NO REGULATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE The House Bill H. R. 637-These terms are no longer “officially” called pollution: carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride

The house is changing the term pollutants.  Dangerous chemicals are simply no longer allowed be called as such by the EPA.

SEE HERE FOR DETAILS: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/637/text

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https://waterclimate.wordpress.com/research/climate-change/

SEC. 3. CLARIFICATION OF FEDERAL REGULATORY AUTHORITY TO EXCLUDE GREENHOUSE GASES FROM REGULATION UNDER THE CLEAN AIR ACT(a) Repeal Of Federal Climate Change Regulation.—

(1) GREENHOUSE GAS REGULATION UNDER CLEAN AIR ACT.—Section 302(g) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7602(g)) is amended—

(A) by striking “(g) The term” and inserting the following:

(g) Air Pollutant.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The term”; and

(B) by adding at the end the following:

“(2) EXCLUSION.—The term ‘air pollutant’ does not include carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride.”.

(2) NO REGULATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, nothing in any of the following Acts or any other law authorizes or requires the regulation of climate change or global warming:

(A) The Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.).

(B) The Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.).

(C) The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).

(D) The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

(E) The Solid Waste Disposal Act (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.).

(b) Effect On Final Rules Of The EPA.—In accordance with this section, the following final rules (or any similar or successor rules) of the Environmental Protection Agency shall be void and have no force or effect:

(1) The final rule entitled “Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources” (published at 81 Fed. Reg. 35823 (June 3, 2016)).

(2) The final rule entitled “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units” (published at 80 Fed. Reg. 64661 (October 23, 2015)).

SEC. 4. JOBS ANALYSIS FOR ALL EPA REGULATIONS.

(a) In General.—Before proposing or finalizing any regulation, rule, or policy, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall provide an analysis of the regulation, rule, or policy and describe the direct and indirect net and gross impact of the regulation, rule, or policy on employment in the United States.

(b) Limitation.—No regulation, rule, or policy described in subsection (a) shall take effect if the regulation, rule, or policy has a negative impact on employment in the United States unless the regulation, rule, or policy is approved by Congress and signed by the President.

FIND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE HERE: http://www.whoismyrepresentative.com/

EPA: East Chicago residents should use water filters

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It’s possible up to 90 percent of homes in East Chicago have lead water lines, so all residents should assume they have them and use a properly certified filter, officials said.

Miguel Del Toral, a scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, repeated that recommendation Friday after first making it Jan. 28 in response to questions from residents at an open house for the USS Lead Superfund site in the city’s Calumet neighborhood.

 

“This is my recommendation for any home in any city with a lead line, regardless of water quality or any other factor,” Del Toral said in a statement.

The EPA tested drinking water at 43 homes in the Superfund site to determine whether excavation work would cause lead to become dislodged from old service lines and enter the water supply.

 

However, before the agency’s contractors started digging last fall, the EPA found 18 of the 43 homes had lead levels above the action level of 15 parts per billion. EPA has said it views the sampling to be representative of the entire water system, and no further testing is planned because it would show only what is already known.

 

Lead poses a health risk, especially for young children and pregnant women. Even at low levels, lead can cause irreversible behavior and learning problems, lower IQ and hyperactivity.

 

Since July, testing has confirmed 18 of the 396 children younger than 7 tested in East Chicago have elevated blood lead levels, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

 

About 29,000 people live in East Chicago. About 4,000 lived in the two census tracts encompassed by the Superfund site in 2010, but more than half of the 1,000 people living at the West Calumet Housing Complex have moved out since the city issued a relocation order last summer.

 

Residents in the Superfund site also risk exposure to lead in their soil — which is unrelated to lead in water — and anyone living in a home built before 1978 may be exposed to lead in paint.

 

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The EPA has said there are two reasons it found elevated lead levels in water: “the presence of lead in plumbing materials, and insufficient orthophosphate levels in the drinking water system.” Water systems often add orthophosphate to prevent lead and copper from leaching into water from pipes and fixtures.

 

East Chicago changed the chemical it was using for corrosion control in September under guidance from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, which had been approached by EPA, East Chicago Utilities Director Greg Crowley said. IDEM and the city have been working since October to increase phosphate levels in the system, officials said.

The EPA and city officials have often characterized the problem posed by lead pipes as a legacy issue, the result of choices made up to 100 years ago.

