Guest Columns

EPA finalizes rule to require PFAS reporting

EPA finalizes rule to require PFAS reporting

October 4, 2023 at 12:33 pm 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule in September that it said will provide the agency, its partners and the public with the largest-ever dataset of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) manufactured and used in the United States. The agency said rule buildsRead More

Commentary: Now is the time to amend WIFIA

Commentary: Now is the time to amend WIFIA

October 2, 2023 at 6:05 am 0 comments

By John Ryan Congress certainly looks like an exciting place this fall, with plenty of political fireworks and intense drama over spending. But there’s no doubt legislators and their constituents will also want to see progress on some basic things that are clearly beneficial, aren’tRead More

EPA Headquarters building at the Federal Triangle in Washington, DC.

WOTUS amended to conform to Supreme Court decision

September 11, 2023 at 10:45 am 0 comments

In late August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Army (the agencies) announced a final rule to amend the definition of “waters of the United States” to conform with the recent Supreme Court decision in Sackett v. EPA. The agenciesRead More

Water sector reiterates call to fully fund SRFs in 2024

Water sector reiterates call to fully fund SRFs in 2024

September 5, 2023 at 7:45 am 0 comments

In August, 18 water sector organizations including those representing U.S. utility systems, wrote to Congress to reiterate support for funding the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) to the maximum authorization in federal law, $3 billion each, for fiscal year 2024. InRead More

Commentary: Climate Initiatives Stifle with Stuck-in-the-Past Equipment Purchasing

Commentary: Climate Initiatives Stifle with Stuck-in-the-Past Equipment Purchasing

August 21, 2023 at 10:45 am 0 comments

By Soren Rasmussen Protecting the environment has never been so high on the agenda. So, isn’t it peculiar that in the wastewater industry, almost everything is still archaically structured to purchasing the cheapest possible equipment, which can all too soon end up as waste thatRead More

EPA announces $50 million in grants for stormwater, sewer needs

EPA announces $50 million in grants for stormwater, sewer needs

August 14, 2023 at 9:04 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the availability of nearly $50 million in regular funding through the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant program to help communities address stormwater and sewer infrastructure needs. States may now apply for grant assistance to fundRead More

Revisiting WIFIA Sub-UST Interest Rates for SRFs

Revisiting WIFIA Sub-UST Interest Rates for SRFs

July 31, 2023 at 12:15 pm 0 comments

By John Ryan The WIFIA loan program offers an interest rate derived from current U.S. Treasury (UST) yields at loan closing. Other large-scale federal infrastructure loan programs like TIFIA and CIFIA do the same. The underlying idea is that the loan should cover the government’sRead More

California attorney general leads coalition opposing 3M PFAS settlement

California attorney general leads coalition opposing 3M PFAS settlement

July 31, 2023 at 7:59 am 0 comments

California Attorney General Rob Bonta last week, leading a bipartisan coalition of 22 attorneys general, announced the state’s opposition to a proposed class action settlement that he says fails to adequately hold accountable the 3M Company for contaminating Americans’ drinking water supply. Under the proposed settlement, water providers wouldRead More

NACWA warns against proposed ‘radical spending cuts’ to SRFs in FY24

NACWA warns against proposed ‘radical spending cuts’ to SRFs in FY24

July 17, 2023 at 7:39 am 0 comments

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) expressed deep concern last week about the potential for Congress to move forward on massive spending cuts being proposed for the Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs. These programs had been previously designated forRead More

Court pauses cybersecurity rule following legal challenge

Court pauses cybersecurity rule following legal challenge

July 13, 2023 at 11:21 am 0 comments

This week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit granted a request from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Cybersecurity Rule from going into effect until a current caseRead More