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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 [...]

Two shipping companies convicted of illegal oil discharges into Texas port waters

By |2019-05-20T21:05:49+06:00November 29th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, EPA, Maritime, Oil and Gas, Pollution, Texas|

Avin International LTD and Nicos I.V. Special Maritime Enterprises, two Greek shipping companies, pleaded guilty in federal court in Beaumont to illegally dumping oil into Texas port waters. During initial investigations, Nicos I.V. Special Maritime Enterprises made material false statements to the Coast Guard about the oil discharges. As of November 27, 2018, both companies [...]

Toxic herbicide found in Texas drinking water

By |2019-05-20T21:34:19+06:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, EPA, Public Health, TCEQ, Texas, Water|

In Texas, about 500 water utilities have tested positive for a weed killer with known negative health effects. Atrazine, an herbicide, is used to fend off weeds especially in warmer seasons, when it's easier for weeds to grow. The environmental working group (EWG) from EPA that reported these findings discovered, however, that these water utilities [...]

EPA enforces lead paint laws

By |2018-10-29T19:34:19+06:00October 26th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, EPA, Lead, Public Health|

EPA's enforcement alert for lead paint laws protects human health and business In October 2018, EPA released an enforcement alert from the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. The enforcement alert for lead paint laws intends to "protect human health, ensure renovators comply with requirements, and promote level playing field." The Renovation, Repair, and Painting [...]

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 [...]