Arsenic removal project to be demonstrated

Oct. 6, 2005 at 1:09 PM

RIO RANCHO, N.M., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- The Sandia National Laboratories will demonstrate new technology designed to remove arsenic from water next week in Rio Rancho, N.M.

The Monday demonstration will be attended by Sandia executives, Rio Rancho Mayor Jim Owen and U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., who helped secure $10 million to fund the project.

The project is part of a research program designed to find simple, inexpensive ways water utilities can reduce arsenic levels from water supplies in order to meet new Environmental Protection Act regulations that go into effect in January.

High levels of arsenic in water are known to increase the incidence of bladder and lung cancers.

Sandia is operated by the Lockheed Martin Co. for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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