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  • Toxic compounds in groundwater

    Research is being conducted on degrading a toxic compound found in groundwater systems around the world Vinyl chloride is a cancer-causing compound formed from solvents in groundwater systems under anaerobic conditions. These solvents are used in many industrial applications around the world and often belong to the most encountered groundwater pollutants in industrialized countries. Groundwater ...

  • Contaminants in US groundwater

    According to a new study by the USGS, more than 20% of untreated water samples from 932 public wells across the US contained at least one contaminant at levels of potential health concern. About one-third of the US population receive their drinking water from such a system. The USGS study (Contaminants in Groundwater used for ...

  • How vulnerable is our groundwater?

    When water travels through soil and bedrock to the water table, it carries minerals, nutrients or chemicals from the surface with it. Environmental research is increasingly concerned with preferential flow, or the movement of water through pores and cracks at a faster rate and bypassing most of the surrounding material, either soil or fractured rock. A special section on preferential flow ...

  • Geosynthetics for CCR Containment and Closure

    New federal regulations on the disposal of coal combustion residuals represent new approaches in response to events where coal ash has been inadvertently released from impoundments, the blowing of contaminants into the air and the leakage of potential contaminants into groundwater. “The rule establishes technical requirements for landfills and surface impoundments under Subtitle D of the ...


    By Agru America, Inc.

  • Groundwater pollution in Europe: an overview

    An overview of groundwater contaminants in Europe is provided by a recent study, which calls for more integrated monitoring using a range of indicators. Groundwater contamination presents serious health and environmental concerns. A number of Directives, including the Water Framework, Groundwater, Nitrates, Industrial Emissions and Landfill Directives, together aim to protect groundwater from ...

  • Special issue of Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation focuses on agricultural impacts to groundwater quality

    The National Ground Water Association’s technical journal,Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation®, has published a special issue focusing on the monitoring and remediation of agricultural impacts to groundwater quality. Agricultural land use represents the largest nonpoint source threat to groundwater quality on a global scale. As a result of decades of fertilizer application and ...

  • Pennsylvania Groundwater Contaminated By Coal Ash

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, September 18, 2007 (ENS) - Disposing of coal ash in mines is contaminating water supplies throughout Pennsylvania, according to a report released today by the advocacy group Clean Air Task Force and the nonprofit, public interest law firm Earthjustice. In 10 of 15 mines examined across the state, groundwater and streams near areas where coal ash, or coal ...

  • Determining the good status of groundwater in the EU

    Groundwater standards in Member States are to be established by the end of 2008, according to the European Union's new Groundwater Directive. Recent research has developed a new method to determine the chemical status of groundwater which is applicable across the EU. This procedure has been assessed by testing the quality of the groundwater of the Upper Rhine Valley in Germany, Switzerland and ...

  • Shell fined for polluting UK groundwater

    Shell UK Oil Products Ltd has been fined GBP 18000 by Grimsby Magistrates’ Court for polluting the groundwaters close to its Toothill Petrol Filling Station at Yarborough Road, Grimsby. The cost of cleaning up the underground contamination, which has been paid by Shell to Anglian Water, is estimated to be about GBP 5 million, the court was told on Wednesday (25 June 2008). The company ...

  • Statement on Pavillion, Wyoming groundwater investigation

    Following recent discussions, Wyoming Governor Matthew H. Mead, the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Tribes, and U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson issued the following statement about groundwater issues in the area east of Pavillion, Wyoming: We believe that collaboration and use of the best available science are critical in meeting the needs of Pavillion area residents and resolving ...

  • Midwest groundwater tainted with sewage and chemicals

    Raw sewage is flowing into rivers and streams across central and eastern Iowa as one after another wastewater facilities are inundated by the record floods that have swept the state during the past two weeks. Livestock manure is also part of the nasty mix, along with spilled fuel and chemicals, all heading to the flooding Mississippi River and down to the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Environmental ...

  • ACT Now to Protect Your Groundwater!

    The Water Replenishment District (WRD) and more than 125 students from Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School launched "Protect Your Groundwater Day" in an effort to increase groundwater awareness and protection in the ...

  • Gasoline additive MTBE widespread in New Hampshire’s groundwater

    The gasoline additive methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) is widespread in New Hampshire's ground water, particularly in four counties -- Rockingham, Strafford, Hillsborough and Merrimack. Ground water from these counties was more likely to contain MTBE than were samples from the rest of the state. Across the state, however, the MTBE concentrations were significantly below the state drinking water ...

  • Videos promote groundwater fields of study, careers

    With a projected shortage of 135,000 geoscientists expected to occur in the United States within the next 10 years, the National Ground Water Association is promoting two new videos spotlighting groundwater fields of study and careers to precollege and college students. A two-minute video primarily targets secondary school students interested in science and/or the outdoors. Groundwater ...

  • Strategy to assess the US`s groundwater availability

    Scientists proposed a strategy to study the Nation's ground-water supply as part of the Federal government's effort to help address the Nation's increasing competition for water. Declines in ground-water levels have led to concerns about the future availability of ground water, which provides half the country's drinking water and is essential to the vitality of agriculture and industry, as well ...

  • Radioactive material found in groundwater below nuke plant

    An apparent overflow at a nuclear power plant north of New York City spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well, but nuclear regulators said the public isn't at risk. Officials at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, 40 miles north of Manhattan, reported on Friday that water contaminated by tritium leaked into ...


    By Associated Press

  • Dissolved Methane Found in Some New York Groundwater

    A recent study that looked at groundwater samples from more than 200 wells across New York State found levels of naturally-occurring methane high enough to warrant monitoring or other actions in nine percent of the water samples tested, according to U.S. Geological Survey research. While 91 percent of samples tested found no dissolved methane, or levels below the threshold that would require ...

  • Corporate fight lets toxics flow into Connecticut groundwater

    Connecticut officials are seeking an order against two disputing companies whose inaction and ongoing argument they allege is allowing PCB contamination to jeopardize Bridgeport Harbor and Long Island Sound. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Gina McCarthy said that the state has requested a temporary injunction against The ...

  • Better Remediation Through Effective Groundwater Sampling

    One of the keys to successful remediation of a contaminated property is effective groundwater sampling. A new ASTM standard will aid groundwater samplers by taking a look at three types of passive samplers and their advantages, disadvantages and limitations. The new standard is D7929, Guide for Selection of ...


    By ASTM International

  • California Refinery Fined $1 Million for Groundwater Pollution

    SAN FRANCISCO, California (ENS) - A California refinery has been fined $1 million and placed on three years probation for dumping contaminated wastewater into wells, risking the safety of groundwater supplies in Santa Maria, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. The Santa Maria Refining Company, a subsidiary of the publicly traded Greka Energy Corporation, pleaded guilty to ...

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