Wolf Administration Continues to Address PFAS Contamination, Announces First Round of Statewide Sampling Results

first_img December 05, 2019 Wolf Administration Continues to Address PFAS Contamination, Announces First Round of Statewide Sampling Results Environment,  Press Release,  Public Health As a result of Governor Tom Wolf’s executive order to address Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in drinking water, the Wolf Administration today provided an update on the actions taken on this emerging environmental issue and released the results of the first round of drinking water samples. The results do not indicate widespread PFAS contamination.“Pennsylvanians have a right to know that their drinking water is safe. As we and other states examine the presence of PFAS in our environment, my administration is committed to addressing the growing concern about whether these compounds are in our public water systems,” said Gov. Wolf. “Tackling PFAS requires ongoing efforts by multiple agencies and I vow to provide the resources needed and protect the public, despite inaction from the federal government. I will continue to make it a top priority, and I urge the White House and Congress to do the same.”In September 2018, the governor signed an Executive Order establishing the PFAS Action Team, moving Pennsylvania to the forefront of states taking proactive steps to address PFAS and other contaminants.Led by the Action Team, the administration has taken steps to identify and address contamination and establish a cleanup plan that will result in every Pennsylvanian having water free from PFAS contamination including:Beginning the process of setting a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for PFAS after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not commit to doing so in February 2019. This will mark the first time that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has set an MCL rather than adopting standards set by the federal government, as it has with all other regulated drinking water contaminants.Hiring toxicologists to move forward with setting a state limit for PFAS in drinking water.Taking steps to address remediation of the chemicals by working to change groundwater and soil remediation standards for three PFAS compounds.Taking steps to assist communities and private well owners if PFAS contamination above the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Health Advisory Level (HAL) 70 parts per trillion (ppt).Developing uniform, science-based operating procedures to guide the identification and assessment of commercial and industrial properties that have contaminated private and/or public drinking water sources.Approving more than $20 million in grants to address PFAS groundwater contamination.Testing all water supplies to Pennsylvania Army National Guard facilities and state-owned homes for veterans for PFAS. While all sample results returned with non-detectable levels of PFAS, the water wells will continue to be monitored.Taking steps at the Horsham Air Guard Station to ensure adequate treatment of affected public drinking water supplies to the nearby Horsham Township in Montgomery County and Warminster and Warrington townships in Bucks County.The statewide sampling plan began in June and is expected to take a year to complete. DEP collected the samples and an accredited laboratory is conducting testing for six PFAS chemicals: PFOS, PFOA, Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), Perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS), Perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA), and Perfluorobutane sulfonate (PFBS).DEP has identified 493 public water system sources as potential sampling sites because they meet the criterion of being located within a half mile of a potential source of PFAS contamination, such as military bases, fire training sites, landfills, and manufacturing facilities. Of those, DEP will test approximately 360 sources. DEP will also test around 40 sources that are not located within a half mile of a potential source of PFAS contamination to establish a baseline.“Because PFAS are so pervasive in our environment and the public health impact is still emerging, we must examine the incidence and prevalence of these chemical compounds in Pennsylvania and take the unprecedented step of setting a MCL — a first for our state,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “The statewide sampling plan of the state’s public water systems is a critical step toward achieving that goal.”In the first round of sampling conducted by DEP, just one of 96 sampled sites tested above the federal EPA HAL of 70 ppt for the combined concentrations of two PFAS chemicals, Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The site, State of the Art Inc. in Benner Township, Centre County, had a combined sample result for PFOS and PFOA of 114 ppt. The private business is regulated by DEP as a non-transient non-community public water system, meaning that the water supply is not regularly served to the public, but is available to workers at the facility. The facility and DEP are working cooperatively to address the issue while a formal agreement on corrective actions is in discussion. State of the Art Inc. has been providing bottled water to employees since some time prior to the findings, for reasons unrelated to PFAS.PFAS was not detected in two-thirds of the sites sampled and the results of the other third were well below the EPA’s HAL.These and further actions and recommendations can be found in a new report released by the administration’s PFAS Action Team.View a copy of the PFAS Action Team Initial Report.View the first-round results of DEP’s statewide sampling plan.View information on PFAS in Pennsylvania.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

