water quality control News

  • California to sue federal government for polluting vessels in Suisun Bay

    To clean up toxic pollution caused by the deterioration of approximately 50 obsolete federal vessels anchored in Suisun Bay, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board today announced its intention to sue the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Water Board’s planned enforcement action will reinforce a suit brought last year ...

  • Goodbye to the ghost fleet

    The U.S. Maritime Administration, the federal agency responsible for San Francisco Bay's ghost fleet, has agreed to clean up and remove the abandoned and decaying ships from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet.A settlement agreement announced today resolves a long-running legal battle over the decaying fleet between MARAD and the Natural Resources Defense Council, Arc Ecology, San Francisco Baykeeper, ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • U.S. EPA orders 13 chino dairies to control manure runoff // joint effort with local water board to protect Santa Ana river

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ordering 13 Chino area dairies to comply with Clean Water Act requirements to prevent dairy manure waste and other pollutants from reaching local waterways. Among the violations discovered at the dairies subject to EPA’s orders were: failure to construct or maintain controls necessary to prevent manure and other contaminants from discharging ...

  • California water use rises amid severe drought

    Californians have increased their water consumption this year during the severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining. The State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday released updated results from a water-use survey that said consumption has risen 1 percent, even as Gov. Jerry Brown has called for a 20 percent ...


    By Associated Press

  • Delaware County Regional Water Utility to Reduce Sewage Discharges to Delaware River and Local Creeks

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced a settlement with the Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority (DELCORA) resolving alleged Clean Water Act violations involving combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to the Delaware River and its tributaries. In a proposed consent decree, DELCORA has agreed to develop and implement a ...

  • U.S. EPA Finds Petaluma, Calif., Superfund Site Clean

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announces it has deleted the Sola Optical USA, Inc. site in Petaluma, Calif., from the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). Between 1978 and 2001, Sola Optical USA, Inc. owned and operated an optical lens manufacturing facility at the site in Petaluma, Calif. As a result of Sola Optical’s manufacturing processes, chlorinated solvents and ...

  • Pennsylvania Water Utility to Reduce Sewage Discharges to Delaware River and Local Creeks

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced a settlement with the Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority (DELCORA) resolving alleged Clean Water Act violations involving combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to the Delaware River and its tributaries. In a proposed consent decree, DELCORA has agreed to develop and implement a ...

  • Construction of chromium treatment system begins at San Fernando Valley Superfund site

    The US Environmental Protection Agency and the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board have announced that Honeywell International, Inc. has recently begun construction of a wellhead treatment system for chromium in the North Hollywood region of the San Fernando Valley - Area 1 Superfund Site. In early 2007, a production well that is part of the groundwater cleanup system for solvent ...

  • U.S. EPA Orders NASA to Clean Up Soils Threatening Sensitive Habitat

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today ordered the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to take immediate and long-term actions to address soil contamination at its Ames Research Center at the Moffett Field Naval Air Station in Mountain View, Calif. This order is part of an effort to enter into a long-term cleanup agreement with NASA for the Ames site. Soils at the ...

  • New report gives technical guidance for application of in situ remedial reagents

    A newly available technical report by a state-sponsored working group of Los Angeles-area environmental scientists, regulators and remedial contractors provides a detailed guidance document for subsurface injection of in situ remedial reagents (ISRRs) to eliminate groundwater contaminants. The 46-page document is available for download online at www.regenesis.com. Environmental professionals have ...


    By Regenesis

  • TRUE ZERO-DISCHARGE POLLUTION CONTROL SYSTEMS

    Untitled Document In the spring of 1989, Beale Air Force Base (AFB), California, was issued a Cease and Desist Order from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board (CRWQCB) to halt all ...


    By HF Pure Water

  • Bay area municipalities ordered to protect San Francisco Bay from sewage discharges

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Justice Department, California Water Boards and San Francisco Baykeeper today announced a stipulated order that will settle a Clean Water Act enforcement action against seven municipalities in the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD). The settlement is part of a broader enforcement strategy to address sewage overflows to the San Francisco Bay, ...

  • Stormwater Monitoring & Sampling Season Begins in California

    The environmental professionals at CSC Targhee, a member of the Clark Seif Clark (CSC) family of companies, are busy helping California companies comply with stormwater regulations. The stormwater season has begun.  The official wet season runs from October 1st through May 30th.  That means the next storm that results in runoff from a facility must be sampled within the ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Colorado Water Quality Division Understaffed, Underfunded

    DENVER, Colorado, September 17, 2007 (ENS) - Oil and gas leases, mining, construction are taking their toll on the water quality in Colorado's lakes, rivers and streams, finds a report released Thursday by the nonprofit Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center. The water in rivers and streams declined 21 percent over the past eight years, and water quality in Colorado lakes ...

  • San Diego Fined for Failing to Properly Enforce Storm Water Regulations

    Last month, the City of San Diego was fined for failing to enforce rules that require storm water runoff to be properly treated before it enters nearby bays and the ocean through a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4).  This news comes after a settlement was reached between San Diego and the Regional Water Quality Control Board.  The city has until November 1st to notify 142 ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • US clamps down on chromium contamination

    The US Environmental Protection Agency has ordered a Glendale, Calif. business to conduct a soil and groundwater investigation for hexavalent chromium contamination at the 718 West Wilson Avenue property. The Wilson Avenue property is part of the former Drilube Company site, located within the San Fernando Valley Area 2 Superfund Site. Between 1945 – 2004, the Drilube Company operated an ...

  • EPA will remove 1100 tons of perchlorate-contaminated soil in Barstow, CA

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week will begin excavating areas of perchlorate-contaminated soil on and around a residential property on Poplar Street in Barstow, CA. The residence had been occupied by the former owner of Mojave Pyrotechnics, Inc., a defunct pyrotechnics manufacturing company that operated in the 1980’s. EPA will remove approximately 1100 tons of contaminated ...

  • Weston to provide construction management services for Port of Long Beach, CA

    Weston Solutions, Inc. (WESTON,,) announced today the award of a $12.4 million contract for Professional Construction Management Services for the Interim/Source Removal Action at Pier A West/Area 2, Port of Long Beach (POLB), CA. WESTON’s Construction Management Scope is just one part of an estimated $80 million remediation project at Pier A under the regulatory oversight of the Los ...


    By Weston Solutions, Inc

  • Boeing Fined for Stormwater Runoff to Los Angeles River

    LOS ANGELES, California, September 27, 2007 (ENS) - Allowing stormwater runoff and wastewater discharges with elevated levels of chromium, dioxin, lead, mercury and other pollutants to enter a tributary of the Los Angeles River has cost the Boeing Company $471,190 in fines issued by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. The penalties were for 79 violations of ...

  • WEF seeks editor-in-chief for water environment research

    The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is now accepting nominations and applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief for its premier international research journal, Water Environment Research (WER). Published since 1928, WER features peer-reviewed research papers and research notes, as well as state-of-the-art and critical reviews on original, fundamental, and applied research in all ...

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