Water Radiological Contamination News

  • Drinking Water Contaminant Categories Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses various drinking water contaminant categories.  “Access to clean water is a crucial ingredient for a healthy life,” said Paul Cochrane, President of Cochrane and Associates and the ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • International NORM Conference

    Our TRADEBE and Scotoil team will exhibiting at the International NORM Conference in Aberdeen on the 4th-5th of Nov 2015. On the 5th of Nov, Chris Macey, Commercial Manager - Incineration and Radioactives, will be delivering a presentation about understanding the treatment and disposal options for hazardous, NORM contaminated, and mixed waste. During the conference, our representatives will be ...


    By Tradebe

  • Tetra Tech Wins $20 Million U.S. EPA Research Contract

    Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK) announced today it has been awarded a five-year, $20 million multiple-award contract by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC). Through this contract Tetra Tech will support testing, evaluation, and reporting to address chemical, biological, radiological and other contaminating agents. Tetra Tech will ...


    By Tetra Tech

  • Water leaks may become new Japan nuclear disaster

    Japan's nuclear watchdog said a leak of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be the beginning of a new disaster - a series of leaks of contaminated water from storage tanks. The plant operator has built hundreds of steel tanks to store massive amounts of radioactive water coming from three melted reactors, as well as underground water running into reactor ...


    By Associated Press

  • Radioactive water leaks at Japanese nuclear plant

    The Japanese nuclear watchdog on Wednesday said they are taking the leakage of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant seriously, and proposed raising the rating to describe it from "an anomaly" to a "serious incident." The operator of the plant said about 300 tons (300,000 liters, 80,000 gallons) of ...


    By Associated Press

  • WEDNESDAY: EPA Will Hold Public Meeting to Discuss Final Results of Radiological Investigation at Santa Susana

    On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a community meeting to discuss the final results of its radiological investigation at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL). EPA has officially completed its field work and has collected a total of 3,735 soil and sediment samples and 215 groundwater and surface water samples which were analyzed for radioactive contaminates. A ...

  • PCB-Contaminated River Receives $366 Million Clean-Up Fund

    The New Bedford Harbor in Massachusetts will receive a clean-up fund of $366 million from South Carolina-based AVX Corp. making it the largest cash settlement for a single Superfund site clean-up in history. Between 1930 and the early 1970’s, numerous electronic manufacturers released tons of chemicals in to the New Bedford Harbor, which settled into the harbor’s sediment, leaving ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Legionnaires’ Disease in Quebec City Has Been Contained

    According to CTV News, the Legionnaires’ outbreak in Quebec City has been contained as there have been no new reported cases since August 29th. To date, the outbreak totals 13 fatal cases and 177 illnesses. An ongoing investigation is expected to confirm the source of the outbreak by mid-October. Although it is officially undetermined, many public health authorities believe the ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Legionnaires’ Disease Kills 3 at Chicago Hotel

    According to Fox News, a Legionnaire’s disease outbreak that developed in a Chicago hotel has killed three and infected seven others. At this time, the hotel has not determined where the infectious Legionella bacteria originated, but has taken precautions by draining its fountain in the hotel lobby, the pool, and the hot tub. It also has shut down a portion of its spa. At ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Hexavalent Chromium Contamination Forces EPA to Demolish New Jersey Building

    According to the Environmental Protective Agency (EPA), the E.C. Electroplating building in Garfield, NJ will be carefully torn down due to hexavalent chromium contamination. Groundwater beneath the building has also been impacted by the chemical, which affects nearby residents as the water seeps into their basements. Preliminary samples reveal that parts of the E.P. Electroplating building, its ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Benzene Levels Exceed Limits in 12 of the 17 Wells Contaminated in Jackson

    After a massive gas spill in Jackson, WI, 17 private wells have been contaminated with gasoline. Levels of benzene, a gasoline component, in 12 of the wells were found to be higher than the safe drinking water standard of 5 parts per billion established by the federal government. The pipeline break that occurred on July 17th spilled an estimated 54,600 gallons of gasoline. An excavation of ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Could Legionella Bacteria Be Contaminating Your Hot Tub?

    Hot tubs that are operated and maintained improperly provide a perfect breeding ground for Legionella bacteria. Exposure to Legionella can cause potentially deadly Legionnaires’ disease and non-fatal Pontiac fever. Legionnaires’ disease is a severe, potentially fatal and debilitating form of pneumonia that has long term effects after the disease has been treated. Pontiac fever is a ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Government Warns Against Visiting Lake Superior due to E. coli Contamination

    The Minnesota Department of Health has detected high levels of E.coli bacteria in the water at numerous beaches along the shore of Lake Superior. The contamination was detected during a weekly routine inspection, and the Department of Health has recommended no contact with the water at 42nd Avenue East Beach and Brighton Beach in East Duluth. High levels of bacteria were also detected ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Lead Poisoning Risks in Contaminated Soil

    A recent USA Today investigation revealed contaminated soil around hundreds of old lead factory sites. At a hearing on Thursday, a US senator questioned federal environmental health officials about what is being done to reduce lead poisoning risks. Children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning, and they can be exposed to lead from a variety of sources–although ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Maryland Hotel Sued after Guest Contracts Legionnaire’s Disease

    After six guests at Ocean City, MD’s historic Boardwalk hotel contracted Legionnaire’s disease last summer, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Worcester County Health Department confirmed the presence of Legionella in the hotel’s water system. Five months later, one of the six guests has filed a $6 million lawsuit against the hotel. Extensive testing ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 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.

  • Battelle Wins Contracts Worth Nearly $100 Million to Support U.S. EPA

    Battelle won five contracts worth nearly $100 million with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in September. Battelle is dedicated to developing solutions that promote both globally competitive business growth and protection of the earth and its environment. Working ...


    By Battelle Memorial Institute

  • EPA, DoD finalize agreement to clean up Fort Detrick (PA)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has signed an inter-agency agreement with the Department of Defense to remediate the Fort Detrick Area B Groundwater Superfund Site in Frederick, Md. In 2009, EPA listed Ft. Detrick Area B Groundwater on the Superfund National Priorities List, which required EPA and DoD to sign a federal facility agreement governing the cleanup. ...

  • Metal sulfides could help clean up nuclear waste

    A number of materials and methods are available to dispose of harmful nuclear waste, but scientists continue to search for improved storage options. New research has identified materials, known as layered metal sulfides, that could help clean up liquid nuclear waste. These materials have unique properties, making them stable and useful over a wide range of conditions with considerable ...

  • University finds metal sulfide solution for nuclear waste

    Nuclear power has advantages, but, if this method of making power is to be viable long term, discovering new solutions to radioactive waste disposal and other problems are critical. Otherwise nuclear power is unlikely to become mainstream. A team of Northwestern University chemists is the first to focus on metal sulfide materials as a possible source for nuclear waste remediation methods. Their ...


    By Northwestern University

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