CGG Delivers Dunquin PSTM Data in Ireland

first_imgCGG has completed the Pre-Stack Time Migration (PSTM) of its 2,500 sqkm Dunquin multi-client survey acquired in Block 44 of the Porcupine Basin, west of Ireland. Dunquin is the latest in a series of multi-client surveys that CGG has recently been acquiring in the area, totaling 10,500 sq km of 3D and around 2,000 km of long-offset 2D broadband data.PSDM products for its 2016 Galway and Cairenn surveys were delivered last year.Similar to CGG’s Galway and Caireen surveys, the Dunquin data will be processed through advanced velocity modeling and depth imaging, following industry funding. Initial FWI results have revealed important details of the carbonate reservoir that forms the Dunquin structure.Luc Schlumberger, EVP, Multi-Client & New Ventures, CGG, said: “Our new Dunquin data set adds to our high-quality coverage west of Ireland, shedding new light on the characteristics of known and undrilled structures. It will enhance industry understanding of potential areas of interest in this still unexplored region.”last_img read more

Third geothermal test wells proves to be promising

first_img Share Tweet Test wells in Wotten WavenOfficials of the Geothermal Energy Project in the Roseau Valley have recorded positive developments in the ongoing exploratory phase of the project.On Wednesday the third well located in Wotten Waven was officially tested.Will Osborne of the geothermal resource group told GIS news that this morning’s exercise proved rewarding for engineers.“This is a WW1, excellent result; it looks very strong so far… The potential I would guess is about a couple of megawatts at least but it’s only partially open. This is just a small diameter test well so for a smaller well, this is a very good result.”Alexis George of the Geothermal Energy Project spoke with GIS news on Wednesday morning about the exercise and what it could mean for Dominica’s energy production pursuits.“The well looks very good so far, we still have to determine how much energy it has but so far it’s very good… This was a good decision that they actually took to go ahead with the exploration. It’s been a number of years that we’ve been speaking about geothermal energy. Finally we got the chance to do the testing and prove the resource so now it’s nothing but a positive outlook for the geothermal energy project in Dominica.”George explained what’s next for the island’s geothermal energy project.“Next we will be compiling all the results from the three wells. [We will] then find out the size of the reservoir, the quality to see how much mega watts we can generate from the reservoir and then we’ll be looking at a small power plant possibly…”Government Information Service Sharing is caring! LocalNews Third geothermal test wells proves to be promising by: – July 2, 2012center_img 30 Views   2 comments Share Sharelast_img read more

La Liga: Atletico confirm COVID-19 testing date ahead of return

first_img Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieCrazy Expensive Things That Taylor Swift Owns5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better The Spanish government has confirmed a relaxation of certain coronavirus lock down measures in recent days, with the Phase 0 of the return to normality beginning from May 4.Advertisement All La Liga clubs will receive a health authority inspection of their training facilities this week, with the majority then testing players. According to reports from Diario AS, Los Rojiblancos are expected to receive their results within 48 hours from testing via the CSD. The club could then return to individual training from May 8, but they are likely to allow players and staff to take the weekend off, and restart on May 11. Read Also: Neymar open to 50% wage cut to quit PSG for BarcelonaThis will form part of returning schedule for La Liga clubs, with small group and full training following in the coming weeks.La Liga remains suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, with potential resumption dates pencilled in for May and early June.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… Atletico Madrid’s staff and players will undergo testing for coronavirus on May 6, ahead of a potential return to training. The club will test all members of their first team squad, before giving the green light for training to begin from May 8.last_img read more

