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 Public Hearing for The California Regional Water Quality Control Board

The California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region will hold a public hearing to consider revised Waste Discharge Requirements for the Mesquite Regional Landfill at 10:00 a.m. on June 18, 2009 in Yucca Valley, California. To review the Regional Board's public notice click here. Copies of the proposed Revised Waste Discharge Requirements, Board Order No. R7-2009-003 are available on the Regional Board's website.

05/27/09 | Read more »

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 Eat, Drive, Wash, Repeat

Reuse is a keyword in helping to protect the environment.  Reuse your bags, clothing, electronics and the list goes on.  But what about reusing the waste oil from restaurants?  You have probably heard of biofuel and those who use it to run their automobiles, but what happens to the waste from the biofuel? That is where Marshall and Megan Dostal’s creative thinking comes in.  Marshall has been collecting leftover grease from fine restaurants in L.A. for years and turning it into biofuel (in his own garage) for his car.  That is pretty creative on its own.  But, with the help of his...

04/03/09 | Read more »

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 Al Gore wants to create a new .eco domain name extension

Al Gore and The Alliance for Climate Protection have announced that they are interested in creating a new .eco domain name extension. The .eco domain extension will be for individuals to express their support for environmental causes, for companies to promote their environmental initiatives, and for environmental organizations to maintain their websites in a namespace that is more relevant to their core missions. “We fully support Dot Eco LLC in its efforts to secure the .eco top level domain through the ICANN application process and look forward to working with Dot Eco LLC to promote .eco. This is a truly exciting opportunity...

03/19/09 | Read more »

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 Pablo Calculates the True Cost of Bottled Water

We have tried to calculate the true cost of producing and transporting bottled water before, and have come up with just vague approximations, which did not take the production of the bottle into account. Over at Triple Pundit, Sustainability Engineer and MBA Pablo Päster has done a thorough and exhaustive study of the cost of bring a litre of Fiji Water to America. He starts with the production of the bottle in China, taking the bottle blanks to Fiji, and confirming that it takes more water to make the bottle than it actually holds. He then transports the bottle to the...

06/02/09 | Read more »

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  Bottled water labels need more information

WASHINGTON Two new reports released July 8 at a congressional oversight subcommittee hearing recommend that bottled water be labeled with the same level of information municipal water providers must disclose, according to July 8 Associated Press (AP) report. The reports, one by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, and the other by the advocacy group Environmental Working Group, say that consumers know less about the water they buy in bottles than what comes from their taps because the two are regulated differently. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates bottled water as a food item; the US Environmental Protection Agency...

07/09/09 | Read more »

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  Meds lurk in drinking water

Editor's note: First of a three-part series. A vast array of pharmaceuticals including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows. To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe. But the presence of so many prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists...

07/09/09 | Read more »

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  Drugs found in drinking water

A vast array of pharmaceuticals including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows. To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe. But the presence of so many prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health. In...

09/12/08 | Read more »

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  Group runs to bring world safe drinking water

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A Bay Area woman who nearly lost her life in a PG&E electrical vault explosion four years ago is raising money in San Francisco this weekend for a cause dear to her heart. The accident changed Lisa Nash's life and motivated her to create a nonprofit that brings safe drinking water to impoverished countries around the world. This weekend, a group of runners is taking part in the San Francisco Marathon, as part of Nash's run for water team. Nash created blue planet run after the accident in August of 2005. She was walking on Kearny Street when the...

07/22/09 | Read more »

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  More Scrutiny Urged for Bottled Water

WASHINGTON—Federal regulation hasn’t caught up with Americans’ taste for bottled water. The Food and Drug Administration, which oversees the $11.2 billion industry, doesn’t keep track of companies that produce bottled water and doesn’t require companies to report positive tests for contaminants, federal officials told a House hearing Wednesday. Consumer advocates testified before the Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight and investigations panel that bottlers should be required to disclose more information to consumers. In a report released at the hearing, the Government Accountability Office urged the FDA to require bottlers to use labels that would, at the least, tell consumers how to get comprehensive...

07/13/09 | Read more »

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