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Chem Links, December 17: Chemicals in the Water?

3:22 PM MST | December 17, 2009 | By VINCENT VALK

The U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act was passed 35 years ago and regulates 91 contaminants in U.S. drinking water. The list of contaminants has not been updated since 2000 (hey, I wonder what happened that year that may have something to do with this) in spite of rising pollution and new information about toxic substances. Though EPA is reviewing the law now, communities have begun trying to fill the gap. They have been met with resistance. (New York Times)

Is green good for business? I'd certainly hope so, but don't ask me – five major-company executives weigh. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they all agree that business can benefit from energy efficiency and a carbon-constrained economy. Still, looking at climate change as a cost-saving opportunity doesn't seem like a bad idea. (Newsweek)

U.S. Senator John Kerry, of 2004 election and Kerry-Boxer fame says there is a "100 percent" certainty that the Senate will pass important climate legislation next year. That means, cap-and-trade, right? Well, not necessarily. (Reuters)

What a difference week makes – on December 9, Nate Silver of FiveThrityEight.com (who hopefully had an easier time getting in that CW's Alex Scott) reported from Copenhagen that there is "some reason for optimism." There isn't much time left, so we'll see if he's right in short order. (FiveThirtyEight)

Before there was chemistry, there was alchemy. Could alchemy be the answer to the U.S. debt crisis? (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart)

If you have any Chem Links you'd like to share, email them to vvalk@chemweek.com.













 
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