SEATAC — In the 1980s, rookie firefighters at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport endured a hazing ritual known as the “foam shower.”
Recruits stood some 150 feet down the tarmac with 5-gallon buckets and were told to catch firefighting foam shot out of a crash-response truck’s water cannon.
They would wear the usual helmet and heat-resistant gear, but still ended up drenched as the bubbly white liquid rained down on them. Continue reading Sea-Tac’s legacy of PFAS chemicals: ‘foam showers,’ sick firefighters and contaminated water
RIO VERDE, Ariz. — Joe McCue thought he had found a desert paradise when he bought one of the new stucco houses sprouting in the granite foothills of Rio Verde, Arizona. There were good schools, mountain views and cactus-spangled hiking trails out the back door.
Then the water got cut off. Continue reading Skipped showers, paper plates: An Arizona suburb’s water is cut off
More ‘forever chemicals’ found in WA drinking water as cleanup costs mount | The Seattle Times Where PFAS exceeded state action levels in Washington public water systems The state action levels were set to protect people who drink the same … Continue reading More ‘forever chemicals’ found in WA drinking water as cleanup costs mount
PSE substations among five attacked in Pacific Northwest in November | The Seattle Times Could water system facilities be next? Here’s a useful tool for vulnerability assessment from the EPA Vulnerability Self-Assessment Tool (VSAT) (epa.gov) Continue reading PSE substations among five attacked in Pacific Northwest in November
Heartache, anger in Central Washington over drinking-water wells tainted by ‘forever chemicals’ | The Seattle Times Brandi Hyatt, featured in this article, is another recipient along with Whidbey Island Water Systems Association of a Public Participation Grant for PFAS in … Continue reading Heartache, anger in Central Washington over drinking-water wells tainted by ‘forever chemicals’
Officials project Coalinga, Calif., will use up its allotted water before the end of the year — possibly forcing the city to buy water at exorbitant prices. https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/a-california-citys-water-supply-is-expected-to-run-out-in-two-months/ Continue reading A California city’s water supply is expected to run out in two months
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/whidbey-island-waters-undergoing-testing-will-be-dyed-red-on-monday/ The waters of Whidbey Island will run red Monday with the fluorescent hue of rhodamine, a non-toxic dye being used by the state to survey wastewater movement and its impact on local shellfish. The Washington Department of Health is evaluating … Continue reading Whidbey Island waters undergoing testing will be dyed red