Wendt earns LVMS Duel Best Appearing Car honors

first_imgBy Ryan ClarkWILLISTON, N.D. – Although he didn’t experience much success on the track, Darin Wendt left the Duel In The Desert with some extra green in his pocket.The third-year IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified driver from Williston, N.D., won Best Appearing Car honors in the Las Vegas-themed contest at the dirt track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, taking home the $500 top prize in the process. In addition to the cash courtesy of XSAN, Wendt walked away with a trophy and new RACEceiver. Wells Design of Ogallala, Neb., also paid for his 2014 Modified membership license.Wendt spent just 22 nights behind the wheel of his race car this season prior to his trip to Las Vegas. His work as an oil field consultant limits his time on the track. “I just race when I can,” explained Wendt. “I normally work two weeks on and two weeks off.” Despite a busy work schedule, Wendt found time to make a number of trips to Williston Basin Speed­way where he earned his lone feature win this season. “The year started out pretty good,” Wendt recalled of his May 11 victory at Williston. “After that, we were up in points, so we started in the back and got wrecked quite a few times.” Wendt salvaged his season with another pair of top fives and two more top 10s.“It turned out to be alright,” he said of his season, “but it took a while to get back there. I had some pretty tough luck.”In addition to Williston, Wendt competed periodically at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan, Nodak Speed­way in Minot and Estevan, Sask., Motor Speedway. One of the bright spots in Wendt’s season was racing with his father Dick, who piloted a Karl Chevro­let Northern SportMod. “He raced 20 shows with me this year. It was pretty fun,” said Wendt on racing with his father. “I got dad into the SportMod this year in one of my old cars.” The father and son hadn’t raced together since they competed in a local two-man road hog division many years ago.Along with his father, Wendt’s crew consisted of Kristin Wendt and his children Decker and Denli. Wendt’s sponsors included Heller Casing, All In Oil Field Services, Dynamic Well Services and DKDD Consulting, all of Williston; Hurley Services of Fairview, Mont.; Arrowhead Hot Shot of Dickin­son; and Wilkerson Consulting of Wellington, Colo.Finishing second in this year’s Best Appearing Car voting, which was conducted through XSAN’s Face­book page, was Travis Hagen, also of Williston. He pocketed $300 courtesy of XSAN. Bob Moore of Sioux City, Iowa, earned $200 from XSAN for finishing third in the voting. This was the third year the contest featured Las Vegas-themed Modifieds. Jeremy Mills of Garner, Iowa won in 2011 and Mike Petersilie of Hoisington, Kan. was last year’s winner.last_img read more

Pharmacy school hosts health fair

first_imgThe USC School of Pharmacy helped host a health fair Saturday in Alhambra to provide medical services to the community free of charge.The school, along with the Rotary Club of Alhambra and the Alhambra Hospital Medical Center, held the fair at the Alhambra First Baptist Chuch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Several USC medical schools joined together to provide the resources.“There was a lot of coordination that went into this. We set out to make this an interdisciplinary health fair, so we contacted all the various professional schools at USC,” said Co-Director Elect of the PharmSC Clinic Richard Dang, a graduate student studying pharmacy. “We have different schools coming out and coming together for one health fair so as to provide interdisciplinary services for the population.”Pharmacy students, along with students in the physician assistant program at the Keck School of Medicine, gave hypertension screenings to check for high blood pressure, blood sugar tests and foot screenings to check for diabetes, scoliosis screenings, pulse oximetry screenings and free flu shots.Students from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC gave oral cancer screenings and hosted a dental hygiene education booth. Students from the USC Occupational Sciences and Occupational Therapy program helped run other educational booths.The Doheney Eye Institute gave eye exams for children in a mobile vision van, and the Alhambra Hospital Medical Center also screened patients to check for high cholesterol and risk of stroke.Raymond Poon, a 1971 pharmacy graduate and adviser of PharmSC, said a health fair was held last year at the Alhambra YMCA in coordination with the School of Pharmacy but did not have as many different schools involved.“This is the first time the School of Pharmacy is in collaboration with the School of Dentistry and the School of Physical Therapy. It makes our service spectrum a lot wider,” Poon said. “Before we only concentrated on diabetes, cholesterol, but now we can concentrate on physical therapy and other services.”PharmSC Co-Director Elect Raymond Chao, a graduate student studying pharmacy, said that the collaboration reflects the larger goals in healthcare.“As a whole, we’re trying to push the idea that we need a collaborative effort for the healthcare profession because healthcare isn’t just one provider; it’s a bunch of people coming together,” Chao said.The current economic climate also makes having different health services available in one place convenient for the community.“A lot of people are unemployed and probably lost their insurance and probably don’t realize how important preventive health and good health is to the family and to themselves,” Poon said.Dang also said that “the fact that it’s more accessible and free is what helps draw out the community members.”“We’ve always been doing this — as far as outreach in the community,” said Melissa Durham, a lecturer at the School of Pharmacy. “[But] with rising healthcare costs and the number of uninsured reaching record highs, we’ve seen a larger response from the community population who are seeing the value in these clinics.”Durham said that service, in addition to instilling a sense of value, helps students practice communication skills as well as clinical skills.“Our pharmacy students are at the forefront of community outreach out of all of our health professional schools,” she said. “In the fall semester, our students are out doing health fairs every other week in all different areas of Southern California. This is the first time we’ve been at this particular site having this one event because we’re always establishing new events everywhere.”The event also included information booths regarding nutrition, osteoporosis, immunization, cancer, poison prevention, geriatric care, pain management, heartburn awareness and body fat.“Health fairs are great opportunities to reach members of the community that don’t have access to routine healthcare,” Dang said. “It’s been a great experience just to be able to come out to the Alahambra community and help the community members.”last_img read more

