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New Emergency Preparedness Procedures Necessary as California Wildfires Worsen

By |2019-11-14T23:26:48+06:00November 14th, 2019|Categories: Enviromental, Pollution, Wastewater, Water|

In the past few years, the wildfires that normally blaze through the drier California regions have worsened. Photos of the devastating damage are always prevalent in various news outlets as homes are destroyed and the flames come dangerously close to the highways used to flee the fires. But the effects of the fires extend beyond [...]

AARC Consultants makes a splash at the GRWA fall conference

By |2019-11-11T08:29:38+06:00November 6th, 2019|Categories: AWIA, Enviromental, EPA, Wastewater, Water|Tags: , , , , , , |

At the Georgia Rural Water Association's fall 2019 conference in Helen, Georgia, Dr.  Scott  Thomas of AARC Consultants, LLC gave a brief but informative overview of the AWIA 2018 requirements for water utilities. The America's Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) was passed in October 2018 by Congress and is an EPA requirement for all drinking water [...]

Smithfield Farms pledges to cover manure lagoons

By |2019-05-20T21:37:58+06:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, Health & Safety, Public Health, Wastewater|

Smithfield Farms is the world's biggest pork producer. In the United States alone, the company has control of over 1,000 farms, with its headquarters in North Carolina. The recent flooding, rain, and winds of Hurricane Florence revived the conversation around safe disposal of pig manure due to the dire environmental and human health costs that [...]

Meat processing plants violate pollution permits

By |2018-11-02T23:19:39+06:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, EPA, Health & Safety, Pollution, Public Health, Texas, Wastewater|

Almost half of evaluated meat processors in violation of pollution standards The nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) recently examined EPA records for ninety eight large meat processing plants. EIP found that almost three-quarters of the plants were in violation of their permit limits for nitrogen, fecal bacteria, or other pollutants at least once. EIP had [...]

EPA may allow oil companies to dump wastewater

By |2018-10-26T22:21:28+06:00October 17th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, EPA, Industrial, Oil and Gas, Texas, Wastewater|

Pressure builds in deep disposal wells Texas oil and gas companies have always pumped the brackish wastewater that results from drilling activities back into the ground, in wells deep below the earth's surface. Some of these disposal wells are reaching their capacity and accumulating pressure. This has prompted EPA to reconsider regulations that have long [...]