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Major Improvements to FracFocus Announced

02-26-2015

Major Improvements to FracFocus Announced
For Immediate Release
February 26, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY - As it enters its fourth year, FracFocus, the nationwide system for disclosing chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process, continues to improve its performance and versatility.
The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), joint venture partners in the FracFocus initiative, announce the coming release of improvements to FracFocus’ system functionality.  The new features for 2015...

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New USGS Reports Describe Groundwater Vulnerability to Contamination

01-30-2015

New USGS Reports Describe Groundwater Vulnerability to Contamination
 
One in every five samples of groundwater used as a source for drinking contains at least one contaminant at a level of concern for human health, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.
 
About 115 million people—more than one-third of the Nation’s population—rely on groundwater for drinking water, and the need for high-quality drinking-water supplies is becoming more urgent as the Nation’s population...

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New USGS Reports Describe Groundwater Vulnerability to Contamination

01-21-2015

New USGS Reports Describe Groundwater Vulnerability to Contamination
 
One in every five samples of groundwater used as a source for drinking contains at least one contaminant at a level of concern for human health, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.
 
About 115 million people—more than one-third of the Nation’s population—rely on groundwater for drinking water, and the need for high-quality drinking-water supplies is becoming more urgent as the Nation’s population...

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EPA will propose new ground water standards at facilities that extract uranium using the in-situ recovery (ISR) process.

01-16-2015

EPA will propose new ground water standards at facilities that extract uranium using the in-situ recovery (ISR) process.
 
On December 31, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator, Gina McCarthy, signed a proposed rule to strengthen the “Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings,” (40 Code of Federal Regulations Part 192 or 40 CFR 192) by adding new ground water protection standards for in-situ recovery (ISR) of uranium. The proposed standards apply to byproduct materials produced by...

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USDA Seeks Public Comment on New EQIP Rule

01-15-2015

USDA Seeks Public Comment on New EQIP Rule‏
 
On December 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a rule that outlines how it will improve the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). This interim rule with request for comment amends the existing Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) regulation to incorporate programmatic changes as authorized by amendments in the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA has established a 60-day comment period for the rule. Comments are due by Feb. 10, 2015 and can be submitted through regulations.gov or by mailing them. Full...

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