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EPA Updates Human Health Benchmarks for Pesticides

08-27-2013

EPA Updates Human Health Benchmarks for Pesticides
EPA has updated its list of human health benchmarks for pesticides. EPA develops the benchmarks for use by states and water systems in determining whether the detection of a pesticide in drinking water or source waters for drinking water may indicate a potential health risk. This year, EPA added 11 new benchmarks to the list, revised 10 of the benchmarks published in 2012 to reflect new scientific information and added cancer effects benchmarks for 40 of the pesticides. Top of Form
 

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Senate Interior-EPA Spending Bill Provides More Funding Than House Version

08-09-2013

Reposted from NGWA Newsletter:
 
Senate Interior-EPA Spending Bill Provides More Funding Than House Version
 
A key U.S. Senate Appropriations subpanel released on August 1 its legislation that would fund the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department, and the Forest Service for fiscal 2014 at levels much higher than its House of Representatives counterpart and with far fewer policy restrictions.
 
The Senate Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee's bill for fiscal 2014 would provide nearly $31...

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New USGS Circular - Factors Affecting Public-Supply-Well Vulnerability to Contamination

08-05-2013

New USGS findings on factors affecting public-supply-well vulnerability to contamination
The U.S. Geological Survey’s National Water–Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program has released new information from a 10 year study of factors affecting public-supply-well vulnerability to contamination.
The report describes why it is important to understand the sources of recharge water for a well, the geochemical conditions encountered by water drawn into a well, the mixture of waters of different ages...

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Webinar on Onsite Systems

08-01-2013

 Next Thursday, there will be an MOU webinar titled ““Assisting Families and Protecting Public Health - How Arkansas is utilizing HUD grants for onsite systems repair and EPA’s SepticSmart to Educate.” 
 The webinar will be held on August 8, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
 Registration: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/956329898
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EPA Releases Model Program to Assist State Septic Programs in Managing Water Quality Impacts in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

06-28-2013

 EPA Releases Model Program to Assist State Septic Programs in Managing Water Quality Impacts in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
 EPA has released a model program for onsite wastewater treatment systems in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to help states more effectively prevent nutrients from entering the Bay from onsite or septic systems, which will improve water quality. When properly designed, sited and maintained, decentralized systems like septic systems can treat wastewater effectively and protect surface water and groundwater. Inadequately treated sewage from...

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