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EPA: Trump administration’s new WOTUS definition seeks to end confusion, federal overreach

EPA: Trump administration’s new WOTUS definition seeks to end confusion, federal overreach

January 27, 2020 at 12:21 pm 0 comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James last week announced a new, clear definition for “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.  According to EPA and the Department of the Army, the new definitionRead More

AMWA: Proposed Lead and Copper Rule presents significant changes for utilities

AMWA: Proposed Lead and Copper Rule presents significant changes for utilities

January 2, 2020 at 2:15 pm 0 comments

By Diane VanDe Hei The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in October released its long-awaited proposal for the revised Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). The proposal includes many far-reaching provisions that, if put into law, will have a lasting impact on how water utilities in the United States address leadRead More

DC Water hires new general counsel

DC Water hires new general counsel

December 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

DC Water announced in November that Marc Battle will serve as its general council and executive vice president for legal affairs. The announcement followed a rigorous national search overseen by the DC Water Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to have Marc and his expertise here at DC Water,” saidRead More

NACWA: Congress releases final NDAA bill excluding controversial PFAS provisions

NACWA: Congress releases final NDAA bill excluding controversial PFAS provisions

December 16, 2019 at 10:23 am 0 comments

In an important legislative achievement for clean water, House and Senate negotiators released their compromise Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) earlier this week and excluded the most problematic PFAS provisions. The full report and summary are viewable online. Significantly for the clean water sector, the final package does not include a provision toRead More

Senators introduce bill to restore tax treatment of CIAC to regulated water utilities

Senators introduce bill to restore tax treatment of CIAC to regulated water utilities

December 9, 2019 at 11:09 am 0 comments

The National Association of Water Companies applauded a bill (S. 2942) introduced last week by U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) that would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that certain contributions are treated as non-taxable contributions to capital. The legislation aims to prevent taxation of Contributions inRead More

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