 Mark Templeton, an attorney at Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, said residents should be asking the officials they pay for water service what they’re doing today.

“The laws are on the books to protect people’s health today, and if there are legacy issues, then those legacy issues need to be dealt with now to protect public health and the environment,” said Templeton, one of several attorneys working pro bono on behalf of residents. “There are also choices people are making today regarding corrosion control for the entire system.”

 

Goal is to replace lead lines 

Crowley said he initially included a plan to replace lead service lines on private property in a petition to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, because he had concerns about lead levels he was seeing at some homes. While none of the results were above 15 ppb, no level of lead is safe, he said.

 

“That really was a motivation for why we looked at that as far as the rate increase, even before all these issues,” he said.

 

The city scrapped the plan at the urging of the regulatory commission, and instead plans to secure $3.1 million to replace lead lines from the State Revolving Fund, records show.

However, East Chicago lacks records showing where lead lines are located, Crowley said. The number throughout the city could range from 50 to 90 percent.

 

“There’s nothing that’s formally documented,” he said. “There’s just a lot of speculation.”

 

The sequential testing the EPA did goes beyond what’s required under the federal Lead and Copper Rule, but the city is looking if that method can be replicated at a lower cost to help determine where lines need to be replaced, he said. EPA indicated sequential testing costs up to $5,000 per home, Crowley said.

 

Residents submitted a letter criticizing the removal of financing for lead-line replacement from the city’s rate increase case, citing “severe lead contamination” found in water by the EPA. They want the commission to reject a settlement allowing a 55 percent increase in rates or, at the least, provide more time for public comment. The commission has not yet issued a decision.

 

Samuel Henderson, an attorney with the Hoosier Environmental Council, drafted the letter on behalf of residents.

 

“It’s important to stay aware and stay involved, and keep pushing the city to fix the problem,” he said.

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/epa-east-chicago-residents-should-use-water-filters/article_9e06a949-937f-5610-8c6b-a1316ff9a73d.html

No money to buy Lake Okeechobee land in Gov. Rick Scott’s budget

, isadora.rangel@tcpalm.com Published 5:42 p.m. ET Jan. 31, 2017 

Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed state budget doesn’t include money to build a reservoir to curb Lake Okeechobee discharges, and instead focuses on eliminat
ing septic tanks to address toxic algae blooms that plague both coasts.

Scott’s priorities, unveiled Tuesday, don’t include buying 60,000 acres for the reservoir to store excess lake water that currently gets discharged east and west — a priority of Republican Senate President Joe Negron of Stuart.

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Waves of algae in the St Lucie River, NE Alice St. 6.24.2016 (photo:  Eric Hasert /TCN)

Negron and supporters of the land purchase said they aren’t sweating it. Governors propose budgets and have veto power over them. But the Legislature writes and passes them, dropping or adding new items. So it will be up to lawmakers to square it off.

Negron pointed out Scott signed a law last year that gives priority to Everglades restoration projects that reduce discharges and declared a state of emergency because of last summer’s algae blooms.

“I don’t expect the governor to put the priorities of
the House and Senate in his initial budget,” Negron said. “I have the burden of proof to convince him and to convince my colleagues.”

Scott’s office said he’s focusing on $215 million to complete storage projects already on the books, according to a Q&A budget proposal sheet. Those planned and in-progress projects include the ongoing construction of the C-44 Canal reservoir to clean and store runoff that flows into the St. Lucie River.

Audubon Florida Executive Director Eric Draper noted the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers still fared well in Scott’s proposal, mainly $40 million toward a 50/50 matching grant for local communities affected by algae blooms to connect to sewer lines.

Septic tanks, whether leaky or fully functioning, have been found to be a major cause of pollution in the St. Lucie River, according to a Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute study Martin County commissioned last year. That’s because Florida’s underground water is very close to the surface where the tanks are located. Advocates of the land buy say waste from septic tanks should be addressed, but they point out last summer’s algae blooms started in Lake Okeechobee and flowed into the St. Lucie River with discharges.

Scott also proposed these solutions to algae blooms:

• Removing muck from the Indian River Lagoon and Caloosahatchee River;

• Finishing existing Everglades restoration projects with $250 million allocated for various projects;

• Buying land needed for reservoirs for the C-23 and C-24 canals, which flow into the North Fork of the St. Lucie River.

