Water pollution and research news brief: Groundbreaking research could help Altavista clean up a polluted pond – PCBs promote dendrite growth, may increase autism risk.

For decades, industries dumped polychlorinated biphenyls “PCB‘s” into a pond near the Staunton River. The chemicals have formed a toxic sludge in the water, and Altavista leaders are being forced to clean it up


USA drinking water contamination warning: Iowa, Perry issued a drinking water warning Friday – Nitrate levels high.

Perry Officials said water samples showed elevated levels of nitrite in the water.Drinking water contamination: Nitrite in drinking water is a serious health concern for infants less than six months old


Contaminated drinking water news. Kettleman City residents face a three-year wait to get healthy drinking water.

Kettleman city receives $8 million to replace town’s water supply, which is laced with cancer-causing arsenic, benzene . Project won’t be finished until 2015.


Contaminated drinking water. What contaminates it, and how do we learn more.

Contaminated drinking water what contaminates it, and how do we learn more.
It may look okay but looks are deceiving. Drinking contaminated water is now becoming a norm that many just ignore.


Camp Lejeune water contamination news: Effects of drinking water contamination due to tetrachloroethylene. [ATSDR]

Camp Lejeune drinking water contamination news: Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) what is it and why is it so harmful? and Effects of drinking water contamination due to tetraclorothylene.


Water crisis in USA: Military base Camp Lejeune toxic water investigation. The families and protectors of the United States health is in jeopardy . [Alyssa Litoff, Katie Hinman, courtesy of ABC News]

USA Military “Camp Lejeune” water contamination may finally get help, 30 Years Later: Military base toxic water investigation


Fracking news: Fracking mines spread quickly in U.S. / Fracking by country data included [Dan Vergano, Russel Mc Lendon, Wikipedia]

Since the late 1990s, American landscapes have become dotted with a small forest of shale gas wells according to the American Petroleum Institute. In the past decade, this steady development has become a gusher as nearly half the country has staked claim to these energy riches. In 2000, the USA had 342,000 natural gas wells. By 2010, more than 510,000 were in place — a 49 percent jump — according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration


Quality water news: Bio filters from tree fungi – Students research synthetic variant enzymes that can break down estrogen. [Phys.org, University of Bielefeld, David J Handelsman, www.endotext.org, Wikipedia]

From the Genome-Based Systems Biology, Molecular Cell Biology, and Molecular Biotechnology degree programmes, 15 students have been spending their free time since May of 2012 in the laboratory making new DNA building blocks, reproducing them, and producing enzymes. They have submitted the project to the ‘international Genetically Engineered Machine competition’ (iGEM) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA.


Fracking news: Michigan, Ohio should strengthen laws on fracking, says new NWF report [Jordan Lubetkin, GLIN Daily News]

A new legal analysis by the National Wildlife Federation finds that laws in Michigan and Ohio need to be improved to protect the region’s streams, rivers, lakes, and wildlife from the risks of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”


Alberta Canada water crisis news: 3,000 barrels of oil spilled from pipeline. Water OK after Canadian oil spill [UPI.com timeline]

3,000 barrels of oil spilled, water crisis,pipeline company in Canada said water tests revealed drinking water met quality standards a week after an oil spill in Alberta province.One week after the spill? Oil spill pictures included in this article state different


Contaminated water and your health: New Wisconsin study on viruses in drinking water could have national impact [Wisconsin State Journal]

A Wisconsin study that shows a connection between viruses in drinking water and human illness is likely to have a national impact and could eventually lead to federal rules requiring treatment of all public water systems, according to experts.

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Save the Water™ Questions and Answers: Arsenic what is the safe level in your water? ‘Safe’ Levels Of Arsenic In Drinking Water Bad for Pregnant, Lactating Mice And Offspring

Exposure to arsenic in drinking water at the level the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently deems as safe in the United States (10 parts per billion) induces adverse health outcomes in pregnant and lactating mice and their offspring, concludes a study led by Joshua Hamilton of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and Courtney Kozul-Horvath at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. The team is part of the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program on Toxic Metals.

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