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Texas Water Utility Attacks Arsenic Levels

Safe Drinking Water Act requirements that suppliers maintain running arsenic averages of 10 parts per billion or less apply to 5,523 Texas water systems, most of them rural. Development caused by a recent oil boom is draining supplies in and around the City of Kenedy, where residents have complained about tapwater taste for years. More

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EPA: Excess Nutrients Found in Less Than Half of U.S. Lakes

According to the agency's National Lakes Assessment, four of every 10 lakes suffers from too much nitrogen and phosphorus. The algal toxin microcystin is found in 39% of lakes (but below levels of concern). Low concentrations of the herbicide atrazine were found in 30%. More

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Water Utility on the Hook for $151 Million in Chemical Spill

Our June 2015 issue featured an article on restoring public confidence after a drinking water crisis. An American Water subsidiary recently settled a class action lawsuit brought by at least 224,000 residents and 7,300 business owners after a nationally publicized incident in 2014. More

BUSTED! Company Caught Dumping Sewage into Manholes
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BUSTED! Company Caught Dumping Sewage into Manholes

A New York contractor was permitted to take waste from clogged sewer lines to the... More

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Injunction Puts White Collar Compensation in Limbo

A preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge kept the Labor Department's new rules for how salaried employees are paid for overtime from going into effect as scheduled on Dec. 1. Even so, employers shouldn't suspend any strategies they've devised and/or implemented to comply. Here's why. More

How Safe are our Crumbling Bridges and Vulnerable Buildings?
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How Safe are our Crumbling Bridges and Vulnerable Buildings?

Seismic dampers protect structures during earthquakes and high winds. More

DOT Contract Gives New Meaning to 'Recycling'
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DOT Contract Gives New Meaning to 'Recycling'

Maybe we don't have our ears close enough to the ground, but we've never heard of... More

How the Army Corps of Engineers Screws with Development Plans
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How the Army Corps of Engineers Screws with Development Plans

Permitting mistakes raise costs and cause delays and new legal uncertainties could... More

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Is Solar Power Unfair?

If solar panel owners get paid for supplementing their neighbors' power needs, they're not defraying power grid costs. Maybe that's why some states have hemmed and hawed over alternative energy proposals. More

Nightmare Bathroom Scenarios
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Nightmare Bathroom Scenarios

Toilet paper dispensers can make or break a disabled person’s experience using... More

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