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Illinois EPA sues Markham over alleged drinking water violations. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is suing the City of Markham for alleged environmental safety violations regarding the city’s water supply, the Chicago Sun-Times reported January 6. An Illinois attorney general claims Markham violated the state’s Environmental Protection Act by not having a backflow contamination control in its water supply system that has 4,500 connections and serves 12,000 residents for at least 6 months, according to a court complaint. It said the primary source of water is obtained from Lake Michigan through the Midmark Water Commission’s pumping station. The station receives lake water into a reservoir, and four pumps then send chlorinated water to Markham’s supply system. A one-inch water line is used to supply water to a cooling system, and coolant within the generator is e-circulated at a higher pressure, the complaint said. An Illinois EPA inspector noticed October 26, 2010, that there was not a proper backflow prevention device, and a leak in the coolant line or a crack in the radiator within the generator could contaminate the water system with coolant, the complaint said. A backflow prevention device was installed at the pump March 31, 2011. The complaint is seeking a civil penalty of $50,000 for each violation of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act, and an additional $10,000 penalty for each day of the violation.

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I-95 bridge construction delayed over poor beams.
Rhode Island transportation officials said a portion of the Pawtucket River Bridge that is still under construction must be dismantled because some beams are misaligned. The Providence Journal reports that contractors have removed portions of the main girders on both ends of the Interstate 95 bridge. Construction began in November 2010. A spokesman for the state department of transportation, said it is not clear how much of the bridge will have to be disassembled to correct the problem, how long it will take, how much it will cost, or who will pay for it. The bridge was to be open to traffic this spring. But the project fell behind schedule even before state inspectors found the alignment problem.
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Mexico says 1,500-barrel oil spill controlled.
Mexico’s environment department said a 1,500-barrel oil spill from a pipeline near the Gulf of Mexico coast has been brought under control, with about 40 percent of the oil being recovered. The department said some of the oil has been detected along a 5-mile stretch of the Coatzacoalcos River, which empties into the gulf. The spill started December 31 at a pipeline leading to a refinery operated by the state- owned oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos.

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