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May 25, 2016 E-News

GREAT LAKES GROUP BACKS WAUKESHA LAKE WATER DIVERSION – The City of Waukesha would receive Lake Michigan water, and turn off its deep wells drawing radium-contaminated water from a sandstone aquifer, under a recommendation approved Wednesday by representatives of Great Lakes states and provinces. The group on a 9-0 vote affirmed that the city’s application for a Lake Michigan water supply would comply with terms of a Great Lakes protection compact if numerous conditions the representatives recommended were imposed on the plan. Minnesota representative Julie Ekman abstained from voting. She did not vote because the state’s top officials were continuing to review the regional group’s conditional declaration of support and it was not an indication of opposition to the city’s request, Ekman said. Representatives of the eight states and two provinces voted on the declaration during a Wednesday morning conference call.

EPA RELEASES DRINKING WATER HEALTH ADVISORIES FOR PFOA AND PFOS – Based on the latest science on two chemical contaminants called PFOA and PFOS, EPA has released drinking water health advisories to provide the most up-to-date information on the health risks of these chemicals. These advisories will help local water systems and state, tribal and local officials take the appropriate steps to address PFOA and PFOS if needed. EPA’s assessment indicates that drinking water with individual or combined concentrations of PFOA and PFOS below 70 parts per trillion is not expected to result in adverse health effects over a lifetime of exposure.  These levels reflect a margin of protection, including for the most sensitive populations.  For more information, go to

EPA PROPOSES RULE TO MAKE TARGETED UPDATES TO NPDES REGULATIONS – EPA is proposing several regulatory revisions and updates to the Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. After consulting with EPA regional and state permitting experts and stakeholders from regulated and environmental communities, EPA is proposing several key fixes, including: clarifying NPDES definitions and application requirements; improving permit decision documentation in fact sheets; permitting authorities to issue public notice of certain permit actions online rather than in a newspaper; and ensuring issuance of environmentally significant permits in a timelier manner. The public comment period will be open for 60 days. This proposal would not reopen the regulations for other specific or comprehensive revision. For more information, go to

FINAL DNR STORM WATER GUIDANCE AVAILABLE – The final version of “MS4 TMDL Analysis with Respect to Internally Drained Areas” is now available. They have also posted the comments received on the guidance and DNR’s response to those comments. These documents are available on the Proposed DNR Program Guidance Web page and are available until June 7, 2016.

ON-BOARD WATER TREATMENT IS NEXT LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST INVASION – Ships that enter the Great Lakes and dump millions of gallons of ocean water each year will soon need on-board water treatment systems designed to kill foreign organisms that cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage as they spread. The state Department of Natural Resources expects to begin enforcing the new requirements in the state’s ports sometime this year, as soon as the U.S. Coast Guard and International Maritime Organization complete final technical and legal details that will allow state and federal regulations to take effect. Shipping interest groups complain that on-board water treatment is too costly, but conservation advocates have been waiting for years for the systems to be installed.

QUOTE – “As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation’s wars.” –  John M. McHugh

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