About the Weekly Contaminant Roundup: Each week we bring to you headlines from around the world where water contaminants pose issues for local communities. From arsenic to PFAS, contaminants can be found in various levels and forms and should be addressed with in order to maintain clean water for all. This is your weekly dose of water contaminant news.
October 23, 2020 — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is investigating PFAS contamination linked to Tyco Fire Products, firefighting foam manufacturer based in Marinette. Agency officials are calling this the most complex environmental cleanup operation in Wisconsin’s history.
October 14, 2020 — Arsenic in drinking water from wells is causing adverse health effects in India, according to research published in the International Journal for Environmental Research and Public Health. The model confirms high arsenic levels in northern India, and also uncovers elevated levels in southwest and central India, where arsenic was not previously thought to be a problem.
October 28, 2020 — After drinking water in New Jersey’s Bergen and Hudson counties tested for high levels of lead in 2018, a $65 million plan to remove lead pipes has brought the levels back below the EPA’s threshold.
November 2, 2020 — A coalition of nine conservation groups sued the EPA over its move to roll back Obama-era regulations of wastewater pollution from coal-fired power plants. Toxins like arsenic and lead in coal plant wastewater can cause severe health problems in humans and wildlife.