Dec 182015
 
EPA Takes Timid Step Toward Stemming Pharmaceutical Pollution

EPA Admits Growing Water Contamination but Tackles Only Tiny Fraction of Flow Washington, DC — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency frankly admits that chemicals from pharmaceuticals are increasingly polluting our waters but plans to remove only a sliver from the pathway flow, according to comments filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Public comment ends this month on an EPA proposed rule requiring healthcare facilities to safely dispose of unused medications, a rule that covers very few drugs and applies in only a [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #145, Public Notice 1 Response »
May 082015
 
LAST STAND: "SAFETY TESTING REQUIRED FOR CUDJOE WASTEWATER PLANT BEFORE START UP"

by Mark Songer on behalf of the Board of Directors of LAST STAND …………………………………………………………………………………… Last Stand commends FKAA Executive Director Kirk Zuelch for agreeing to urge funding for the study to confirm or to rule-out the hydraulic connection between the shallow injection wells discharge at the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Plant and surface waters. We also commend the FKAA Board of Directors and the Monroe County Commissioners for recognizing the need and funding deep well disposal. Dr. Henry Briceno’s April 2015 report clearly states there is convincing evidence [continue reading…]

 May 8, 2015  Posted by at 3:01 am Issue #113, Water World 1 Response »
May 012015
 
THE KEYS AND THE 'RIGHT TO POLLUTE'

by Naja and Arnaud Girard… “The water would turn green,” says Dr. James Fourqurean. “The effluent coming out of the sewer plant will basically be fertilizer.” Dr. Fourqurean, a marine biology expert, testified last Tuesday about the effects of injecting approximately 1 Million gallons of treated sewage into a shallow well in Safe Harbor on Stock Island. Attorneys for a Stock Island sewer plant and environmental group Last Stand were in Court most of this week fighting over DEP’s intent to issue the controversial shallow [continue reading…]