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EPA invites 38 projects to apply for WIFIA loans

EPA invites 38 projects to apply for WIFIA loans

October 28, 2019 at 8:23 am 0 comments

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is inviting a total of 38 projects in 18 states to apply for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans. Together, the selected borrowers will apply for WIFIA loans totaling approximately $6 billion to help finance over $12 billionRead More

Lawmakers introduce bipartisan SMART Infrastructure Act

Lawmakers introduce bipartisan SMART Infrastructure Act

October 21, 2019 at 11:01 am 0 comments

U.S. Reps. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.) and Brian Babin (R-Texas) have introduced H.R. 4687, the Sustainable Municipal Access to Resilient Technology in Infrastructure (SMART Infrastructure) Act, along with Reps. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) and Ralph Norman (R-S.C.). The SMART Infrastructure Act supports innovation and open competition in procurement, allowing the United States toRead More

NAWC supports Sens. Duckworth, Braun legislation for SDWA compliance

NAWC supports Sens. Duckworth, Braun legislation for SDWA compliance

October 21, 2019 at 10:42 am 0 comments

Recently, U.S. Sens. Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Braun (R-Ind.) introduced the bipartisan Voluntary Water Partnerships for Distressed Communities Act to encourage utilities struggling with water quality issues to seek help from other water systems. Many community water systems, especially small utilities, struggle to stay in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water ActRead More

AWWA, water organizations react to proposed LCR updates

AWWA, water organizations react to proposed LCR updates

October 11, 2019 at 11:19 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced its proposed revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule, which addresses lead in drinking water. David LaFrance, CEO of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), issued the following statement: The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is committed to advancing strong consumer protections todayRead More

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EPA announces proposed revisions to Lead and Copper Rule

October 11, 2019 at 10:30 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday announced a proposed rule that significantly improves the actions that water systems must take to reduce lead in the nation’s drinking water. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the proposal at an event in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This action represents the first majorRead More

NACWA: Senate appropriations bill funds key clean water priorities

NACWA: Senate appropriations bill funds key clean water priorities

October 7, 2019 at 9:02 am 0 comments

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently passed a fiscal year 2020 (FY20) Interior & Environment Appropriations bill, which funds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and key clean water programs. The full House previously passed its FY20 Interior & Environment Appropriations bill earlier this summer and now awaits passage of the Senate version beforeRead More

House panel approves assortment of PFAS proposals

House panel approves assortment of PFAS proposals

September 30, 2019 at 9:46 am 0 comments

According to the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), a House of Representatives subcommittee last week approved a slate of 13 bills related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Among the legislation, bills include measures that would require EPA to issue a drinking water regulation for total PFAS within twoRead More

In 2016, DC Water issued a unique $25 million Environmental Impact Bond, the proceeds of which went to green infrastructure projects to reduce the flow of stormwater into the Potomac River.

EPA, Army Corps repealing 2015 WOTUS rule, recodifying definition

September 19, 2019 at 2:57 pm 0 comments

At an event last month in Albany, N.Y., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Pete Lopez, joined by representatives from the New York Farm Bureau and the Business Council of New York State, announced that EPA and the Department of the Army are repealing a 2015 rule that impermissiblyRead More

Water sector briefs Congress, EPA on new affordability strategy

Water sector briefs Congress, EPA on new affordability strategy

September 9, 2019 at 10:01 am 0 comments

During meetings on Capitol Hill and at EPA in late August, the lead authors of the joint NACWA, American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Water Environment Federation (WEF) report, Developing a New Framework for Household Affordability and Financial Capability Assessment in the Water Sector, provided background on a proposed new approachRead More

Senate approves budget deal that could boost EPA funds

Senate approves budget deal that could boost EPA funds

August 2, 2019 at 1:41 pm 0 comments

Last week the Senate signed off on a bipartisan, two-year budget deal that lays the groundwork for lawmakers to make progress on FY20 appropriations bills this fall. The budget agreement, which the House of Representatives previously approved, will now be signed into law by President Donald Trump. The budget framework increases theRead More