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  • California Refinery Fined $1 Million for Breaking Drinking Water Laws

    A California refinery was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay a criminal penalty for violating the Safe Drinking Water Act. The company must apply $500,000 of the $1 million penalty towards the Los Padres National Forest Restoration Project. The company pleaded guilty on April 12 and was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Central District of California on Monday.  ...

  • Greening water law

    Governments and law-makers need to integrate environmental concerns into water-use legislation to avert an impending global water crisis, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), titled "Greening Water Law". According to the report, launched Tuesday at World Water Week in Stockholm, competition is increasing between the rapidly growing human population-which ...

  • Georgetown honored for protecting drinking water

    The US Environmental Protection Agency’s mid-Atlantic office has awarded the Town of Georgetown, Delaware the source water protection award for its efforts to protect their drinking water sources. 'Drinking water is a finite and precious resource, so we applaud communities like the Town of Georgetown that are taking steps to protect it,' said Don Welsh, EPA Regional Administrator. We look forward ...

  • Gas drilling law could endanger NY drinking water, say NRDC experts

    Half of New York’s drinking water could be contaminated by toxic pollution, unless the state adopts comprehensive safeguards for natural gas drilling before any drills break ground, according to experts at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). This critical threat comes as NY Governor Paterson signed a law (S.8169/A.10526) that makes it easier for gas companies to conduct horizontal ...

  • `Greener` laws to avert world water crisis

    Governments and law-makers need to integrate environmental concerns into water-use legislation to avert an impending global water crisis, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), titled 'Greening Water Law'. According to the report, launched Tuesday at World Water Week in Stockholm, competition is increasing between the rapidly growing human population-which ...


  • Don’t drink the water – Thousands in Canada can’t drink their water

    A new report from the Council of Canadians reveals that as of January there were 1,838 drinking water advisories in effect across Canada, warning people not to drink their water straight from the tap. The report, On Notice for a Drinking Water Crisis is the first in many years to document the drinking water advisories (DWA) across Canada. On Notice reveals that there were ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Water community celebrates the Safe Drinking Water Act during Drinking Water Week

    As Drinking Water Week continues, the American Water Works Association and water professionals across the country are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The ...

  • EPA statement on chromium-6 in drinking water

    EPA issued the following statement and background information in response to a study released on December 20, 2010 by the Environmental Working Group: “EPA absolutely has a drinking water standard for total chromium, which includes chromium-6 (also known as Hexavalent Chromium), and we require water systems to test for it. This standard is based on the best available science and is ...

  • Human right to safe drinking water and sanitation at the UN

    The 3rd Commission of the 64th General Assembly of the United Nations made history on 28th July 2010 by overwhelmingly adopting a resolution proclaiming the Human Right to Safe drinking Water and Sanitation. Presented by Bolivia and 33 other States, the resolution received 122 votes in favour with no votes against and 41 abstentions. Founding President Mikhail Gorbachev of Green Cross ...

  • Federal government failing to protect drinking water - Report

    More than a decade after deadly gaps in drinking water management killed seven people in Walkerton, Ont., the federal government is still failing to ensure all Canadians have access to safe drinking water, according to a new report from Ecojustice. Waterproof 3, the environmental organization's third drinking water report ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Drinking water of 41m Americans contaminated with pharmaceuticals

    An investigation by the Associated Press (AP) has revealed that the drinking water of at least 41 million people in the United States is contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs. It has long been known that drugs are not wholly absorbed or broken down by the human body. Significant amounts of any medication taken eventually pass out of the body, primarily through the urine. 'People think that if ...

  • EPCOR Water USA receives prestigious award for safe drinking water

    EPCOR Water (USA) Inc. (EPCOR USA), a wholly owned subsidiary of EPCOR Utilities Inc. (EPCOR), has received the “Director’s Award of Recognition” from the Partnership for Safe Water for the company’s Anthem Water Treatment Facility in Anthem, Arizona. “Each ...

  • Eight drinking water systems in Alaska are in violation of the safe drinking water act (WA)

    Eight Alaskan drinking water systems are being ordered to conduct water sampling required to protect human health, or face potential fines for violations of federal drinking water laws, according to compliance orders issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The systems violated the Safe Drinking Water Act and the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations. These systems did not ...

  • EPA Orders Reamer Hill Water Association to Comply with Drinking Water Safeguards

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Reamer Hill Water Association, Inc. in Kanawha County, W.Va. to comply with Safe Drinking Water Act standards at its public water system. Based on the most recently available data, the system provides drinking water to approximately 64 people in Clendenin. EPA issued the order to ensure safe drinking water for users of the system. The Order ...

  • Nation’s Chemical Safeguards Law is in Dire Need of Reform

    The country's law designed to protect the public from the thousands of synthetic chemicals in our environment is so inadequate and outdated that it needs a major overhaul, a public health scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told a congressional panel today. “The truth is that we are routinely exposed to hundreds, even thousands of chemicals in our daily lives – even ...

  • California sues EPA for rejecting tailpipe emissions law

    The California government today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 'wrongfully and illegally' blocking the state's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions standards. Fifteen other states joined the California lawsuit, and in addition, five nonprofit groups today filed suit challenging the EPA's decision. The waiver, allowing California to enact and enforce standards ...

  • EPA administrator Jackson outlines new vision for clean, safe drinking water

    In a speech at the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) annual conference in Washington, D.C., U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced the agency is developing a broad new set of strategies to strengthen public health protection from contaminants in drinking water. The aim is to find solutions that meet the health and economic needs of communities across the country more ...

  • Clean drinking water? Have your well tested to be sure

    During National Drinking Water Week, EPA reminds private well owners that having safe drinking water means having regular water checkups. More than 20 percent of New England’s population depends on private wells for the drinking water supplies. In Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, more than 40 percent of residents rely on private wells for their drinking water. If you depend on a well for your ...

  • EPA seeks input on the development of drinking water perchlorate regulation

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as small entity representatives (SERs) for a small business advocacy review (SBAR) Panel. This panel will focus on the agency’s development of a rule that proposes to regulate the amount of perchlorate, a potentially harmful chemical, in drinking water. ...

  • SIWI welcomes UN decision on human right to safe drinking water and sanitation

    Following the recognition of the human right to drinking water and sanitation several months ago, the UN Human Rights Council clarified at a recent session that the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation is derived from the already existing right to adequate standard of living. Member states reached consensus on this decision, which establishes the human right to safe drinking water ...

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