OBSTACLES

Scott hasn’t publicly opposed or supported Negron’s push to buy land south of Lake Okeechobee, but his appointees at the South Florida Water Management District have said the state already owns enough land.

Scott’s proposed budget is another obstacle to a bill Negron is pushing that mandates the district to look for willing sellers and the Legislature to borrow half of the $2.4 billion cost of the reservoir. The federal government would foot the other half.

The House isn’t “ready” to borrow money when Florida is losing revenue and dealing with soaring Medicaid and education costs, GOP Speaker Richard Corcoran said hours after the bill was filed Thursday.

Another point of contention in previous legislative sessions has been how much land the state should buy for preservation under the Florida Forever program. Scott proposed $25.5 million for the program this year, with just less than half of it going into land for parks. He didn’t recommend any money to pay agricultural landowners not to develop their land, a program that received $35 million last year.

Draper said he wishes Scott had asked for more for land purchases. The Legislature has been reluctant to buy more land because it costs money to manage it.

“There’s a lot of good things in the budget,” Draper said, “but land acquisition is where we wish (Scott) had done a little bit more.”

Titusville break leaks 14,000 gallons of sewage into Indian River Lagoon

screen-shot-2017-01-30-at-8-16-53-amDEP assesses sewage spills on a case-by-case basis when determining whether to fine a utility or require other actions. The state agency considers how serious the violation was; was it a first-time violator or a chronic offender; was the sewage release inadvertent or beyond the utility’s “reasonable control,” Ashley Gardner, DEP spokeswoman, said via email. DEP also considers whether “any damage to the environment be undone or remediated quickly,” Gardner said.

“In this case, it was determined that the spill was caused by a split in the line that was out of the facility’s control, and they repaired it in a timely manner with minimal impact to the environment,” Gardner said. “The department is waiting on a few final pieces of information in order to complete its review of the incident and ensure that no further corrective actions will be needed.”

Contact Waymer at 321-242-3663 or jwaymer@floridatoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @JWayEnviro

Calusa Waterkeeper Celebration

What: A Party!
When: 6PM to 10PM on Thursday, February 16thcalusa_logo_bluescale_2

Where: Yucatan Beach Stand, 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach

Why: To celebrate passing of the torch from Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association, Inc. (Riverwatch) to our new incarnation as CALUSA WATERKEEPER

Dear Members & Friends,

If you aren’t already aware CRCA became a full-fledged member of the WATERKEEPER Alliance on December 19th, 2016. We wanted to wait until the holiday season was over before having our public debut. Now it’s time!

Libation: Bury Me Brewery Craft Beer on Tap (All proceeds to benefit Calusa Waterkeeper)

So, grab your significant other, friends, and neighbors on Feb 16th and come down to celebrate our transformation. After you’ve had a beer or 2, plan on having dinner as well. The Yucatan has a great menu. I personally go for the spicy conch chowder and the clam chowder. If you’re looking for something a little different get a bowel of the 2 chowders mixed – I love it!

Put the date in your calendars now! Remember all proceeds from the craft beer sales goes to Calusa Waterkeeper! By supporting Calusa Waterkeeper you are helping all of us in our fight for clean water, because we all deserve clean water that is swimmable – fishable – drinkable.

Help us get the word out via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc.

Thank you.

Jack Green, Executive Director

P.O. Box 1165, Ft. Myers FL 33902 www.CalusaWaterkeeper.org  239-444-8584

One year later: Are Sebring’s water issues solved?

Gary Helmick’s family used their tap water for months before they were told about lead contamination in the village

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SEBRING, Ohio (WKBN) – It has been one year since Sebring residents learned –– after five months of positive tests — that the lead levels in the drinking water were dangerously high.

Gary Helmick’s family used their tap water for cooking, drinking and washing for months before they were told about lead contamination in the village. As a result, theirtwo-year-old son tested with higher levels of lead just after the village notified water customers about the contaminated water.

Doctors have been watching the boy for signs of trouble.

“Everything seems fine. He’s acting like a normal 2 year old. He’s almost 3. He’s just acting fine,” Gary Helmick said.

Helmick said he has learned to keep pressing authorities when he has questions about his drinking water.

“Call the city. Ask questions. If you don’t get answers from them, call the EPA,” he said.

Sebring’s former water superintendent, Jim Bates, was accused of hiding the lead tests from the community. He is currently facing charges related to violating drinking water regulations and is due back in court on February 9.

