Category Archives: Safe Drinking Water Act

FDA Issues Statement about Arsenic in Rice

On September 6, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement after testing over 1,300 rice products for the presence of arsenic. The tests follow research indicating that rice products contained unsafe levels of arsenic. Arsenic is naturally present … Continue reading

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Dead in the Water

Thanks to laws such as the Clean Water Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act, tremendous progress has occurred in the past forty years: the Cuyahoga River no longer catches fire, Boston Harbor is generally free of fecal matter, and municipal water … Continue reading

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The Sky is Falling: Stormwater as a Vector for Environmental Health Hazards

We have known for years that rainwater can carry hazardous substances which affect the health of human and animal life. The classic example is acid rain. Burning coal and other fossil fuels produces sulfur dioxide (SO2), which various nitrogen oxides (NOx) … Continue reading

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Arsenic in Rice

I am one of the fortunate few who grew up eating primarily products produced in my backyard. Growing up on a beef cattle farm in the Midwest, my family consumed almost exclusively products that we produced. There was beef and … Continue reading

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The Effect of Hydraulic Fracturing on Groundwater Quality

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has recently become one of the most talked-about resource recovery methods in the country. Fracking involves fracturing rock formations to stimulate the flow of natural gas or oil to the surface. In order to fracture a rock … Continue reading

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