Avner Vengosh was selected for the the 2016 Reviewer Awards by the editors of Environmental Science and Technology

The announcement by Editor in Chief David Sedlak include :

152 page minimum spine. Editor: Matt Hotze, JEM: Esther
RTP: Diane Murphy

“Each year we present reviewer awards to recognize the efforts of exceptional reviewers who somehow found time in their busy schedules to review multiple papers and share deep insights with us. These are the people who went the extra distance to provide reviews that bring authors back to ES&T. They are the ones who turned a good manuscript into an excellent paper. They are truly the peers behind our peer review.”

A new study on the origin and distribution of hexavalent chromium in drinking water wells from the Piedmont region of North Carolina was published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters

152 page minimum spine. Editor: Matt Hotze, JEM: Esther
RTP: Diane Murphy

The study, shows that hexavalent chromium is naturally occurring, originated from water-rock interactions, particularly in aquifers composed of mafic rocks. The data show that groundwater samples with high hexavalent chromium had chemical and strontium isotope ratios that are different from the compositions expected for coal ash contamination. This study is the first to show that hexavalent chromium occurrence is not restricted to sites affected to anthropogenic contamination and the distribution of hexavalent chromium is much wider in drinking water wells than previously anticipated. The paper was selected as Editors Choice and is posted here: hexavalent-chromium-in-piedmont-groundwater. The study was reported in Duke Press release, followed by TV shows including WRAL , WBTVABC News ,  radio shows including NPR _WUNC, WFAE (with David Boraks) , and numerous news items including Washington PostCharlotte Observer, Richmond Times, North Carolina Health News, Fayetteville Observer, Progressive Pulse, The Herald Sun, Sanforld Herald, Charlotte Buisness JournalThe Daily Tarheel,

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