EPA finds E coli , coliform in airplane water tests

first_img EPA announcement [News release] Flights in Virginia, Georgia, Texa, and California were tested in August and September. Repeat tests on 11 aircraft indicated eight planes still didn’t meet EPA’s water-quality standards. Sep 27, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – More than 12% of passenger aircraft contained Escherichia coli or coliform bacteria in a recent round of testing, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found. The Air Transport Association (ATA) said that about 90% of member aircraft could be traveling internationally and loading water from sources not subject to EPA standards. Drinking water aboard 158 randomly selected passenger planes was tested. While 87.4% of the planes met EPA drinking-water quality standards, 12.6% did not. Initial testing showed 20 planes had positive results for total coliform bacteria; two of them also tested positive for E coli. Both of those contaminants are indicators that the water could contain other disease-causing organisms. See alsocenter_img EPA had begun a review of rules and guidelines in 2002 but is speeding up the process in light of the aircraft test results, the agency announced. The agency is placing specific emphasis on preventive measures, adequate monitoring, and sound maintenance practices such as flushing and disinfection of aircraft water systems. EPA and ATA are collaborating to reach agreement on how airlines will bring drinking water up to acceptable standards, a news release said, but added that if they cannot agree, EPA will exercise its enforcement authorities. Passengers with compromised immune systems may want to request canned or bottled beverages, EPA suggested in a Sep 20 news release. EPA answers to frequently asked questions about airline water safety [FAQ]last_img read more

Caribbean Zika Response & Preparedness Goes to Boetica & Delice

first_img Tweet Share The Dominica Red Cross continues with its Caribbean Response and Preparedness Project aimed at preventing and responding to the Zika virus disease. The Society is focused on reaching the public through improved community engagement, action and support, as well as to coordinate and share knowledge with other stakeholders. The key project interventions included Risk Communication, Community Clean-up Campaigns & Vector Control, School & Household Sanitation.It was all hands-on deck as the Dominica Red Cross Clean-up Campaign Mosquito Search and Destroy began in the Community of Boetica & Delice from January 17th – January 23rd, 2020. Environmental Health Officials, stakeholders, partners, vector control workers and Dominica Red Cross Delice Branch Volunteers turned out at the meeting point in Delice to intensify public awareness on Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika virus.Project Manager for Caribbean Zika Response & Preparedness Project Sylvester Jno Baptiste reiterated the reason for the Clean-up. “We continue to see an increase in mosquito breeding. It is crucial that we consistently search for and destroy mosquito breeding sites”.  The clean-up which has been executed in other communities is “aimed at motivating the public to get all Dominicans involves in the clean-up effort specifically destroying the breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito which spreads the dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses and which is found in and around homes’ stated Jno Baptiste.Some of the stakeholders and partners who supported the clean-up included the Environmental Health Department, The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation and the Delice Village Council.– / 6 LifestyleLocalNews Caribbean Zika Response & Preparedness Goes to Boetica & Delice by: – January 28, 2020 56 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Iran backs European plan to bolster nuclear deal

first_imgIranian President Hassan Rouhani attends the Eurasian Economic Council in Yerevan, Armenia on Oct. 1, 2019. TEHRAN –President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran supports a plan by Europeancountries to bolster a nuclear deal that Tehran reached with the West in 2015and from which the United States withdrew last year. Rouhani saidthe plan included preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, securing itssupport for regional peace, lifting U.S. sanctions and the immediate resumptionof Iranian oil exports. center_img Speaking duringa weekly cabinet meeting, Rouhani said: “We agree with the general framework bythe Europeans.” France, Britain and Germany had urged Tehran to enter talksabout a new arrangement on the nuclear deal. (AP)last_img read more

Hammers boss seeks January boost

first_img Press Association Injuries to key first-team players have seriously hampered the Hammers so far this campaign, with the 3-1 Boxing Day defeat to Arsenal leaving them in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Co-chairman David Sullivan has publicly promised funds for additions next month, and Hammers boss Allardyce would like nothing more than to sign another Djorkaeff. Sam Allardyce hopes to find another Youri Djorkaeff to help West Ham stave off the threat of relegation.center_img The World Cup-winning forward’s career was winding down when he joined up with Allardyce at Bolton in 2002, yet his class proved just the tonic as the Trotters avoided the drop. “I can’t tell you exactly when Andy Carroll will be back,” the 59-year-old said when asked about injuries. “I am not medically qualified enough to say. “Winston Reid, Stewart Downing, Ricardo Vaz Te, James Collins and Ravel Morrison have all got to get fit as quickly as we possibly can. “If we have got two additions in January, my concern is to make sure they can hit the ground running. “I need them to jump into the team and deliver what we know he has delivered elsewhere from day one. That is a massive, massive task in this window, but we have to try and achieve it. “It would help if they had Premier League experience, but you have to take the CV of a player if they are from abroad, if he is a top, top player in the countries he has played, like a Djorkaeff. “He kept me up at Bolton many, many years ago when I was in this position. He came in January, scored the goals we needed, kept us in the division with two or three games to go. “A player with an impact like that would be important not just for the team and the results, but everybody at the club.” last_img read more