Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

Put to the test

Arizona will screen schools for lead in drinking water

MARK HENLE

Arizona Republic

Arizona Republic

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality plans to test more than 1,000 schools for lead in drinking water — an effort state officials say has never been done before on this scope in Arizona. The statewide lead screening program, which ADEQ officials stressed is precautionary, kicked off last week. Officials said the screening is necessary to gauge how many schools potentially have water sources above the U.S. EPA's "action level" of 15 parts per billion.

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EPA denies $1 billion-plus in mine spill claims

Reuters

The U.S. EPA denied $1.2 billion in claims for economic losses stemming from a 2015 toxic wastewater spill accidentally triggered by the agency at a defunct Colorado mine, that fouled waterways in three states. The EPA said in a statement that it was "not legally able to pay" damage claims over the discharge from the Gold King Mine, located near the town of Silverton in southwestern Colorado.

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A wild ride awaits for water issues under Trump

Water Deeply

Like his vow to build a border wall, President-elect Donald Trump's promises around water issues will be difficult to fulfill. The path could be disruptive for water agencies and the environment. Trump has said he wants to invest in treatment systems to prevent problems caused by aging distribution lines. Paradoxically, he also has vowed to slash Clean Water Act regulations.

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