contaminated water

July 28, 2017

Bipartisan Efforts to Help Struggling Water Systems

Great bipartisan showing this week in the House Energy & Commerce Committee to provide much needed assistance to communities struggling to maintain safe and affordable drinking water systems.  Kudus to Chairman Walden and Ranking Member Pallone, as well as subcommittee Chair, Rep. Shimkus, and Ranking Member, Rep. Tonko, and their personal and committee staff for […]
May 17, 2017

One in Four Americans are Drinking Untested or Contaminated Water

This month, the NRDC issued a report claiming one in four Americans are drinking water that comes from untested or contaminated systems. The report also identifies 12 states which NRDC claims had the most offenses.  Overall, the report confirms what we already know.  That we have a long way to go before fixing our nation’s […]
January 2, 2017

Community Wins $22M Against Shell Oil for Contaminated Water Supply

A jury awarded $22M to a community near Fresno, California for a chemical contaminant found in its public drinking water wells.  The contaminant, known as TCP (1,2,3-trichloropropane), was an impurity found in a soil fumigant manufactured by Shell used to control soil nematodes.  The contamination effected water wells in an agricultural area serving 108,000 people […]
July 7, 2016

E&W Group and Reason Foundation Host P3 Roundtable for Congressional Staff

The E&W Group and Reason Foundation hosted a Capital Hill roundtable on the role of public-private partnerships (P3s) in the water sector on July 6, drawing over 30 congressional staff and water professionals to the lunch-time dialogue in the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee’s hearing room.   The facilitated discussion by Dr. Adrian Moore […]
February 19, 2016

US EPA Didn't Respond Quickly Enough to Flint Drinking Water Crisis

Citing to a new CRS report, Amena Saiyid of Bloomberg BNA, reports that EPA Didn’t Enforce Flint Drinking Water Violations. By Amena H. Saiyid Feb. 17 — The Environmental Protection Agency did not use its authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act to enforce violations against the public water utility in Flint, Mich., despite being aware of the […]
February 17, 2016

Drinking Water Experts Talk About Flint MI and Our Nation's Water Problems on The Diane Rehm Show

Erik Olson of NRDC, George Hawkins, CEO and General Manager of DC Water, and Jim Salzman, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law with joint appointments at UCSB and UCLA, and author of “Drinking Water: A History,” talk about the problems in Flint and serious problems facing our nation’s water infrastructure more broadly.   Erik, George, and Jim do a […]
February 2, 2016

National Drinking Water Advisory Committee makes recommendations to EPA on Revisions to Lead & Copper Rule

In light of the human health crisis in Flint Michigan, the NDWAC’s recommendations to EPA’s leadership on the lead and copper rule is none too timely. NDWAC – Recommendations to the Administrator Dec. 15, 2015.   As public health specialists have concluded, lead in any amount is harmful to humans.   There is no silver […]
January 30, 2016

Fewell quoted in Greenwire on Flint Michigan Crisis

Agency has ‘Goldilocks syndrome’ after Flint crisis Kevin Bogardus, E&E reporter Greenwire: Friday, January 29, 2016 U.S. EPA, often under fire from its Capitol Hill and industry critics for overstepping its authority, now finds itself in the cross-hairs for not using its authority soon enough. The drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich., that has poisoned […]