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According to the Sacramento’s ABC10 investigative news team, the city knowingly tested a new water treatment chemical for a year despite early indications the new treatment produced carcinogenic byproducts. The chemical test began in 2013, and revolved around the water treatment chemical aluminum chlorohydrate, or ACH. ACH was considered a more cost-effective treatment than the […]

On November 8, 2015, the City of Boca Raton Utility Services Department announced a two-week modified disinfection process was in effect. The more aggressive treatment provides additional protection against bacteria, but means drinking water will contain chlorine residue instead of the relatively weaker chloramine residue. The process will continue until Sunday, November 22, 2015. What […]

oil spill

On May 19, 2015, a pipeline along the coast of Santa Barbara, California, malfunctioned and burst, spilling a great amount of crude oil directly into the ocean. Plains All American Pipeline, the operator of the pipeline in question, originally estimated the total oil leaked at approximately 100,000 gallons. However, the Associated Press now reports that […]

Grand Canyon mercury levels

A recent U.S. Geological Survey report acts as a reminder that even remote ecosystems and waterways can be contaminated with pollutants. After examining the Grand Canyon segment of the Colorado River, the survey team reported levels of mercury and selenium that “regularly exceed risk thresholds for fish and wildlife.” In many of the fish sampled, […]

Emergency Preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month, a public service campaign focusing on helping individuals and communities prepare for natural disasters and other threats to public safety. In 2015, the month will cover four weekly hazard themes: Week 1: Flood Week 2: Wildfire Week 3: Hurricane Week 4: Power Outages One common element runs through preparation for […]