Badgers must regroup, improve

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoLisa Stone, head coach of the University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team, has until Friday to regroup her team after what has been an eventful week. After falling to the defending WNIT champion Wyoming in an overtime thriller last Tuesday, the team got back on track, defeating Ole Miss 74-57 in the Holiday Pepperdine Tournament in Los Angeles.Wisconsin easily handled Ole Miss in the tournament opener, a game in which Wisconsin’s size advantage allowed the team to grab a season-high 58 rebounds.”I really liked what our team did and how our team looked,” Stone said in her Monday press conference. “[We] played good defense, shared the basketball, had four players in double figures and did some really good things against a good team.”Looking to build off of the win, Wisconsin (2-2) never got the chance to play in the tournament’s championship game. Though Badger hopes had been high, they were quickly doused by the rapidly approaching Californian wildfires. Regarding chances to reschedule the, Stone left everything in the hands of the Pepperdine staff, supporting the decision to put safety first.”They did try to move the game, but the right thing to do was to cancel the tournament,” Stone said. “They had evacuated the campus. [Safety] is way more important than basketball.”The team will now hit the road once more for the annual Big Ten-ACC challenge that will send the Badgers to Charleston Friday when the Wisconsin will meet up with Virginia (4-3). Weak spots identified early onExpectations were lofty for the experienced Badgers heading into the season, but now with two losses already this season Stone, though impressed with the team’s cohesiveness, is looking for improvement.”[Team chemistry] is at an all-time high, and we’ve spent a lot of time together,” Stone said. “They need to work some things out themselves and not have us walk them through everything, and I think I’m starting to see some of those things.”Free-throw shooting and turnovers have plagued Wisconsin in the early part of the season, but Stone is nonetheless confident the team will be able to shape up in those areas. “We’re going too fast. I think we need to slow down, be a little more patient and more deliberate,” Stone said. “We are in too much of a hurry, something we need to address and hopefully improve on.” Freshmen making impactA deep freshman class has already made its presence felt for Wisconsin. Alyssa Karel has had streaky performances through four games including a two-minute stretch against Wyoming that saw the guard force two turnovers despite missing a shoe.Fellow freshman, forward Lin Zastrow, played a key role over the weekend, posting 11 points and nine rebounds against Ole Miss, setting career-highs.”I thought Lin Zastrow had a tremendous breakout game against Ole Miss,” Stone said. “I like the development of our freshmen.”Difficult as it may be for freshmen to make strides at the Division I collegiate level, the Badger freshmen have been making progress each game. Natural talent has helped Zastrow thus far, establishing herself in the post position.”It’s hard for a post player, getting used to the physicality of Division I basketball,” Stone said. “[Zastrow’s] has that ability to score and rebound, and she did a really, really good job on a very physical post player.”last_img read more

