EPA and USDA Announce First-ever Microbial Risk Assessment Guidance

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced the first-ever Microbial Risk Assessment (MRA) Guideline. This new MRA Guideline lays out an overarching approach to conducting meaningful assessments of the risks to Americans posed by pathogens in food and water.


Enbridge Shuts Large Canada-US Pipeline after Spill

Canada’s Enbridge Inc., already under fire from U.S. regulators over a massive oil spill two years ago, said on Friday it had shut a key pipeline indefinitely after an oil leak in Wisconsin.

Line 14, a 318,000 barrel per day leg of the major Lakehead System that carries light crude oil from Canada to Chicago-area refineries, was shut after a spill that released an estimated 1,200 barrels of oil, Enbridge Energy Partners said in statement. The cause of the spill was undetermined.


Off the table: Four Boards Foreswear Chloramines in Water

Charlottesville’s latest water controversy ended in unusual unanimity July 25 when the Board of Supervisors and City Council, plus the two water boards, rejected the use of chloramines in the community water supply after around 50 citizens implored elected officials to just say no to the controversial chemical.


Shenango, Inc. Settles Air and Water Pollution Violations with EPA, Pennsylvania and Allegheny County

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) have reached a settlement with Shenango Inc. (Shenango) resolving alleged air and water pollution violations at the company’s coke manufacturing plant on Neville Island, Allegheny County, Pa. The consent decree requires the company to pay $1.75 million in civil penalties and make significant upgrades to the plant, which is located about five miles north of downtown Pittsburgh.


EPA Awards $173,400 for Maryland Student Initiatives.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $173,400 to the Maryland Coastal Bays Program for student initiatives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin provided opening remarks and presented a check today at the Maryland Coastal Bay Program’s “Get Out, Get Green, Get Paid” youth summit in Ocean City, Md.


Drinking water crisis: Pune, India – Despite water crisis, citizens ignore rainwater harvesting.

PUNE: Despite the water crisis in the city for the past few years, citizens have not taken initiative to harvest rainwater. Only 1,411 of over 7.2 lakh registered properties have opted for rainwater harvesting systems in the city.

India water crisis: Pune:The Pune Municipal Corporation has made rooftop rainwater harvesting mandatory for all new buildings that have come up since 2007.


Drinking water crisis: India – Child ‘water monitors’ to help BMC in conservation.

MUMBAI: Uncertainty over lake levels and the civic body’s decision to continue with the 10% water cut till August 1 have prompted the officials to rope in unusual soldiers for the cause of water management children. Towards that end, the city’s kids will function as ‘water monitors’ and tap water wastage in housing societies.


Drinking water crisis: India-80% of Hyderabad’s sewage dumped in lakes.

HYDERABAD: The city’s most important water body, the Musi River, has turned in to a sewage line. Almost 80% of Hyderabad’s untreated sewage gets dumped into the city’s lakes so much so that the city’s drinking water (Manjeera) now demonstrates an alarmingly high presence of excreta.


India water crisis news: Hope – India’s quality drinking water supply – “bio-toilets” will be installed in aprx. 300 gram panchayats in next 2 years.

India water crisis news: A new hope for India’s quality drinking water supply – “bio-toilets” will be installed in about 300 backward gram panchayats in the next two years.


Contaminated drinking water education: Chemicals TCE – PCE – Chloroform – High level of cancer-causing agents found at Fort Detrick.

Contaminated drinking water education based Carroll Creek: PCE was found in the highest concentrations, at 3,000 times the EPA’s safe drinking-water standards. EPA lists PCE’s maximum safe-contaminant level at 0.005 micrograms per liter, or five parts per billion. Arcadis found PCE at 14,000 to 15,000 parts per billion. Area B, a 399-acre site, was previously used as a dumping ground for solvents and other biological waste. The highest concentrations of PCE, used commonly as a dry-cleaning solvent, were found on the border of Area B. PCE, TCE and chloroform were all found in shallow groundwater and surface water outside of the base along Carroll Creek, but at lower levels.


Drinking water contamination: No plans for Carroll Creek warning signs. News comes after chemicals were found in surface water.

A leaking dump site under a small tract on Area B has long been suspected as the source of high levels of TCE and PCE — chemicals used in cleaning supplies — found in groundwater. Several residents have blamed the contamination as having caused cancers and other health problems. Fort Detrick has no plans to post signs along Carroll Creek warning of potential contamination after news this week that chemicals were found in surface water and in the creek’s tributaries.


Drinking water contamination: How does TCE affect your health? – High level of cancer-causing agent TCE in Fort Detrick drinking water supply.

Water testing in and around Fort Detrick in Frederick has revealed levels of a cancer-causing agents: tetracholoroethene, or PCE, trichloroethene, or TCE, and chloroform as having the highest levels of concentration in and around Area B of Fort Detrick. These articles explain in brief what these chemical agents are.

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