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July 28th 2002
Several pages, conferences, countries, remediation, introduction, health effects have been modified to take account of new information from the San Diego Conference. Others are in process of modification.
July 9th 2002
List of posters for forthcoming San Diego conference available. Abstracts available on the conference page
June 30th 2002
Abstracts from the Arsenic in New England conference have been added to the conferences page .
June 3rd 2002
Reference page has been updated with new references.
April 22nd 2002
Added an additional reference to an article about beneficial uses of arsenic. Reference page has been updated with new references.
March 3rd 2002
The Opening Speech by Prime Minister Allah Hafez to the January 2002 WHO workshop is now available both on the introduction page and on the conferences page. Don't forget to comment on the recommendations by the participants.
February 9th 2002
The Fourth Dhaka Declaration and Feroze Ahmed's report on Alternative Water Supply Options are now available on the conferences page.
January 18th 2002
Two important conferences in Dhaka in January 2002
The details and abstracts of the January 12th and 13th conference at Dhaka Community Hospital will soon be on their website and copied here
The second from January 14th - 16th was organized by the government of Bangladesh and opened by the Prime Minister. Details will be psoted as they arrive in electronic form. You are invited to comment on the recommendations by the participants.
An important new
book is available on West Bengal by Dr Saha who discovered
the crisis in Bangladesh and West Bengal
Modified discussion on introduction and updated references including a new report on Inner Mongolia
October 31st 2001
US EPA reaffirmed the 10 ppb standard for arsenic in water. Many modifications to take account of this in introduction
Detail on countries page.
August 20th 2001
Added several new links to remediation technology page, for purification of small and large systems. Added a new link to an upcoming Conference . Additional information link added to introduction page
August 15th 2001
Added a new overview of what the United States Government is doing to assist Bangladesh in combatting the arsenic problem. Added numerous new references to articles on arsenic poisoning. New link to US Geological Survey's Water Quality Program .
August 3rd 2001
Added the query for assistance in the arsenic project by the Community Health Development Society. Discussion Proceedings 2 updated with numerous new messages. Added link to a page with additional Bangladesh photographs of sufferers (by David Portnoy).
August 1st 2001
New Online Articles added. Overview article with an excellent illustration of a tubewell in Bangladesh has been added to the countries page.
Remediation page updated with additional materials by Dipankar Chakraborti on the use of dug wells. Conferences and Introduction pages updated with abstracts by Charles Harvey on reasons why arsenic gets into water.
June 9, 2001
New method of small system remediation (by Alcan Chemicals) added to the remediation page, as well as reports of rain water and various other ways of getting arsenic-free water.
June 8, 2001
Comments to EPA & NRC added to the US section of the countries page. (USA EPA promulgated a final standard of 10 ppb for arsenic in water in January 2001.)
May 26, 2001
list of remediation options reorganized
more comments on the US EPA proposal
May 5th 2001
Composition of NAS committee announced
Wall Street Journal commentaries
Other comments are also posted
April 18th 2001
US EPA call for an NAS review of a range of options
for an arsenic standard.
Wall Street Journal commentaries
March 20th 2001
U.S. EPA rolls back the 20 ppb standard to the old 50 ppb
March 5th 2001
Updated the remediation page, the measurement page and the introduction page. Also added a few more references.
February 26th 2001
Abstracts from the February 21st/22nd workshop now available
on their website (also linked from 'conferences')
February 7th 2001
New FACT SHEET from the DISASTER FORUM (Sylvia Mortoza)
January 18th 2001
The US EPA on January 17th promulgated the final arsenic standard of 10 parts per billion (10 ppb) in water
Link made to the UK organization WATERAID
who have a good draft report of the Bangladesh situation in 2001
Dipenkar Chakriborti sends a New Year greeting and a year 2001 report on Bangladesh
and also in a local file
Conference list updated.
Conference at Great Barrier Reef in July 2001
November 13, 2000
Forthcoming symposia in Dhaka and Calcutta added
Allan Smith's comments upon the EPA June proposal added
Invitation to applied soil science for low cost remediation seminar added to the remediation page
Link to the for publication titled, "Arsenic Field Testing Kits - Millions Dollar Project - Effective or Not" added to the remediation page.
3 on-line articles added
November 3, 2000
Reference for the AGU Fall 2000 meeting added
Abstract Volume of the Pre-Congress Workshop (Bwo10) 'Arsenic in Groundwater of Sedimentary Aquifers' added
Link to Arsenic Solutions Inc.added
Link to the Groundwater Arsenic Research Group updated
Reference for two recently-published papers added
October 27, 2000
References for Alaska added
New remediation technology by Apyron Technologies, Inc. added
October 16, 2000
Modifications of remediationpage ("A simple arsenic removal method for groundwater byA.Khan, S.Rasul,A.Munir, M.Habibuddowla, M.Alauddin, S.Newaz, A.Hussam" added)
September 1, 2000
Modifications of remediation page
New page on Arsenic/Selenium Interactions (Under Construction).
SORAS & SODIS remediation techniques described.
Abstracts available for the Fourth International Conference on Arsenic Exposure and Health Effecs, San Diego 2000.
Sylvia Montoza's Fact sheets <1999 , Dec 1999 ,March 2000 ,article , June 2000.
Important announcement by Professor Ahmed of Dhaka University on Introduction page.
Press Release from National Pure Water Association on the connection of Arsenic to Water Fluoridation.
June 22nd 2000 EPA proposed rule: Federal Register
( HTMLversion ;
PDF version ;
RegulatoryImpact Analysis )
ScienceAdvisory Board Meeting
PublicComment by Richard Wilson
We will addd here any public comment that is sent to us.
May 28th: Sylvia Montoza's Fact sheets <1999 ,Dec 1999 ,March2000 ,article
May 24th: USEPA proposes an arsenic standard of 5 ppb
prepublication version of the proposal
Reorganized sections on introduction , healtheffects, links,remediation
3rdInternational Arsenic Conference in Dhaka
UnitedStates Geological Survey report on arsenic in USA
1999Article and 2000article by Bridge and Husain of Kansas, USA, on Bangladesh
Report of239 day field survey in Bangladesh by DCH and Jadvapur University
If there are any that are missing and should be addedplease inform us.
April 4th 2000
References for Thailand and Mexico added
The site has been, and is being, reorganized in the hope that it will be more useful to those with slow computers and internet links. Please let us know whether that objective has been achieved.
Abstracts for Dhaka and Calcutta conferences are now available on site.
There is now a link to an excellent environmental information website:
and in particular to the arsenic page on
Please tell us what we are missing. If no one sends us an E mail we get
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