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Contaminants in US groundwater

by WaterLink International - Geomares Publishing bv  (Jun. 1, 2010)

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 ...

Tungsten groundwater contamination

by WaterLink International - Geomares Publishing bv  (Feb. 7, 2011)

Originally thought to be non-toxic, tungsten is replacing lead in fishing weights and in ammunition for hunting and recreational shooting. However, recent studies indicate that (under certain environmental conditions) some forms of tungsten can move readily through soil and leach into groundwater. A Kansas State University scientist investigates. ...

Laboratory analyses of contaminated groundwater

by GLOBE Foundation  (Apr. 9, 2009)

The Defense Distribution Depot Susquehanna located in New Cumberland, PA has a requirement for the establishment of an Indefinite-Delivery Requirements contract to provide the necessary labor and materials to perform laboratory analyses on samples of contaminated/non-contaminated groundwater, drinking water, hazardous wastes, PCBs, bulk samples ...

Encouraging results in evaluating groundwater contaminants

by Soil Science Society of America  (Oct. 30, 2008)

The widespread use of pesticides across the United States has been in practice for decades, with little knowledge of the long-term effects on the nation’s groundwater. The results of a new study show that samples taken from over 300 wells across the US have not retained a high concentration of pesticide contamination. The news is a result of a ...

Pennsylvania Groundwater Contaminated By Coal Ash

by Environment News Service (ENS)  (Sep. 19, 2007)

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 ...

Webinar - Environmental Isotopes in Groundwater Studies: Nitrogen Species and Reactions in Contaminated Groundwater

by National Ground Water Association (NGWA)  (Feb. 26, 2014)

Webinar overview Gain insight on the integration of nitrogen geochemistry and isotopes may be used for tracing the origin of nitrogen species and their transformations in the subsurface in this Webinar, which is a part of the Environmental Isotopes in Groundwater Studies Webinar series*. Nitrogen represents one of the most ubiquitous and ...

Hanford site treating record amount of contaminated groundwater

by US Department of Energy  (Jul. 15, 2013)

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL) has exceeded this year’s goal for treating 1.4 billion gallons of contaminated groundwater at the Hanford Site in Washington state. “In the last few years, DOE built three new groundwater treatment facilities, and now we are seeing the ...

Fracking: leaking wells cause gas-contaminated groundwater

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Feb. 26, 2015)

Contamination of drinking water in areas close to several fracking sites in the Marcellus and Barnett Shales, USA, is caused by structural problems leading to wells leaking natural gas into aquifers, a new study suggests. The researchers measured trace amounts of chemicals, called noble gases, which formed signatures of the sources of gas ...

Nitrate Contamination in Groundwater Worsens in California Farm Areas

by EMSL Analytical, Inc.  (Mar. 16, 2012)

A new study claims that nitrate pollution in drinking water supplies near California’s Central Valley farming communities has worsened in recent decades and will continue to spread, reports the LA Times. UC Davis scientists analyzed groundwater data from the southern San Joaquin and Salinas valleys and concluded that even if all farming ...

Ridding rice plantations of arsenic from contaminated groundwater

Genetically engineered rice plants that resist the uptake of toxic metals could boost production and ease the shortage of this staple crop in Asia, India and Bangladesh, where irrigation with contaminated groundwater has created soils with toxic levels of arsenic. More than 80 percent of the world’s population depends on rice as a staple food, ...

USGS report `contaminants in groundwater used for public supply` released

by Soil Science Society of America  (Jul. 3, 2010)

The US Geological Survey (USGS) a unit of the Interior Department, has released a study of untreated water samples from 932 public wells across the nation.  Findings showed that naturally occurring contaminants, such as radon and arsenic, accounted for about three-quarters of contaminant concentrations greater than human-health benchmarks. ...

Gas stations fined over US$3m for soil and groundwater contamination

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Mar. 19, 2008)

The US Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has upheld the agency’s enforcement action against the owner of Lowest Price gas stations in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In cooperation with state and D.C. officials, EPA filed a complaint in September 2002 against gas station owner, Euclid of Virginia, Inc. for violating regulations ...

EPA Settlement with Ryder Truck Rental Protects Soil and Groundwater from Contamination

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (May 6, 2014)

Ryder Truck Rental Inc. has agreed to pay a $22,500 penalty to settle alleged violations of underground storage tank (UST) regulations at the company’s facility located at 6605 Governor Printz Boulevard in Wilmington, Del., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. EPA cited the company for not complying with safeguards ...

Chlorinated solvent contaminated groundwater remedial action approved by Florida DEP

by P2 Environmental, Inc.  (Oct. 29, 2009)

P2 Environmental, Inc. has received approval from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to implement an innovative remediation strategy to clean up groundwater contaminated by dissolved and separate-phase chlorinated solvents. The remediation will be completed at a former manufacturing facility located in west-central Florida. ...

EPA investigates US hazardous waste site for soil & groundwater contamination

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Feb. 20, 2008)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a geophysical survey and will conduct a preliminary assessment of an illegal disposal site known as the Smith and Thompson Pumping Company Site in Lancaster, California. Court-ordered surface clean-up of the site is complete; the EPA’s investigation will determine if hazardous waste is ...

NGWREF grant funds study of potential groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing

by National Ground Water Association (NGWA)  (Jan. 18, 2016)

The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation has awarded SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, New York, a $6,550 research grant to use probabilistic risk assessment and fault tree analysis (FTA) to evaluate potential groundwater degradation from hydraulic fracturing. “The public and policymakers have been concerned with the ...

EPA begins drilling relief well to remove contaminated groundwater

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (May 15, 2008)

The US Environmental Protection Agency began drilling a relief well into the Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel this week, an important step towards the removal and treatment of large volumes of metals-contaminated water that have accumulated in Leadville's historic mining district in Lake County, Colo. An EPA contractor, the Layne Christensen ...

EPA to hold public meeting for the aberdeen contaminated groundwater site in Aberdeen, NC

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Sep. 7, 2011)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a public meeting regarding the Aberdeen Contaminated Groundwater Site on Wednesday, September 07, 2011, at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Aberdeen Town Hall located at 115 North Poplar Street in Aberdeen, Moore County, NC. The EPA and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural ...

Groundwater contaminant assessment and remediation subjects of NGWA courses in Maryland

by National Ground Water Association (NGWA)  (Aug. 14, 2008)

Groundwater industry professionals can increase their remediation technology knowledge in two different National Ground Water Association short courses taking place September 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland. “Understanding Migration, Assessment, and Remediation of Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids,” September 23-25, provides hydrogeologists, regulators, and ...

Trees as tools to treat common groundwater contaminants focus of NGWA Webinar

by National Ground Water Association (NGWA)  (Apr. 23, 2012)

“Introduction to the Phytoremediation of Common Groundwater Contaminants,” a one-hour Webinar presented by the National Ground Water Association, will take place June 5, 2012 at 1 p.m. ET. Attendees will learn how trees can remediate many common groundwater contamination problems during this online presentation by Dr. James E. ...

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