nitrate regulation News

  • Nitrate Reductase

    A proposed new ASTM International test method will present a means to perform nitrate analysis of water without the use of hazardous chemicals. WK27289, Test Methods for Nitrite-Nitrate in Water by Nitrate Reductase, is being developed by Subcommittee D19.05 on Inorganic Constituents in Water, part of ASTM International Committee ...


    By ASTM International

  • Defra publishes revised nitrate regulations and maps

    Defra has published regulations extending the areas of England designated as Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) from 55% to around 70%. This reflects the Government’s decision to continue designating the zones on a selective basis rather than adopt the whole territory approach of some Member States. The Regulations also make changes to the Action Programme specifying actions which farmers in ...

  • Nitrate pollution prevention regulations: Help available for farmers to prepare for regulations

    A national package of advice and support for farmers preparing for the new Nitrate Pollution Prevention Regulations has been launched by Defra. The regulations come into force on 1 January 2009 and update the UK’s implementation of the 1991 EU Nitrates Directive. Around 60 per cent of nitrate pollution in water is caused by agriculture, and it is vital that this is tackled to protect and sustain ...

  • Nitrate and the U.S. EPA

    The U.S. EPA initiated the Federal Water Pollution Control Act  in 1948 to regulate contaminants in surface waters - which later expanded in 1972 to form the Clean Water Act (CWA). Nitrate is one of the primary contaminants regulated by the U.S. EPA under the CWA as well as the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The maximum contaminant level set by the ...


    By NECi Superior Enzymes

  • Des Moines struggling with nitrates in water

    Two rivers that supply water to 500,000 people in the Des Moines area show nitrate levels spiking to levels that make it unsafe for some to drink, a concentration experts haven't before seen in the fall that likely stems from especially wet weather in recent months. The utility that supplies Des Moines and most of its suburbs had workers blending river water with other sources to lower the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Nitrate Contamination in Groundwater Worsens in California Farm Areas

    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 operations stopped immediately, nitrates would stay in ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Nitrate concentrations of groundwater increasing in many areas of US

    Nitrate is the most common chemical contaminant in the world’s ground water, including in aquifers used for drinking-water supply. Nitrate in drinking water of the United States is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) because of concerns related to infant health and possible cancer risks. Use of man-made synthetic fertilizers has steadily increased since World War II, ...

  • Aqwise developing advanced biological treatment system for drinking water nitrate contamination

    Aqwise, provider of advanced solutions for wastewater treatment, has signed a cooperation agreement with 'Mekorot', Israel's national water company, for field-testing an advanced biological treatment technology for Nitrate contamination in drinking water. The agreement was signed in the framework of WaTechTM, Mekorot’s entrepreneurship, investments and partnership center for water technologies. ...

  • ASTM D843 - 06(2011)e1 standard specification for nitration grade Xylene

    This specification covers nitration grade xylene. The nonaromatic hydrocarbons, acid wash color, copper corrosion, appearance, distillation range, initial distillation temperature, and dry point of nitration grade xylene shall be tested to meet the requirements prescribed. This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only ...


    By ASTM International

  • Webinar - NECi Presents: Enzymatic Nitrate Quantitation Using Discrete Analyzer Technology

    NECi will be presenting nitrate analysis by nitrate reductase during a webinar November 5th from 12:00pm-1:00pm.  Vice President of NECi, Ellen R. Campbell, will be featured in a presentation during the webinar on Analytical Grade Enzymes, specifically Nitrate ...


    By NECi Superior Enzymes

  • Federal agency finds lax regulation of chemicals

    A federal agency investigating a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant will tell a Senate committee Thursday that regulation of the dangerous chemicals used in the industry fall under a "patchwork" of standards that are decades old and are far weaker than rules used by other countries. The U.S Chemical Safety Board is the first federal agency to ...


    By Associated Press

  • AdEdge Water Technologies Awarded biotttaTM Nitrate Removal Project for the West Valley Water District, California

    AdEdge Water Technologies today announced it has been awarded and is implementing a biotttaTM (biologically tailored two-stage treatment approach) nitrate, perchlorate, and trichloroethylene removal project for the West Valley Water District, California. The West Valley Water District serves several communities in Riverside County, California. Historic levels of ...

  • Enzyme Based Nitrate Determination Method for Wastewater Reaches First Step in EPA Approval

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that The Nitrate Elimination Company, Inc. (NECi) Method N07-0003 “Method for Nitrate Reductase Nitrate-Nitrogen Analysis” meets all requirements for measurement of nitrate and combined nitrate-nitrite in wastewater. Enzyme-based nitrate analysis will be recommended for inclusion in the list of 40 CFR Part 136 in ...


    By NECi Superior Enzymes

  • More hazardous substances added to emergency regulations

    Environment Canada has added 41 unique substances to the Environmental Emergency Regulations, including styrene, an explosive chemical used to make polystyrene plastic containers, and ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer. As an example of the hazards associated with styrene, an explosion that occurred in the province of Quebec in 1966 resulted in 11 deaths, 7 injuries and significant ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • OSHA partners with fertilizer industry to get message out on chemical safety

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is partnering with the Agricultural Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute to reach more than 7,000 agricultural retailers, distributers, producers and other facilities in the fertilizer industry to remind employers of the importance of safely storing and handling ammonium nitrate. This effort follows the devastating April 2013 ...

  • Northern Irish farmers offered training to reduce water pollution

    In a bid to make sure farmers in Northern Ireland are complying with new rules to improve water quality in rivers and lakes in the country, the UK government has launched a new training scheme. The Nitrates Action Programme Regulations came into force in January 2007 and established measures to control the application and storage of livestock manures and fertilisers. The rules apply to all ...

  • Fertilisers linked to contaminated drinking water in Evros, Greece

    In a new study, samples of drinking water from the north-east of Greece have been found to exceed European limits for nitrates, sulphates and phosphates - chemicals that are linked to health problems such as reproductive disorders and cancer. The research has produced a map of the Evros area showing the location of 64 water sampling sites and found that pollution levels are highest in areas with ...

  • What the Fertilizer Industry Has Been Doing to Reduce Groundwater Pollution

    The fertilizer industry is very concerned and engaged in the issue of nitrate contamination in California's groundwater supplies, according to Richard Cornett, communications director for the Western Plant Health Association in Sacramento, a trade group that represents fertilizer companies, manufacturers and retailers. Regarding a recent UC Davis study on the issue, the fertilizer industry ...


  • Latest summary of EPA actions to ensure safe drinking water in Utah (UT)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 issued 3 administrative orders and 3 notices of violation in Utah from October 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010, under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Although the State of Utah is authorized to implement the Safe Drinking Water Act, EPA can take federal action against public water systems in the state that violate the SDWA and its regulations. ...

  • Probe Finds Scant Oversight of Chemical Plants

    The government has no way of fully knowing which U.S. chemical facilities stock ammonium nitrate, the substance that exploded last year at a Texas fertilizer plant and killed 14 people, congressional investigators say. Outdated federal policies, poor information sharing with states and a raft of industry exemptions point to scant federal oversight, says a new report obtained by The Associated ...


    By Associated Press

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