|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Mon, 2 Jun 2014 08:35:37 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] "Pumping polluted groundwater taking toll on some east metro aquifer levels, " Minnesota|
Pumping polluted groundwater taking toll on some east metro aquifer
By Bob Shaw St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN) May 18, 2014As White Bear Lake dries up like a puddle in the sun and underground water levels drop, who's to blame? Along with the usual suspects of suburban lawns and golf courses, a new competitor for water is emerging -- companies ordered to pump up and clean polluted groundwater.
According to well-permit records from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, state-ordered pollution pumping removed 3.3 billion gallons from metro-area aquifers in 2012. That's enough to fill 155 miles of Olympic-sized swimming pools lined up end to end.
In Washington County, the problem is especially acute: The city of Woodbury, with a population of 65,000, pulls about 3 billion gallons a year from the Prairie du Chien Aquifer with its several municipal wells. 3M pumps nearly half as much -- about 1.4 billion gallons a year -- just to control pollution, and most of that comes from wells in Woodbury.
... For the entire article, seehttp://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_25790090/pumping-polluted- groundwater-taking-toll-some-east-metro
-- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Brownfields mailing list Brownfields@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/brownfields-cpeo.org
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