GOP lawmakers seek new limits on drinking water contaminants
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Three Republican state senators are demanding strict new limits on two industrial contaminants that have been found in water sources in three areas in New York state.
Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan and Republican senators Ken LaValle and Phil Boyle on Wednesday called on the state Department of Health to set drinking water standards for PFOA and PFOS, two chemicals linked to cancer and other health problems.
NY council recommends contaminant limits for drinking water
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state council has recommended maximum drinking water contaminant levels for industrial chemicals that have turned up in Hoosick Falls, Newburgh and other communities.
The New York Drinking Water Quality Council on Tuesday recommended that the state health commissioner set a maximum limit of 10 parts per trillion for the chemicals PFOA and PFOS. Environmental groups had sought a level of 4 parts per trillion.
Michigan awards $80M for improving water, sewer systems
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has awarded $80 million in loans for water and sewer projects intended to boost drinking water quality and protect public health in a number of cities.
Congress approves massive water-projects bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved a sprawling bill to improve the nation's ports, dams and harbors, protect against floods, restore shorelines and support other water-related projects.
If signed by President Donald Trump, America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 would authorize more than $6 billion in spending over 10 years for projects nationwide, including one to stem coastal erosion in Galveston, Texas, and restore wetlands damaged by Hurricane Harvey last year.
New York council delays action on water contaminant limits
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The deadline for a New York state council to report on recommended limits for several emerging contaminants in drinking water has passed without any regulations proposed.
Instead, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday the state Drinking Water Quality Council will meet on Oct. 17 to discuss a recent federal report recommending new minimum levels for polyfluoroalkyl chemicals such as PFOA and PFOS. The chemicals were widely used in nonstick coatings and firefighting foam.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A Texas city along the Gulf of Mexico has released a report showing its clean drinking water nearly a year and a half after a water crisis.
Regulators take step to ban fracking near Delaware River
NEWTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A commission that oversees drinking water quality for 15 million people took an initial step Wednesday to permanently ban drilling and hydraulic fracturing near the Delaware River and its tributaries, drawing criticism from the natural gas industry as well as from environmental groups worried that regulators would still allow the disposal of toxic drilling wastewater inside the area.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state Department of Health and Brown University are partnering to gather data on Rhode Island's drinking water.
The Health Department announced Friday that beginning in August, its Center for Drinking Water Quality will work with Brown to sample about 35 selected water systems and collect data on perfluorinated chemicals.
The Brownsville Public Utilities Board will release its 2017 Drinking Water Quality Report today, and the public is invited to attend.
The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the BPUB Administration Building.
The Drinking Water Quality Report, also known as the Consumer Confidence Report, is an annual report mandated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that provides consumers information about the quality of the water that comes out of their taps.
House, Senate leaders reach deal on Calif. drought, Flint
WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate leaders reached agreement Monday on a bipartisan bill to authorize $170 million for Flint, Michigan, and other cities beleaguered by lead in drinking water, and to provide relief to drought-stricken California.
A vote on the water-projects bill could be held this week as Congress wraps up its legislative work for the year.
Ex-official who faked water tests makes deal, gets probation
SIDNEY, Iowa (AP) — A former city official in southwest Iowa accused of falsifying drinking water quality tests has made a plea deal for probation.
N.J. agency wants to reduce levels of cancer-causing chemical in drinking water
A New Jersey agency has proposed adopting what would be the most stringent standard in the nation to control levels of a cancer-causing chemical linked to an array of health problems and which is prevalent in drinking water systems across the state.
Official accused of falsifying water quality reports quits
SIDNEY, Iowa (AP) — A city official in southwest Iowa accused of falsifying drinking water quality tests for years has quit his post.
Radio station KMA reports (http://bit.ly/2d1Y9Xp ) that the Sidney City Council last week approved Mark Travis' resignation as city administrator. It is effective Sept. 30. He'd been placed on paid administrative leave in July.
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