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February 12, 2020 E-News

RURAL WATER E-NEWS …………………………….……….….…………………………….    2/12/20 

EPA Continues to Approve Toxic PFAS Chemicals Despite Widespread Contamination.  Even as the Environmental Protection Agency has been trumpeting its efforts to find and clean up contamination from industrial chemicals known as PFAS, it has been allowing new chemicals in this class to enter into commerce, according to data from the agency.

Shock after alcohol flows from kitchen taps in Kerala.  The smelly, brown liquid began flowing from kitchen taps in the block of flats, in Kerala, on Monday morning.  Bemused residents then contacted the authorities for help, and discovered their water well had been contaminated by officials – albeit accidentally.

Both sides offer views at PFAS hearing.  “We also need to keep in mind that a majority of this (PFAS) contamination is from firefighting foam … Passing a regulation that (will) choke off a lot of our permit holders – industrial and municipal, alike – is a really dangerous precedent for dealing with the unknown science, at this point,”

PFAS bills face opposition from industry groups, short timeline before session adjournment.  Pushback from industry groups could present a challenge for comprehensive bipartisan legislation aimed at addressing hazardous chemicals in groundwater and air pollution — especially as the Legislature rapidly approaches adjournment.

DNR asks fire departments statewide to report use of firefighting foam containing PFAS.  The Department of Natural Resources is asking fire departments around the state to report their use of any firefighting foam that contains perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances.

High water wreaks havoc on Great Lakes, swamping communities.  Rita Alton has an unusual morning routine these days: Wake up. Get dressed. Go outside to see if her house is closer to tumbling down an 80-foot (24.4-meter) cliff into Lake Michigan.

Quote:  “For many of us, clean water is so plentiful and readily available that we rarely, if ever, pause to consider what life would be like without it.” –  Marcus Samuelsson

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