WaterBriefs: WERF report on EDCs finds wastewater treatment offers barrier

In other news: West Palm Beach takes fresh approach to reducing sewer odors; LA's MWD supports water tunnel between Orange, Riverside counties; DC area water residuals disposal plan opposed by local community; Mich. attorney general continues fight over ballast water, Great Lakes; Pa. makes grants available for innovative water, wastewater technology projects...

In other news, below:
-- West Palm Beach takes fresh approach to reducing sewer odors
-- LA's MWD supports water tunnel between Orange, Riverside counties
-- DC area water residuals disposal plan opposed by local community
-- Mich. attorney general continues fight over ballast water, Great Lakes
-- Pa. makes grants available for innovative water, wastewater technology projects

WERF report on EDCs finds wastewater treatment provides protective barrier
ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 10, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) has released a report, Endocrine Disrupting Compounds and Implications for Wastewater Treatment, that summarizes the latest research on endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) and provides an easily accessible primer on the endocrine system, the nature and sources of EDCs, their fate in wastewater treatment, and their potential effects on human health and the environment. Included with the Technical Brief is a handy four-page Fact Sheet in Q&A format geared to the public that answers common questions concerning EDCs...
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West Palm Beach takes fresh approach to reducing sewer odors
WEST PALM BEACH, FL, May 10, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The city of West Palm Beach announced that they have seen significant improvement in their septage odor control at their East Central Regional Water Reclamation Facility. They have also seen significant cost savings. Last year, Carter & VerPlanck Inc., a Tampa-based provider of water and wastewater solutions installed the first Vapex Hydroxyl Ion fog generator at the plant's septage receiving facility to demonstrate its ability to eliminate noxious raw septage odors. The test was successful, and four additional ion fog generators were later installed and all have been in service ever since...
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LA's MWD supports water tunnel between Orange, Riverside counties
LOS ANGELES, May 10, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Offering a novel approach in planning for Southern California's future infrastructure needs, Metropolitan Water District today agreed to partner with Orange and Riverside counties in exploring a potential joint tunnel project under the Cleveland National Forest that would connect the counties. The Metropolitan Board of Directors authorized participation in a proposed joint powers agreement with the counties to investigate the feasibility of a transportation and utility corridor between the regions...
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DC area water residuals disposal plan opposed by local community
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- Concerned neighbors near the Dalecarlia Water Treatment Facility in upper Northwest Washington, D.C., urged the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw its Draft Environmental Impact Statement and restart its process to find the best and most responsible way to dispose of water treatment residuals from its facility. On April 14, the Corps filed the document with the EPA and gave citizens 45 days for review and comment. It eliminated virtually every alternative other than construction of an 80-foot dewatering facility behind Sibley Hospital and trucking dewatered sludge through the surrounding residential neighborhoods...
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Mich. attorney general continues fight over ballast water, Great Lakes
LANSING, MI, May 10, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- Mich. Atty. Gen. Mike Cox announced today that he has taken another step in his continuing effort to protect the Great Lakes environment and economy from harmful aquatic nuisance species. On Friday, Cox and five Great Lakes attorneys general filed a motion in federal district court to intervene in litigation seeking to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate ballast water discharges under the Clean Water Act. Last month, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco ordered the EPA to reverse its 30-year policy of exempting ballast water discharges from the Act. Friday's motion would grant the regional attorneys general formal party status in the case, allowing them to actively participate in the remedy phase of the trial, and if necessary, any appeals...
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Pa. makes grants available for innovative water, wastewater technology projects
HARRISBURG, PA, May 10, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty announced the opening of a $3.5 million grant program through Growing Greener that will help communities, municipalities, municipal authorities and public school districts finance improvements to their existing sewage facilities and drinking water systems by using innovative or new water and wastewater technology. Grants of up to $500,000 will be available to make physical improvements to existing drinking water and sewage treatment facilities, and sanitary and combined sewer collection/conveyance systems...
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In other recent news briefs, see: "WaterBriefs: DWR's 'Water Awareness Month' sets stage for water plan hearings" -- ALSO: Severn Trent presents environmental award to Calif. water district; Crompton Corp., Great Lakes Chemical to change name after merger; R.W. Beck ranked in the Top 100 by ENR Magazine; Zenon clears major hurdle in lawsuit with USFilter...

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