May 2006: Volume 48, Number 5
May 2006 Droplets
Massachusetts is the first state in the nation to propose drinking water and cleanup standards for the toxic chemical perchlorate, according to the Cape Cod Times. The Bay State standard of two parts per billion is double the one ppb guidance set by the U.S. EPA. The U.S. military is the primary user of the chemical and is responsible for perchlorate contamination at the Massachusetts Military Reservation in Barnstable County, Mass.
Calgon Carbon Corporation announced its management and Audit Committee concluded that the company should restate its unaudited financial statement for the 2005 quarters ended March 31, June 30 and September 30. The decision to restate resulted from the recent completion of the previously announced investigation by the companys Audit Committee related to invoices for certain legal services. The problem was limited to the legal department, specifically the general counsels failure to process certain invoices for legal services. The company no longer employs the general counsel.
Aquacell Water Inc. has adopted The Dow Chemical Companys ADSORBSIA" GTO" titanium-based arsenic removal media for their turnkey arsenic removal systems. Adding Aquacell to Dows line of authorized distributors helps bring the product to the southwest U.S. where it was previously unavailable.
Construction of a new manufacturing facility started in 2004 for FilmTec Corporation, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, is on target for completion in 2006. The new facility provides more than double the current square footage of FilmTecs existing plant, located in Edina, Minn. Limited production has already begun, with full production expected by mid-year.
Investment in water treatment projects in Australia will surge over the next five years says GE Water, which is targeting South Australias potential as it seeks a slice of an estimated $5 billion to be spent by 2011, reports The Advertiser. GE Waters general manager for Australia and New Zealand said potential desalination plants for South Australia mining projects proposed by BHP Billiton and Iluka were areas of interest. Iluka has asked GE to submit ideas. BHP is already a customer of GE and runs a water treatment plant at Olympic Dam.