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WaterWorld Weekly - July 22, 2013

Mon, 22 Jul 2013|

This week's headlines: McCarthy confirmed as EPA Administrator; Fracking report supports safety of groundwater Device turns sweat into drinking water; Chlorine gas leak prompts warning in UK

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[MUSIC] Hi I'm Angela Godwin for Waterworld Magazine, bringing you this week's water and waste water headline. Coming up, McCarthy confirmed as EPA administrator. Fracking report, reports safety of ground water. Device turns sweat in to drinking water. Chlorine gas leak prompts warning in UK. In a 59 to 40 Senate vote last week Gina McCarthy has at long last been confirmed as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. McCarthy was nominated for the post back in March, and since that time she's been the object of much scrutiny and debate. Answering more than a 1000 questions during her confirmation hearing. Her nomination garnered strong support from the environmental community for her stance on climate change but by the same token, she's drawn criticism from conservatives dissatisfied with the agency. Prior to her post, McCarthy served as the assistant administrator of the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. Preliminary results of the Department of Energy's hydraulic fracturing study supports the contention that fracking chemicals do not pollute ground water. The study, conducted by the National Energy Technology Laboratory, focuses on a drilling site in the Marcellus Shale region. Fracturing fluid containing special tracers was injected some 8,000 feet underground and monitored over the past year. The research indicates that the fluid did not migrate up to drinking water sources. In fact, it stayed about a mile away. The DOE emphasizes that they are still in the early stages of analyzing the data. That the results are far to preliminary to make any firm claims. The final report is expected by the end of the year. [SOUND] Swedish engineer Andres Hammer has designed a machine that can take a sweaty t-shirt and turn it into drinking water. Created to promote UNICEF's campaign to raise awareness of the global water crisis. The machine uses a technique called membrane distillation to generate clean water from sweaty clothes. It spins the garment, heats it up, and then passes the vapor through a membrane that filters out impurities like bacteria and salt. As you can imagine, it doesn't produce much. One t-shirt only yields about a mouthful of clean water. Although the device will never be mass produced, it's attracted lots of attention and the Gothia Cup, the world's largest international youth soccer tournament, and it's raised awareness for UNICEF in the process. [SOUND] In international news, residents in Perry Cambridgeshire, about 60 miles north of London, were undoubtedly relieved when Anglian Water lifted its warning last week to stay indoors. The order resulted from a chlorine gas leak at the utilities' Grafham water treatment plant. It's not clear how the leak happened, but it took 25 firefighters and several utility staff to ventilate the building where it was contained. Chief Inspector Mike Hill said the warning was a precautionary measure and that the risk to the public was minimal. Anglian Water expressed its gratitude to [UNKNOWN] residents for their cooperation and apologized for any inconvenience. For WaterWorld Magazine I'm Angela Godwin, thank's for watching.

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