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  • Oil spills raise ocean arsenic levels

    Oil spills can increase levels of toxic arsenic in the ocean, creating an additional long-term threat to the marine ecosystem. Research published in the journal Water Research describes how oil spills and leakages clog up seabed sediments, preventing them from bonding with arsenic and burying it safely underground. Arsenic is a poisonous chemical element found in minerals and is present ...

  • Extreme Arsenic Levels Found in Arizona Water

    PHOENIX, Arizona (ENS) - An Arizona water utility has been ordered to provide an alternative source of drinking water to customers within three days because it is currently serving water with arsenic concentrations more than 30 times the federal standard. Long term exposure to arsenic may lead to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidneys, nasal passages, liver and ...

  • Study Finds Eating Rice Increases Arsenic Levels

    In the wake of a media frenzy surrounding high levels of arsenic in apple juice, a recently published study now indicates that eating rice may increase exposure to arsenic.   Researchers tested urine samples from over 200 pregnant women, some of whom ate a half-cup of rice daily and some who did not. Testing revealed that women who consumed a half-cup of rice for at least two days had 53 ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Ag Group Refutes Report About Fertilizers Causing High Arsenic Levels

    Fertilizers are not to blame for arsenic levels in rice and other agricultural commodities grown in California soils, according to the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA), an agricultural non-profit trade association based in Sacramento. WPHA President Renee Pinel, responding to a Consumer Reports article Wednesday that mentioned fertilizers as a culprit in increased arsenic levels, refuted ...


    By Marketwire

  • Dow Water Solutions Reduces Arsenic to Non-Detectable Levels in Arizona

    ADSORBSIA™ GTO™ Media Helps Black Canyon City Comply with EPA Standards MIDLAND, Mich.—  Dow Water Solutions today announced that three water treatment systems, incorporating ADSORBSIA™ GTO™ arsenic removal media, have reduced the presence of arsenic to non-detectable levels in Black Canyon City, Ariz.  Operating efficiently since August 2006, the systems are purifying wells ...

  • Geologists studying groundwater arsenic levels in India empower Bengali women, children

    A Kansas State University geologist and graduate student are finding that the most important tools in their fieldwork on groundwater arsenic pollution are women and children armed with pamphlets and testing kits. 'When going into a foreign land, you need the common people's help, support and understanding of the work you are doing,' said Saugata Datta, a K-State assistant professor of geology. ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Tests show different arsenic levels in North California spill

    The nation's largest electricity provider, state regulators and an environmental group issued differing data Thursday about the levels of toxins detected in a North Carolina river following a massive spill of coal ash. Test results released by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Duke Energy showed arsenic and ...


    By Associated Press

  • Arsenic Scrubber for Copper Mine Roaster

    With an expanding global population, demand for minerals continues to grow.   Development of non-traditional resources is expected to increase to meet this growing demand. This includesCopper Mine copper resources challenged by high levels of arsenic.  Mining operations may incur penalties for arsenic in concentrates that exceed a certain amount.  As ore with low levels of ...


    By Envitech, Inc.

  • Arsenic in Rice Prompts FDA Investigation

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been monitoring rice and rice products for traces of inorganic arsenic, a chemical that can cause serious long-term health effects under certain circumstances. The agency has already analyzed about 200 rice and rice product samples and plans to analyze an additional 1,000 samples. Common rice products include cereals, rice beverages, and rice cakes, ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Arsenic-free water for rural India

    High levels of arsenic in the groundwater in areas of northeast India and Bangladesh are a recognised public health problem. However, the Isolux Technologies Division of MEL Chemicals, Inc. teamed up with an Indian engineering firm in 2009 to supply 39 arsenic treatment systems customised to the requirements of rural Indian villages. Water supply in rural northeast areas of India and neighbouring ...

  • Arsenic poisoning from drinking water

    A study published in The Lancet this month calculated mortality rates associated with arsenic exposure from drinking water in a Bangladeshi population. Individual-level data was used to determine that 21.4% of all deaths and 23.5% of deaths associated with chronic disease in this population could be attributed to arsenic exposure. Millions of people worldwide are chronically exposed to arsenic ...

  • Arsenic Leaches into Iowa Water Supply

    Arsenic has numerous forms, one of which is arsenite. When arsenic is described as harmful, the specific type of arsenic being referred to is arsenite. It is the most common form of arsenic found in drinking water.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ingesting small amounts of arsenite can cause nausea, vomiting, decreased production of red and white blood ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Identifying areas at risk for arsenic contamination

    The contamination of groundwater with arsenic poses a risk to the health of millions of people, especially in the densely populated river deltas of Southeast Asia. To date, no method has been available for identifying high-risk areas without conducting costly sampling campaigns. Now, Eawag has developed a model that allows vulnerable areas to be pinpointed using existing data on geology and soil ...

  • Arsenic Illegally Released into California’s Groundwater

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined a natural-gas fired power plant $13,500 for improper management of hazardous waste. According to the EPA, the plant, located in Yuba City, California, generated arsenic from the treatment of wastewater and failed to minimize releases of hazardous waste to the environment. Arsenic occurs naturally in the local groundwater, which the plant uses in ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Low-Level Arsenic Exposure Before Birth Associated with Early Puberty and Obesity in Female Mice

    The Female mice exposed in utero, or in the womb, to low levels of arsenic through drinking water displayed signs of early puberty and became obese as adults, according to scientists from the National Institutes of Health. The finding is significant because the exposure level of 10 parts per billion used in the study is the current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standard, or maximum ...

  • Arsenic linked with one in five deaths in Bangladesh

    The first study to follow people exposed to arsenic in the long term has found that one in five deaths in Bangladesh could be attributed to drinking well water contaminated with the substance. Researchers found that long-term exposure, even to low levels of arsenic, through drinking water increases the mortality rate from a variety of diseases. "Up to one in five deaths could have been averted or ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New Range of Portable Arsenic Test Kits

    The new DigiPAsS and VisuPAsS systems from Palintest Ltd offer accurate, laboratory-standard testing in a portable field kit format. Both options use the well-established Gutzeit method to detect Arsenic levels in drinking water, up to and well beyond the WHO recommended maximum of 10 mg/l. The method used first converts all Arsenic in a sample to ...

  • Salmonella treatment option is validated with automated arsenic analyzer

    TraceDetect’s automated arsenic analyzer, SafeGuard, quickly validated a salmonella treatment option that allowed City of Alamosa (CO) water operators to return the drinking water supply system to acceptable levels.The City of Alamosa faced a salmonella outbreak in the water supply earlier this year. The most viable option for quickly fixing the problem was to superchlorinate the water. Although ...


  • First accurate test for arsenic in soil developed

    If you have a cat or dog who likes to hide under the deck or children who play on equipment made with pressure-treated wood, you’ll be glad to hear that analytical chemist Julian Tyson and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently developed the first-ever accurate test for arsenic compounds in soil, promising a significantly improved environmental and health impact ...


    By ScienceDaily

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