Sen. Joe Schiavoni said it’s important that this incident doesn’t happen again.

“A mother who was mixing her formula using tap water for 30 days, when the state and village knew about it, and she’s mixing formula because she doesn’t know about it. That cannot happen,” he said.

EPA’s timeline of the Sebring investigation

Under the old timeline, if rules were followed, villages could go months without telling the public about lead tests.

That’s no longer the case.

“I think lessons learned, for not only Sebring, but statewide and for state officials. The notification is compressed. There is almost instant notification,” said Sebring Village Manager Rich Giroux.

 

Schiavoni lobbied hard to make regulations tougher and to get information out sooner.

“Some of those provisions in the bill I proposed actually got put into Governor Kasich’s budget last year. Great, but not enough. We need to do more,” Schiavoni said.

Ohio’s new law requires a two-day notification after high lead levels are found in the water. The old law was that water plants had 30 days to notify all affected residents.

Communities are also required to conduct a public education campaign within 30 days of finding lead in the water supply, instead of 60 days.

Giroux said after millions of dollars in upgrades, Sebring’s problems have been managed. In October, only one person was notified of high levels — down from dozens of tests that were a cause for concern last year.

“We’re slowly getting back to normal,” he said.

Sen. Sherrod Brown said progress is being made to improve the system, but it’s not happening fast enough.

“We need the federal government to partner with local communities to invest in water and sewer pipes that are clean and not contaminated. We didn’t have that in Sebring, this is what needed to be fixed.”

Giroux said he is going to ask the EPA to back away from the monthly testing that is now being done in the village, since there have been such improvements. He said it will save Sebring tens of thousands of dollars.

COVERAGE ON THE SEBRING WATER CRISIS

Sebring isn’t the only area with contamination problems.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency noted violations in several communities in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. Listed below are local communities and entities that have tested above the action level (0.015 mg/L) for lead, according to the EPA:

  • Concord Care of Hartford 
    1/1/2008: 0.591 mg/L
    7/1/2011: 0.138 mg/L
    7/1/2012: 0.048 mg/L
  • Concord Care Center of Cortland
    1/1/2009: 0.035 mg/L
  • Ellsworth Elementary School
    7/1/2009: 1.447 mg/L
  • Glen at State Line Mobile Home Park 1
    1/1/2011: 0.0192 mg/L
  • Glen at State Line Mobile Home Park 2
    1/1/2005: 0.265 mg/L
    1/1/2001: 0.0157 mg/L
  • Guilford Highlands Mobile Home Park
    1/1/2010: 0.0220 mg/L
  • Jackson/Milton Metro Water District
    1/1/2008: 0.0710 mg/L
  • Pleasant Valley Church
    1/1/2006: 0.0170 mg/L
    1/1/2012: 0.0205 mg/L
  • Premier Park Estates/Town & Country Estates, Columbiana County
    1/1/2013: 0.017 mg/L
  • Sebring Village
    1/1/2013: 0.021 mg/L
  • South Range Local Schools K-12
    1/1/2012: 0.0174 mg/L
  • The Wellsville Foundry
    1/1/2010: 3.76 mg/L
  • Braceville Township Water District
    1/1/2012: 0.029 mg/L
  • Warren City
    1/1/2008: 0.0210 mg/L
  • Western Reserve Schools K-12
    1/1/2010: 0.0199mg/L

http://wkbn.com/2017/01/24/one-year-later-are-sebrings-water-issues-solved/

 

Experts caution Flint residents that ‘whole house water filters’ have a downside

In Flint, experts are warning that one potential solution to the city’s lead-tainted tap water has some serious potential downsides.

Whole house filters cleanse water of impurities and chemicals. Groups have been promoting their use in Flint to screen out lead. A company gave a presentation to the city council just a few days ago.

But experts say the filters have a downside.

Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha helped raised the alarm about lead in Flint’s tap water. She says ‘whole-house’ filters don’t screen out lead that leaches from pipes and filters inside the home.

“You want a point of use filter. So the water flows through your entire distribution system … where your house can have lead in different parts of the plumbing fixtures…and finally gets cleared at that point,” says Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha.

She points out the state is giving filters away for free, while the whole house filters cost hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Another concern involves bacteria.

Whole house water filters screen out chlorine. Many Flint residents complain of high levels of chlorine which affects the taste of the filtered water and make bathing feel more like showering in water from a swimming pool.

