California: 15,000 cancer cases could stem from chemicals in tap water

Study estimates 15,000 cancer cases could stem from chemicals in California tap water

(CNN) A new study finds that drinking tap water in California over the course of a lifetime could increase the risk of cancer.

Researchers from the environmental advocacy group Environmental Working Group estimated that the contaminants found in public water systems in California could contribute to about 15,500 cancer cases there over the course of a lifetime. These contaminants include chemicals such as arsenic, hexavalent chromium and radioactive elements such … [more…]

DC drinking water needs more monitoring for lead, audit finds

DC drinking water needs more monitoring for lead, audit finds

The greatest risk of lead exposure is to infants, young children, and pregnant women. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

D.C. Water isn’t doing all that could be done to reduce lead levels in the District’s drinking water, according to an audit by the city’s Office of Inspector General.

While “The District has made considerable improvements since 2001 when the District suffered a crisis of elevated lead levels in the drinking water,” the audit … [more…]

EPA’s chemical decision worries Republicans

photo: EPA’s decision about PFOA, PFOS worries Republicans

In the House, some lawmakers are already calling for Congress to step in and force EPA to set a drinking water limit if the Trump administration does not act. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Key congressional Republicans voiced concerns Tuesday about the prospect that EPA will not set drinking water limits for two toxic chemicals — an issue that raises new hurdles for acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s bid to permanently lead … [more…]

Broward County’s Drinking Water Report Doesn’t Address Chemical Testing Question

photo: tap water and drinking glass. Broward County's Drinking Water Report Doesn't Address Chemical Testing Question

A government memo from May 2018 clarified when Florida officials should be testing drinking water for certain types of chemicals called Trihalomethanes.

Broward County released its 2017 water quality report Monday. But the report doesn’t address a water testing controversy around certain dangerous chemicals – called trihalomethanes – that emerged earlier this spring.

The report from the county’s Water and Wastewater Services office shows drinking water across Broward County … [more…]

Environmental Groups Sue Newark Over Lead in Drinking Water

Environmental Groups Sue Newark over Lead in Drinking Water

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The Natural Resources Defense Council and Newark Education Workers Caucus have taken the city of Newark, New Jersey, to court over elevated levels of lead in the city’s drinking water. The NRDC and NEW Caucus allege that city officials have failed to implement adequate water quality and treatment systems to prevent lead from getting into drinking water and that the city is failing to comply with … [more…]