Novel Approach to Address Effluent Mercury Regulatory Limit

A novel approach to addressing a new effluent mercury regulatory limit will help a northern Minnesota town’s wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) remain in compliance under its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NDPES) permit. The City of Ely hired the team of AE2S and JPJ Engineering in 2017, to develop a wastewater facility plan to address Read More

USEPA Releases Results of Nationwide Monitoring for 30 Chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) released the first set of data collected under the fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 5). The new data is the initial step towards improving USEPA’s understanding of the levels and frequency that 29 PFAS and lithium are found in the nation’s drinking water systems. The initial monitoring represents sampling from Read More

Study Identifies Urgent Need for PFAS Prevention and Affordable Cleanup Options

A recently published report serves as a wake-up call for the need for a comprehensive solution to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) pollution. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) report emphasizes the importance of prevention to safeguard the environment and public health. PFAS enters wastewater through various channels, including industrial processes, the use and disposal Read More

WOTUS Lawsuit Suspended Until Amended Rule Published

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Army Corps of Engineers claimed a small victory in July when a U.S. District Court granted a motion to stay the lawsuit brought by Texas, Idaho, and several industry groups against the USEPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Judge Jeffrey Brown of the Southern District of Read More

Chemical Companies Agree to Nearly $11.5B in PFAS Payments

Four major companies announced agreements related to a class-action lawsuit over the manufacture of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that have been found in drinking water across the country. DuPont, Chemours, and Corteva agreed to pay $1.185 billion dollars to public drinking water systems to test for and remove PFAS from their water supplies. The Read More