Source: Final EPA Study Confirms Fracking Contaminates Drinking Water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its widely anticipated final report on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, confirming that the controversial drilling process indeed impacts drinking water "under some circumstances." Notably, the report also removes the EPA’s misleading line that fracking has not led to "widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources."
Ray Kemble of Dimock, Pennsylvania, holds a jug … [more…]
Source: U.S. jury orders DuPont to pay $10.5 mln over leaked chemical
A U.S. jury in Ohio ordered DuPont on Thursday to pay $10.5 million in punitive damages to a man who said he developed testicular cancer from exposure to a toxic chemical leaked from a Dupont plant, the plaintiff’s lawyer Robert Bilott said. The federal jury had awarded Kenneth Vigneron $2 million in compensatory damages in December. Bilott said
Full article: California drought: First snow survey of the year 
Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, crosses a snow covered meadow as he performs the second manual snow survey of the season at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The survey showed the snowpack at 130 percent of normal for this site at this time
A University of British Columbia research team has investigated the potential reuse of municipal wastewater in urban applications, provided that people don’t drink or cook with it.
Engineering researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus have developed guidelines for the microbial quality of recycled water for non-potable uses including laundry, landscape irrigation, agriculture, vehicle washing and firefighting. Greywater from laundry, dishwashing and showers, and black water from toilets can be recycled and … [more…]