European Court of Justice Rules over Ireland’s Wastewater Treatment

Article courtesy of Staff of RTÉ.ie| February 15th, 2017 | RTÉ.ie | Shared as educational material. The European Union publicized that it is suing Ireland in the European Court of Justice over wastewater treatment failures at 38 locations in the country. Some of these failures could have been addressed in 2000. Ireland needs €433 million […]

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Monitoring of Wastewater Ignored By a Newport Company

Article Courtesy of Tracy Loew | May 14th, 2016 | Statesman Journal | Published as Educational Material Trident’s Seafood Corps. recently was fined by Oregon’s environmental regulators after failing to follow through with monitoring its wastewater. Accounts suggest that the company, the largest seafood company in the U.S., had illegally dumped fish processing waste into […]

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GAO Says EPA Not Doing its Job Defending Drinking Water from Oil and Gas Industry’s Wastewater

Article courtesy of Ian James | April 12th, 2016 | The Desert Sun | Shared as educational material Recently, a government audit from the Government Accountability Office, GAO, blamed the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, for not sufficiently defending drinking water supplies from the expanding amount of wastewater created by the oil and gas commercial enterprises. […]

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Hormones are Disrupted in Fracking Wastewater in W. Virginia

Water around and downstream from a fracking wastewater disposal facility in West Virginia contains compounds that may harm fish health by messing with endocrine systems, according to a new study.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a process that uses horizontal drilling and high volume fluid injections to release oil and gas. Along with water, the injections contain sand and a mix of chemicals—some of which have been linked to cancer, hormone impacts, and reproductive problems. It’s estimated that every well produces more than one million gallons of wastewater, which is eventually pumped into disposal wells. Researchers found high levels of endocrine disruption activity in the water near or downstream from the wastewater site in Fayetteville, West Virginia. The study, published today in the journal Science of the Total Environment, adds to evidence that some chemicals in hydraulic fracturing waste are hormone-mimickers or blockers and are leaching out of wastewater disposal wells and into nearby water, potentially impacting fish and human health.

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Maui Already Has Problems with Sewage in the Ocean off West Maui, but Kihei Coast Is Worse

The County of Maui’s violation of the Clean Water Act by discharging millions of gallons of wastewater into injection wells in West Maui is widely known. The judge’s ruling came in 2014, two years after environmental organizations filed suit, alleging that the injection wells were significantly harming coral reefs in the Lahaina area–most notably, at Honolua Bay and Kahekili Beach (Old Airport Beach).

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ADB Agrees to Provide $250m Aid to China, $123m Loan for Phillipines’ Water Projects

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has extended a $250-million facility to support China’s drive to treat harmful industrial waste water and sludge generated by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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Breast Cancer Risk and Drinking Water Contaminated by Wastewater: a Case Control Study

Drinking water contaminated by wastewater is a potential source of exposure to mammary carcinogens and endocrine disrupting compounds from commercial products and excreted natural and pharmaceutical hormones. These contaminants are hypothesized to increase breast cancer risk. We conducted a case-control study to investigate whether exposure to drinking water contaminated by wastewater increases the risk of breast cancer. Results did not provide evidence of an association between breast cancer and drinking water contaminated by wastewater.

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On Cape Cod, Septic Systems Contaminate Household Drinking Water Wells

The peninsula, whose population of 215,000 more than doubles during the summer, has tight clusters of septic systems and shallow household drinking water wells. Both are placed, on the same parcel of land, in sand and gravel soils through which water easily flows. Combined, it is a recipe for contamination. That is exactly what researchers at the Silent Spring Institute have found.

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Peconic River Has Contaminants because of Wastewater, Suffolk County Health Department Warns

The Peconic River was contaminated by wastewater that didn’t meet healthy standards, which was discharged from the Riverhead sewage plant in Suffolk County. The Department of Health Services issued an advisory for the tidal area of the river east of Grangebel Park, saying contact with water should be avoided.

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Oil Wastewater Ponds Under Scrutiny

Regulators in California are looking for a way to crack down on wastewater ponds formed during oil production.

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The Top Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Projects In North America

CG/LA Infrastructure has released its annual ‘Strategic 100 North America’ report, a ranking of the highest-value public projects set to move forward in the next 18 months, and only nine of the 100 are from the water/wastewater sector. What gives?

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11 Tips for Conserving Water

Article courtesy of Brittany Wienke | Aug 29, 2015 | AlterNet |Shared as Educational Material Taking a long hot shower is something many of us take for granted, just like turning on the tap when we need to drink, bathe or cook. But for the 750 million people around the world who lack access to clean and safe […]

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