Alumna Jaime Lee elected to Board of Trustees

first_imgPhoto from USC NewsAlumna and Jamison Realty CEO Jaime Lee has been elected to the Board of Trustees, the University announced on May 31. While running her real estate firm in Los Angeles, Lee served as a Provost member of USC Associates and lectured at the Gould School of Law, Price School of Public Policy and Marshall School of Business. “Jaime Lee is an extraordinarily dedicated member of the Trojan Family who has generously given her leadership skills and expertise to so many USC events and initiatives,” USC President C.L. Max Nikias said to USC News. Lee is the immediate past president of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, and was the youngest and first Asian woman to be elected to the position.“When you love an institution so much, to be a significant part of advancing its mission and goals is a tremendous honor,” Lee said in the press release. “All of the alumni who give back do it because we love USC.”eBeyond her involvement at USC, the real estate executive also volunteers with different organizations such as the California Film Commission, Town Hall Los Angeles, the Anderson Munger Family YMCA and the Harvard-Westlake Korean American Alumni Network. Lee was also recently appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti as the president of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners, where she will manage the Port of Los Angeles. Lee graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences in 2006 and completed her law degree from the Gould School of Law in 2009.According to USC News, Lee hopes to continue improving outreach to young alumni and promoting diversity and inclusion as a trustee. “Her enthusiasm and passion for the university, as well as her exceptional talents in the business world and in real estate, will be an invaluable addition to the board,” Nikias said.last_img read more

DPS alerts community of on-campus sexual battery

first_imgCarlisle also said it was rare for a large group of individuals to commit this type of crime. In these incidents, the crime is usually committed by one individual in the area surrounding campus. Carlisle said DPS is required to notify the campus community when incidents like this occur and encourages the USC community to remain aware.  DPS has yet to locate the suspects. “It was a large group, and it is difficult to prevent because we are an open campus,” Carlisle said. “Just be aware of your surroundings. There is hard to do much more than that … We have had a couple of cases in the past where it was someone who was chronically doing it and most of the time we catch them because our officers have video surveillance.”  “It’s a difficult situation because we don’t know who the bicyclists were,” Carlisle said. “You can move quite quickly through our open campus during the day on bicycles. This does happen periodically, but not usually on campus …. It is usually just one individual, but in this case, it was a large group.”  “It’s a rare occurrence,” Carlisle said. “This was a group of juveniles, who appeared to be under 18 years of age on bicycles. And one of them took advantage of someone walking on campus and struck them on the backside, and they all rode away quite quickly.”  “The group of juveniles continued riding southbound on Trousdale until they were out of sight,” the memo read. Carlisle said DPS will remain vigilant groups of non-USC individuals that ride throughout campus. According to the alert, a non-USC female was walking on Trousdale when a group of approximately nine juvenile, non-USC males approached her from behind. As the group rode past the victim, “one of the juveniles slapped her with an open hand on her right buttocks.” The Department of Public Safety notified students, faculty and staff Monday of a sexual battery incident on Trousdale Parkway that took place Saturday morning.  To increase on-campus safety and address bike theft, DPS has redeployed various resources such as additional officers and increased camera surveillance, according to Carlisle.  DPS Assistant Chief David Carlisle said incidents where a victim is approached by a group of suspects usually happen more often in the neighborhood surrounding campus than on campus itself.  “Groups of young males riding on campus in groups is something that might cause us to detain them and ask what their purpose is,” Carlisle said. “While we encourage public access to our academic resources and libraries and theatres … groups of boys riding bikes might justifiably be a little more closely watched.”last_img read more

USC set to pay visit to top recruit

first_imgWith the 2011-2012 season still over a month away, the USC men’s basketball coaching staff is scheduled to visit the Las Vegas home of Shabazz Muhammad, ranked No. 1 overall in the ESPNU 100 for the class of 2012, for the second time in a month, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com.The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Muhammad attends Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas.The left-handed small forward has also expressed an interest in UCLA, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and UNLV, among other top college programs.USC coach Kevin O’Neill and associate head coach Bob Cantu also visited Muhammad and his family on Sept. 9, the first day of the NCAA contact period.Muhammad’s father is former Trojans forward Ron Holmes, who played for USC in the mid-1980s.Muhammad is also scheduled to visit the USC campus on the weekend of Oct. 28 and attend the USC-Stanford football game to be played on Oct. 29. His only other scheduled visit is a trip to Kentucky on Oct. 14 for the the Wildcats’ Big Blue Madness practice-kickoff event, the report said.The Trojans already have two commits for the class of 2012: guard Larry Lewis from Phoenix and forward Strahinja Gavrilovic of Serbia.last_img read more