaceuticals Testing

Big Water Utilities Offered Free Pharmaceuticals Testing

MILFORD, Massachusetts, March 31, 2008 (ENS) – The Waters Corporation, a publicly traded company, is offering complimentary tests for common over-the-counter and anti-depressant pharmaceuticals to any U.S. water authority that serves more than 100,000 customers. The company said this move is in response to recent reports of trace levels of drugs found in U.S. drinking…

Illinois Governor Orders State Waters Tested for Drugs

Illinois Governor Orders State Waters Tested for Drugs

CHICAGO, Illinois, March 17, 2008 (ENS) – Following reports last week that trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are contaminating the nation’s drinking water, Governor Rod Blagojevich has directed the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to expand its water quality monitoring to determine levels of pharmaceuticals that may be in Illinois waterways. The Illinois EPA also will promote…

Pharmaceuticals Again Found in U.S. Drinking Water

Pharmaceuticals Again Found in U.S. Drinking Water

WASHINGTON, DC, March 10, 2008 (ENS) – Drugs taken for pain, infection, high cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy, mental illness and heart problems contaminate drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, according to a report by the Associated Press National Investigation Team released today. These findings confirm a 2002 report by the U.S. Geological Survey…