April 16, 2008

Wednesday Headlines: Senate Takes EPA to Task

Posted in Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, Wisconsin at 4:55 pm by bengann

The EPA was lambasted during a Senate hearing yesterday for allowing the American public to learn that traces of pharmaceuticals are in much of the nation’s drinking water from an Associated Press investigative series, not the federal government.

The City Council of Fitchburg, Massachusetts last night approved a more than 50 percent increase in sewer rates, a measure the city’s deputy commissioner for wastewater explained was needed to make up for mounting debt, inattention to capital needs, and state mandates.

The village of Diggins, Missouri has been awarded a $500,000 Community Block Development Grant for water system improvements.

Some Tampa residents should brace for their neighborhood streets to be torn up in the next year or two as the city works on nearly $100 million in water and wastewater projects.

An estimated 212 million gallons of untreated sewage and storm water poured into Milwaukee rivers and Lake Michigan last week during the first overflows of combined sewers this year.


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