News Briefs: Houston Police Seek WWTP Break-In Suspects

In this week's water and wastewater news, a trio of suspects record a video of themselves breaking into a WWTP; and Michigan updates its rules on biosolids application

News Briefs: Houston Police Seek WWTP Break-In Suspects

The Houston (Texas) Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a trio of suspects who allegedly recorded a video of themselves breaking into a water treatment facility and joyriding in one of the vehicles on site.

The burglars took a cellphone and the keys to a pickup truck belonging to the city of Houston, according to police.

While one suspect drove the truck, two others recorded a video with their cell phones from the back seat. They then fled the scene, leaving behind the truck and SIM card of the stolen phone.

Source: NewsFix

Michigan Revises Regulations on Biosolids Application

The Michigan Water Environment Association has issued new rules for the use of biosolids on farm fields, state Rep. Bronna Kahle and Sen. Dale Zorn confirmed in a joint statement.

The regulations put forward specifications for Class A Exceptional Quality bioslids that were being spread in Lenawee County.

“I started working on the issue even before taking office after hearing from people all across Lenawee County who were concerned with the local use of biosolids,” Kahle said. “I’m hopeful that most of the problems people have with biosolids will be addressed as the new guidelines are followed.”

Source: Michigan House Republicans

New York's Legionnaires' Disease Woes Continue

In August 2015, New York recorded the worst outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the state's history when 133 Bronx residents contracted the disease resulting in 16 deaths. Emergency state and city regulations were enacted and celebrated as decisive steps to address the threat. However, more than two years later, New York has posted a record number of cases and a significantly higher rate of Legionnaires’ disease than any other state in the country per capita.

“Unfortunately we continue to see cases of Legionnaires’ disease climb in New York,” says APLD Spokesperson Daryn Cline. “This is especially troubling since New York is holding itself out as the leader in Legionnaires’ disease prevention. The truth of the matter is their emphasis on water management inside the building has not had an impact on decreasing the rate of disease.

“We are convinced that any meaningful reduction in Legionnaires' disease in New York requires a focus on the complete water distribution system that supplies our homes and workplaces — from source to consumption,” adds Cline.

Source: PR Newswire

Seneca Nation Calls for Rejection of WWTP Plan in Pennsylvania

The Seneca Nation recently urged the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to reject permit applications for a proposed wastewater treatment facility in Potter County.

The Seneca Nation has a territory 65 miles downstream from the project, and Seneca President Todd Gates argues that the plant would “permit poisonous contaminants to travel downstream into New York state and onto the sovereign ancestral lands of the Seneca Nation.”

Meanwhile, an official from Epiphany Allegheny LLC says the Seneca has inaccurate information. “Our facility will not release any dangerous or contaminated wastewater into the Allegheny River under any circumstances,” he told the Olean Times Herald.

Source: Olean Times Herald


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