Daily Archives: September 17, 2011

Global water market could be worth $800 billion by 2035

Global water market could be worth $800 billion by 2035.  Some experts foresee the water market hitting $1 trillion by as early as 2020. Click here for the analysis by Kemira, a Finnish chemicals firm.

Source: Reuters/Fahad Shadeed

A worker stands at a desalination plant, 35 lm south of Riyadh, May 4, 2011.

Collier County (FL) votes to retain fluoridation

The Collier County Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to continue the practice of adding fluoride to the public portable water supply distributed by the Public Utilities Division’s Water Department. Click here for more.

 

Source: drc.cdc.gov

USEPA Releases “Plan EJ 2014” – Strategy to Protect People’s Health and the Environment in Communities Overburdened by Pollution

News Releases from Headquarters

EPA Releases Strategy to Protect People’s Health and the Environment in Communities Overburdened by Pollution

Release date: 09/14/2011

Contact Information: Stacy Kika, kika.stacy@epa.gov, 202-564-0906, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of Plan EJ 2014, a three-year, comprehensive plan to advance environmental justice efforts in nine areas, including rulemaking, permitting, enforcement, and science. Plan EJ 2014 aims to protect people’s health in communities overburdened by pollution, to empower communities to take action to improve their health and environment, and to establish partnerships with local, state, tribal and federal governments and organizations to promote sustainable communities where a clean environment and healthy economy can thrive.

“Far too often, and for far too long, low-income, minority and tribal communities have lived in the shadows of some of the worst pollution, holding back progress in the places where they raise their families and grow their businesses,” said Lisa F. Garcia, senior advisor to the EPA Administrator for Environmental Justice. “Today’s release of Plan EJ 2014 underscores Administrator Jackson’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that all communities have access to clean air, water and land, and that all Americans have a voice in this environmental conversation.”

Plan EJ 2014 is EPA’s strategy to meet the mandate of Executive Order 12898, “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations,” which states that each federal agency, with the law as its guide, should make environmental justice part of its mission. EPA released the draft plan for public comment in fall 2010 and spring 2011 and held forums and listening sessions in communities across the country.

EPA, along with its federal partners, will continue to conduct outreach, education, stakeholder forums and listening sessions as it moves forward to implement EO 12898 and Plan EJ 2014. EPA will issue annual reports documenting the progress toward meeting the commitments outlined in Plan EJ 2014. The annual reports will be made available to the public through EPA’s website.

Plan EJ 2014: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/environmentaljustice/plan-ej/index.html

More information on environmental justice: http://epa.gov/environmentaljustice/

Atrazine Class-Action Lawsuit Amended

The plaintiff attorney in a class-action lawsuit against Syngenta has asked the court to declare weed killer atrazine a defective product…..as well as harmfull to human health so that its presence at any concentration injures water supplies. (Click here)

This is essentially the spaghetti approach….throw all arguments against the wall and see if any of it sticks. This type of case is a steep up hill climb….I would not expect it to succeed, but then, I am not the judge. Stay tuned.