But the presence of disinfectants like chlorine helps kill bacteria.  Not just in city pipes, but also in private homes.

Experts warn filtering out chlorine as it enters a home creates the possibility that harmful bacteria, like Legionella which causes Legionnaires Disease, could be an unwelcome side effect of whole house filters.

Virginia Tech’s Marc Edwards was another expert who helped sound the alarm about lead in Flint’s drinking water.

He understands why some Flint residents, tired of using bottled water for everything from drinking to bathing, might see whole house filters as a solution.

“No one is advising you to stop,” says Edwards, “But we want to be informed that there is a potential downside … there’s limits to the protection [a whole house filter] offers.”

It’s expected to take several more years before Flint’s tap water will be safe to drink unfiltered.

For more information:  http://michiganradio.org/post/experts-caution-flint-residents-whole-house-water-filters-have-downside

Testing drinking water for toxic chemical C8 urged farther down Ohio River

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There is no measurable amount of C8 flowing from taps in the six Ohio River water districts that settled a lawsuit with DuPont over the toxic chemical that the company used to make Teflon.

Along 75 miles of the Ohio River – from Parkersburg, West Virginia, to Pomeroy, Ohio – water from wells contaminated with C8, or perfluorooctanoic acid, is being filtered through granulated activated carbon before reaching taps in homes and businesses.

That’s good. The chemical has been tied to a number of cancers and health disorders.

But what about the homes and businesses downriver from DuPont’s Washington Works plant south of Parkersburg? For more than 50 years, the plant spewed tons of the chemical directly into the river or into the air through its smokestacks.

Some water-district managers along those 230 river miles say they will wait to see what regulations are added, or cut, by the Trump administration. Other managers say they don’t think their water is contaminated, or they have more important things to worry about.

But Dr. Paul Brooks said of those districts, “We believe they are in danger of C8 contamination.”

Brooks is a retired general practitioner who helped start a community health study to measure the level of C8 in the blood of Ohio and West Virginia residents living near the company’s Washington Works plant. The study found that, in general, area residents had a median level of 38 parts per billion of C8 in their blood – 7.6 times more than the average American.

The $70 million study, financed by a DuPont settlement in 2005, was the foundation of a science panel’s investigation that concluded a “probable link” existed between C8 and six diseases: kidney cancer, testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, pregnancy-induced hypertension and high cholesterol.

Brooks said of areas farther downriver: “We were strongly recommending that these local water districts test for contamination in their drinking water, not just based on its bio-persistence, but the logic that it would flow down.”

To read more about this story:  http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170122/testing-drinking-water-for-toxic-chemical-c8-urged-farther-down-ohio-river

FPL Wins Battle to Store Radioactive Waste Under Miami’s Drinking Water Aquifer

South Florida sits atop two gigantic underground stores of water: the Biscayne and Floridan Aquifers. Miamians get most of their drinking water from the upper Biscayne Aquifer, while the government has used the lower portion of the Floridian to dump waste and untreated sewage — despite the fact that multiple studies have warned that waste could one day seep into the drinking water.

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So environmentalists are concerned that Florida Power & Light now wants to dump full-on radioactive waste into the that lower water table, called the Boulder Zone. A small group of activists called Citizens Allied for Safe Energy (CASE) tried to stop FPL’s plan, but their legal petition was shot down this past Friday.

According to NRC documents, CASE’s petition was dismissed for being filed “inexcusably late” in FPL’s application process.

“This was thrown out on procedural grounds,” says CASE’s president, Barry J. White. “The science is still there.”

CASE had filed a petition with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, but the NRC on Friday threw out CASE’s complaint, saying the environmental group had filed too late in FPL’s approval process.

The fight stems from the energy company’s plan to build two nuclear reactors at the controversial Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station south of Miami by roughly 2030. The towers might not be operational for a decade or two, but that doesn’t mean the public should stop paying attention to them. FPL is submitting numerous proposals about the project to the government.

As part of that package, FPL told the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it plans to store contaminated water used to clean the reactors, as well as radioactive waste (“radwaste”) in the Boulder Zone. In October, the NRC issued a report, stating FPL’s plan would pose “no environmental impacts” to the South Florida environment.

Roughly a month later, on November 28, CASE filed a legal petition demanding that the NRC hold a hearing on FPL’s radioactive waste plan. CASE alleges the government failed to address a host of concerns about the power company’s plan.

