Rural Community Assistance Partnership

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September 2010

Jackson County (Ohio) Water Company receives award from Ohio RCAP

The Jackson County Water Company in Ohio was among the several entities and individuals that received awards from Ohio RCAP at its recent "Small Towns, Big Futures" conference, held in Columbus Aug. 24-25.

The water company received the "Carpe Diem" Excellence Award. RCAP gives this award to spotlight companies that "seize every opportunity to improve and expand their services and meet the needs of residents."

New web clearinghouse of information for Lake Shoreland Protection Resources

EPA's Office of Water has launched a new web clearinghouse of Lake Shoreland Protection Resources, which provides practitioners with links to key resources to protect and restore fragile lake shorelands and to promote better stewardship by lakeside property owners and others who recreate on lakes.

EPA will propose rule to protect waterways by reducing mercury from dental offices

Existing technology is available to capture dental mercury

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Sept. 27 it intends to propose a rule to reduce mercury waste from dental offices. Dental amalgams, or fillings containing mercury, account for 3.7 tons of mercury discharged from dental offices each year. The mercury waste results when old mercury fillings are replaced with new ones.

EPA hosts historic meeting on environmental justice

Obama administration cabinet members show commitment to healthy environment and strong economy for all Americans


EPA urges citizens to clear out medicine cabinets for drug take-back events

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is lending its support and expertise for drug take-back events sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The events will take place at 1,700 sites around the country on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Citizens may bring unwanted solid prescription and over-the-counter medicines to any of these locations so they may be disposed of safely. Liquids, such as cough syrup, will not be accepted.

EPA marks 20th anniversary of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990

WASHINGTON — This year during Pollution Prevention Week, September 19-25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency marks the 20th anniversary of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. The act laid the groundwork for reducing pollution at its source and protecting children and families from exposure to harmful pollutants, as well as significantly reducing the amount of contaminants released into the environment. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson is urging the public to recommit to the goal of pollution prevention in their everyday lives.


EPA formally requests information from companies about chemicals used in natural gas extraction

Information on hydraulic fracturing chemicals is key to agency study of potential impacts on drinking water

WASHINGTON (EPA) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it has issued voluntary information requests to nine natural gas service companies regarding the process known as hydraulic fracturing.

Resident makes great strides for water systems in a small town

Harold Truxon, a dedicated leader in a rural community and a member of the Southeast RCAP board of directors for the past eight years, has done wonders for his small town of Ellendale, Del.

Bottled water could be ruining your smile

Bottled water could be allowing for the deterioration of teeth all over the country.  Tap water contains fluoride, which is something that bottled water often does not carry enough of to keep your pearly whites clean.

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Tribal drinking water operator certification program

EPA is announcing a voluntary Tribal Drinking Water Operator Certification Program, effective October 1, 2010. The program will enable qualified drinking water operators at public water systems in Indian country to be recognized as certified operators by EPA. This program will provide the benefits of certification to both the public water system operators and the Tribal communities they serve.