EPA updates rule for pathogens in drinking water, sets limit for E. Coli

December 21, 2012 | Department Of Agriculture, Grants, Investment, Loans, Rural Development, USDA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated the rule for pathogens in drinking water, including setting a limit for the bacteria E. coli to better protect public health.The Revised Total Coliform Rule ensures that all of the approximately 155,000…

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EPA releases National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change

December 21, 2012 | Department Of Agriculture, Department Of Health And Human Services, Department Of The Interior, Drinking Water, EPA, Pharmaceuticals

EPA has released the "National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change," which describes how EPA's water-related programs plan to address the impacts of climate change and provides long-term visions, goals and strategic actions for the management of sustainable…

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EPA enforcement in 2012 protects communities from harmful pollution

December 18, 2012 | Drinking, E. Coli, EPA, Pathogens, Regulations, Revised Total Coliform Rule, Water

WASHINGTON (EPA) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released Dec. 17 its annual enforcement results, showing significant environmental and public health protections achieved – a reduction of 2.2 billion pounds of air, water and land pollution, as well as…

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Colorado River Basin study projects major imbalances in water supply and demand

December 17, 2012 | General RCAP News

Comprehensive study developed by Interior and seven basin states looks at water supply and demand over the next 50 years; includes range of proposed strategies from stakeholders to mitigate projected imbalancesWASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced…

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Bloomberg: Tougher fracking regulations backed by 66%, poll shows

December 17, 2012 | General RCAP News

"Support for regulation of hydraulic fracturing has increased in the past three months, a sign that the gas-drilling practice is facing greater public scrutiny."A Bloomberg National Poll found that 66 percent of Americans want more government oversight of the process,…

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ProPublica: Poisoning the well: How the Feds let industry pollute the nation’s underground water supply

December 12, 2012 | General RCAP News

by Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica, Dec. 11, 2012Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic material into underground reservoirs that help supply more than half of the…

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Poverty and housing needs persist in rural America as population changes

December 12, 2012 | General RCAP News

WASHINGTON (HAC) – For decades before the current recession, rural Americans struggled with poverty and housing problems. In fact, a new Housing Assistance Council study reports, rural America encompasses 86 percent of the U.S. counties where poverty rates have remained…

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How the fiscal cliff would affect rural areas

December 10, 2012 | 2012, Annual Report, Communities, Enforcement, EPA, Pollution, Protection, Regulations

If you're afraid to ask the stupid question of what the fiscal cliff is and are wondering how it might affect you as a resident of a rural area, the Daily Yonder blog has provided an excellent explanation in simple…

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Huffington Post Green Blog editorial: Fiscal cliff spending cuts threaten rivers and clean water

December 5, 2012 | General RCAP News

In an editorial on the Huffington Post's Green Blog, Wm. Robert Irvin, President, American Rivers, presents the case that the fiscal cliff spending cuts threaten rivers and clean water. HIs editorial begins:"Unless President Obama and Congress reach a deal before…

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ABC News: Pesticides in tap water linked to food allergies

December 5, 2012 | Bureau Of Reclamation, Colorado River, Demand, Department Of The Interior, Imbalance, Salazar, Study, Supply, Water

A Dec. 3 article on ABC News reports on a study that makes an interesting link between tap water and food allergies. The article begins:"As food allergies become increasingly common, a new study offers the first proof that they may…

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