Monthly Archives: February 2017

Water main ruptures in Spokane Valley leaving multiple residents without water for several hours

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The Spokesman-Review – A water main ruptured early Sunday morning in Spokane Valley, leaving multiple residents without water for several hours.

Shawn Pichette, a spokesman for Spokane Valley Fire Department, said residents were without water for several hours after the pipe burst around 7 a.m., sending rock and sediment down the northbound lanes of South Pines Road near East 26th Avenue.

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Chemicals Recognised as Human Endocrine Disruptors by EU

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Newswise – In a historic development, four synthetic chemicals – DEHP, DIBP, DBP and BBP – have been identified as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) for human health.(1)

It means that for the first time, chemical substances have been included in the list of REACH substances of very high concern (2) because of equivalent concern of “endocrine disrupting” properties in humans.

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Johnson & Johnson to ditch harmful plastic

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NZ Herald – Cotton buds made by the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson will no longer have plastic handles to prevent toxic waste reaching waterways and seas.

Plastic cotton buds are the number one item of plastic, sewage-related debris found on beaches and rivers.

The switch to paper handles began on Monday, and the new products will be on shop shelves within the coming weeks. Johnson & Johnson said it will prevent tens of thousands of tonnes of plastic reaching the seas.

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PVC Pipe Break: Salamander Bay, New South Wales

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Residents in Salamander Bay are finding out the hard way that PVC pipe doesn’t have the service life as expected. Research from the University of Michigan found that nearly 46% of PVC pipe failures occurred before the pipe served 40 years. It’s even worse when the pipes keep breaking just 20 years after installation. Residents are lodging complaints with the water utility, with one saying, “This has been going on for years. To have three serious leaks in the space of four houses suggests a serious problem. One person in Mariner Crescent even put a sign up at her front door, ‘yes, I know there’s a leak and I have reported it’.”