IAEA Develops New Method to Track Sources of Water Pollution

IAEA Develops New Method to Track Sources of Water Pollution

Photo: Excessive nitrate in lakes, seas and rivers can increase algae growth that can lead to toxic blue-green blooms. The IAEA, in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts, has developed an innovative method to trace the origin of nitrate pollution in water. (Photo: L. Wassenaar, IAEA)

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts, has developed an innovative method for tracing the origin of nitrogen … [more…]

New York governor signs law mandating lead testing in schools

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ALBANY — Schools in New York will have to test drinking water for lead contamination.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law Tuesday that will require the state’s nearly 700 districts to conduct the testing, and he separately ordered the state Health Department to require districts to test the water by Oct. 31.

For elementary schools, the deadline is by the end of September.

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Michigan sets limit for chemical contaminants in water

Michigan sets limit for chemical contaminants in water

Photo: Katy Batdorff / Special to Detroit News

Lansing — Amid growing concern over chemical contaminants in the state’s drinking water, Gov. Rick Snyder’s office on Tuesday adopted a threshold for when regulators can act against polluters. The new rule will require state remediation if residential or commercial drinking water is found to have per- and polyfluoroalkyl levels that meet or exceed 70 parts per trillion.

The substances, known collectively … [more…]

Scientists develop substance to kill water pollutants using solar power

Scientists develop substance to kill water pollutants using solar power

Researchers at the Swansea University in the United Kingdom have developed a new non-toxic substance that can help eradicate harmful synthetic dye pollutants released into water bodies, using solar power. Nearly 300,000 tonnes of pollutants get diffused with water in water bodies in a year. According to a report published in the journal Scientific Reports, the new substance removes dye pollutants from water, adsorbing more than 90 per cent

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