Organization releases arsenic results

Product certification organization NSF International has released four reports that verify drinking water treatment technologies focused on the reduction of arsenic in potable water. The reports from the EPA/NSF Environmental Technology Verification Drinking Water Systems Center demonstrate a significant reduction of arsenic in drinking water for the systems tested. The tests were performed in small communities in three states in conjunction with Delta Industrial Services and the University of Alaska at Anchorage; Watts Premier and MWH in Thermal, Calif.; Kinetico Inc. and Alcan Chemicals with Gannett Fleming in Carroll Township, Penn.; and ADI International with Gannett Fleming in Sellersville, Penn. For more information, visit www.nsf.org.

EPA launches Spanish Web site

The EPA has launched a new consolidated Spanish Web site as part of its ongoing effort to provide environmental information both in Spanish and English. The site was developed through a series of focus groups to respond to the environmental needs and interests of the community. In addition to environmental health information, the site also offers educational resources for students and teachers who often seek Spanish language learning tools on the environment. The site also provides information about EPA grants, small business opportunities, and environmental jobs at EPA. To view EPA's Spanish site, visit www.epa.gov/espanol.

Expert to spearhead GIS-based software certification

The National Association of GIS-Centric Software (NAGCS) has tapped John Przybyla, project director of Dayton, Ohio-based Woolpert Inc., as NAGCS's primary application evaluator. He will coordinate the review of all software applications for certification, examining applications to ensure they are in compliance with the association's defined standards, and determining whether applicants meet the criteria for certification. Przybyla has had more than 20 years of experience using information technology to solve GIS problems within private and public organizations.

Haverland named Asphalt Institute chairman

The Asphalt Institute has named William H. Haverland, manager of asphalt marketing and sales at Houston-based ConocoPhillips Co., as its 2005 chairman. A longtime institute member, Haverland has served on a number of committees, including membership and personnel advisory.

Plan addresses national water safety

The Department of Homeland Security has released its National Response Plan, which allocates responsibilities throughout divisions of government in the event of a disaster or terror attack, including one that may concern water safety. The plan—to be phased in over a year—replaces a variety of federal, state, and local strategies and incident command systems with a single standardized response plan. The EPA has noted in a statement that hazardous materials in water has been added to the list of responsibilities from the agency in connection with the response plan. The EPA stated that it has a great deal of experience effectively managing responses to emergencies involving the release of oil or hazardous substances in water in order to ensuring protection of human health and the environment.

Pervious concrete brochure available

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association-sponsored Concrete Collateral Working Group—which includes 50 participants from national, regional, and local promotion groups, state associations, ready-mix companies, and cement producers—has completed a brochure on pervious concrete. The brochure (targeted to owners and architects) describes the many “green” and economic advantages of pervious concrete. For more information or to ordering the brochure, visit www.nrmca.org or call 888-846-7622.