Monthly Archives: September 2011

Water Works District 5, Louisiana, to receive grants and loans to obtain water service

St Landry Parish Water District 5 has been approval for a $349,000 grant from the US Dept of Agriculture and a $250,000 grant from the state community enrichment fund, with an additional $374,000 loan. Water service will be provided to an unincorporated area with private wells high in arsenic.  Click here for more.

Did USEPA cover up a 2009 report on the greenhouse gas endangerment finding?

The following report (summary below, or click here) was prepared internally at USEPA and reported in 2009 (click here) as having been covered up by the Agency in preparation of the endangerment finding. Has the author of this 2009 report been vindicated by the recent Office of Inspector General findings? Click here.

Rural communities may be better off with their own water, sewer systems

Drill wells or buy water that is more expensive? A question being considered by many smaller communities during this difficult economic period. Click here for an example from Maryland.

Will Palm Beach County, Florida, pick up Glades Utility Authority $10 Million bill?

More interesting happenings in Palm Beach County, Florida.  So, Glades Utility Authority is only about 2 years old, and taxpayers have to bail it out already??

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Philomath (OR) fluoride ban may be reversed via ballot

Philomath City Council voted to discontinue fluoridation last May after 30 years. A ballot petition is being circulated by the opponents of the ban to reverse the ban by vote.

Click here for the news article.

Aspen, Colorado planning lower fluoride level

 Aspen city council is proposing to lower fluoride levels to 0.7 milligrams, which has been proven to reduce cavities by about 50 percent. Between 0.7 and 1.2 milligrams has about the same effect.  But with too much fluoride, dental fluorosis can result…..click here for article.

Evaluation of Exposure to Contamination at the BF Goodrich Superfund Site, Rialto, San Bernadino County, California

Last night I joined the few folks who attended the public meeting in Rialto, CA, to hear from the State of California the results of their draft Public Health Assessment for the BF Goodrich superfund site.  Public comments are due on the following document October 5, 2011.  Click here for the ATSDR public comment page. To obtain the document, click here, or on the images below.