“Everything will be put into a supposedly ‘hermetically sealed’ Boulder Zone,” White told New Times in December. “But anybody who lives in South Florida knows nothing below us is hermetically sealed.” Environmentalists say the plan could leak carcinogens such as cesium, strontium 90, and tritium right into the drinking-water aquifers.

An FPL spokesperson Friday provided the following statement to New Times:

After an exhaustive and comprehensive review of the proposed Turkey Point Units 6 & 7 project, including the plans to safely use reclaimed water for cooling, the independent Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s staff concluded ‘…there are no environmental impacts to preclude issuing Combined Licenses to build and operate two reactors next to the existing Turkey Point nuclear power plant.”

But CASE’s November complaint cited both government data and FPL’s own engineers, who admitted in separate hearings that waste could leak upward from the Boulder Zone into the Biscayne Aquifer.

For one, the United States Ground Water Atlas, a government document, warns the Boulder Zone “is thought to be connected to the Atlantic Ocean, possibly about 25 miles east of Miami, where the sea floor is almost 2,800 feet deep along the Straits of Florida.” CASE’s petition says the NRC failed to address this issue.

Likewise, “an upward hydraulic gradient from the Floridan [Aquifer] to the Biscayne [Aquifer],” an FPL engineer testified in January 2016. “The Floridan is under pressure. Therefore, you have flow from the Floridan into the Biscayne and not vice versa.”

Since filing that complaint, CASE also uncovered yet another government study, which confirms the Boulder Zone can leak into “underground sources of drinking water” in South Florida.

The 2015 study, from the United States Geological Survey, says that numerous tectonic faults and other fissures exist under Biscayne Bay and the “Miami Terrace,” the seafloor immediately east of the Miami shoreline.

The report states flatly:

Recent studies by the U.S. Geological Survey of seismic-reflection profiles acquired in onshore canals and offshore in Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic continental shelf have indicated the presence of tectonic faults (one strike-slip fault and multiple reverse faults) and karst collapse structures, and these studies substantiate the utility of this approach for locating feasible vertical-fluid flow pathways. The strike-slip fault and karst collapse structures span confining units of the Floridan aquifer system and could provide high permeability passageways for groundwater movement. If present at or near wastewater injection utilities, these features represent a plausible physical system for the upward migration of effluent injected into the Boulder Zone to overlying U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated underground sources of drinking water in the upper part of the Floridan aquifer system.

“The evidence is so strong that it’s doubtful the zone is ‘hermetically sealed,'” White says.

FPL contends that any radioactive-waste discharges will be carefully monitored to ensure they won’t leak. But the company’s credibility with the public is not in good shape. Early last year, Miami-Dade County officials said cooling canals from Turkey Point were already leaking waste into Biscayne Bay — the ordeal, and FPL’s alleged refusal to take proper responsibility for the damage, led to a lawsuit.

Now, White says, he and CASE plan to lobby state lawmakers to try to outlaw injections into the Boulder Zone through state law. To put things mildly, CASE is fighting an uphill battle: FPL is one of the largest campaign donors in Florida politics.

For the NRC’s full rejection letter go here:  http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/fpl-wins-battle-to-store-radioactive-waste-under-miamis-drinking-water-aquifer-9059210

Sabal Trail Pipeline Construction Blockaded on MLK Day

[UPDATE: There were 8 arrests today, two were charged with felonies and will see a judge in Suwannee County at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning. Supporters are invited to attend the hearing at the courthouse, located at 200 S Ohio Ave, Live Oak, FL 32064.]

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…They say that violations of state and federal laws occurring during the pipeline’s construction warrant the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) revocation of the permit granted to Sabal Trail. This can be done at any time the DEP or the Governor’s cabinet decides to act on its obligation to protect the public from harm occurring by the pipeline’s construction and operation.

“This pipeline is a threat to all of our drinking water. Lives are at stake,” says Makeda Meeks an activist from Live Oak, Florida.

In particular, this pipeline threatens “environmental justice” (EJ) communities along its route, from Alabama across Florida, where 83% of the population impacted are reported to be low-income and/or communities of color. The environmental review process failed to assess these impacts…

To learn more:  http://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2017/01/16/breaking-news-sabal-trail-pipeline-construction-blockaded-on-mlk-day/