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EPA Signs Fourth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule

12-09-2016

EPA.gov | December 9

The 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) amendments require that once every five years EPA issue a new list of no more than 30 unregulated contaminants to be monitored by public water systems (PWSs).

The EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, signed the fourth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 4) on December 8, 2016, and EPA is submitting it for publication in the Federal Register (FR). UCMR 4 requires monitoring for 30 chemical contaminants between 2018 and 2020 using analytical methods developed by EPA and consensus organizations. This...

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Now Accepting Abstracts for the 2017 UIC Conference

10-24-2016

The GWPC is excited to announce that we are now accepting abstracts for the 2017 Annual UIC Conference, February 21-23, 2017, in Austin Texas.

Please note, we've changed our abstract submittal process in hopes of making it as simple as possible.

We're looking forward to this year's agenda. Here is a list of categories we are currently seeking to fill:

  • Aquifer Storage & Recovery | Managed Aquifer Recharge
    • Examples of current successful projects
  • Aquifer Exemption
    • Updates to...
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GWPC Checklist for Regulators on Well Integrity

10-03-2016

-- A commentary by Adam Peltz, Environmental Defense Fund

After several years of collaboration among regulatory experts from across the country, the Groundwater Protection Council (GWPC), recently published a set of 136 “Regulatory Elements” intended to provide regulators with ideas to consider when improving oversight of the permitting, construction, operation and plugging of oil and gas wells.

This may sound dry, but regulations addressing these elements are what keep oil and gas wells from blowing up during drilling or later leaking methane, oil, saltwater,...

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Alabama State Geologist, Berry H. "Nick" Tew, Jr., Recognized for Contributions to the Field of Geoscience

09-26-2016

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to recognize Berry H. “Nick” Tew, Jr., the
State Geologist of Alabama, with the AGI Medal in Memory of Ian Campbell for Superlative Service to the
Geosciences, its highest award. He is recognized for his roles, abilities and successes in bringing academia,
government, industry and the public together to address major societal challenges in the geosciences.

Dr. Tew has served as State Geologist and Oil and Gas Supervisor of Alabama for 14 years and, in these
capacities, he directs the Geological Survey of...

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