Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

GenX rising

Teflon chemical pollution worries spread beyond N.C.

Treated wastewater flows from an outfall pipe from the Chemours plant into the Cape Fear River. ()


News Journal, WRAL Fayetteville & Winston-Salem Journal

A Teflon chemical that last year contaminated a North Carolina river that provides drinking water to a region of more than 200,000 people also has been detected at a well under a Chemours facility in West Virginia, according to the EPA. To help determine the extent of the chemical, called GenX, in the area's water, Delaware-based Chemours this month is complying with an EPA request to collect and test drinking water in Ohio and West Virginia. Meanwhile, N.C.'s Senate approved more funding to address GenX in the state's waterways.


Chesapeake funding bill OK'd without the funding

Bay Journal

Controversial legislation that would provide a new way of financing Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay cleanups cleared the Pennsylvania Senate last week after it was paired with another bill to increase funding for a variety of other conservation efforts. The Pennsylvania Clean Water Procurement bill, however, did not identify a funding source, prompting environmentalists to warn that the legislation is an “empty shell” that could merely thin already underfunded conservation and cleanup efforts.


Big idea: Blend expertise to tackle infrastructure

U.S. Water Alliance

The U.S. Water Alliance has released the fourth policy brief in its seven-part One Water for America Policy Framework. For the nation at large to attract more investment and innovation to water management, we need to address barriers to putting private money and expertise to work, while making sure that communities' needs are met and all partners benefit.