May 10, 2010

Monday’s Water News: NW Indiana Wastewater Plants Have Frequently Violated EPA Permits

Posted in Indiana, Iowa, National, New York, North Carolina, Washington at 5:21 pm by bengann

Municipal wastewater treatment plants — not big industry — are the most frequent violators of major wastewater permits in Northwest Indiana, according to a Post-Tribune analysis of violations in a new EPA database. The Hammond Sanitary District was the most frequent violator with 31 violations between 2007 and April 2010.

Headlines
A little more than a week after a water main break disrupted service to 2 million Boston-area residents, the Boston Globe examined the Water Protection and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 3202). Although the legislation would establish a trust fund for water and wastewater infrastructure projects, soda and bottled water companies oppose the legislation because of a proposed 4 cents-per-bottle tax on bottled beverages to generate revenue for the trust fund.

Iowa Senator Charles Grassley announced that USDA has awarded a loan and grant to the Town of Chariton through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

Two years into its 18-year, $240 million plan to reduce sewer overflows, Fort Wayne, Indiana already was able to remove 1 billion gallons of contaminated water from the rivers in 2009.

Stimulus Spotlight
Funding from the economic stimulus is helping to build a  ground water treatment system at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Richland Washington.

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