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COMMENTARY: The Liberal Case for EPA’s New WOTUS Law

COMMENTARY: The Liberal Case for EPA’s New WOTUS Law

August 10, 2020 at 1:05 pm 0 comments

By Mike Keegan After withstanding numerous preemptive judicial challenges, the Trump administration’s version of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) went into effect on June 22. The Trump rule circumscribed the federal regulatory power over U.S. waters compared to the 2015 Obama administration’s rule which circumscribed the previous ruleRead More

EPA rule to reduce lead plumbing materials finalized

EPA rule to reduce lead plumbing materials finalized

August 3, 2020 at 9:59 am 0 comments

In July, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a final rule to reduce lead in plumbing materials used in public water systems, homes, schools and other facilities. The agency says the action marks a significant milestone in implementing the Trump Administration’s Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead ExposuresRead More

EPA announces $6 billion in WIFIA funds for water projects

EPA announces $6 billion in WIFIA funds for water projects

July 20, 2020 at 10:39 am 1 comment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the 2020 notice of funding availability under its Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program, including funding for WIFIA’s new state infrastructure financing authority, known as the SWIFIA program. These funding programs accelerate investment in critical water infrastructure through innovative andRead More

House FY21 spending bill includes no new direct WIFIA appropriations

House FY21 spending bill includes no new direct WIFIA appropriations

July 20, 2020 at 9:30 am 0 comments

As the start of the federal Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) rapidly approaches on October 1st, the U.S. House has begun working to advance its annual Appropriations (funding) bills through their committee process. Last week, the House Appropriations Committee passed its Interior and Environment bill to fund the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Read More

Water sector asks Senate for aid in next relief package

Water sector asks Senate for aid in next relief package

June 22, 2020 at 7:50 am 0 comments

The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) and National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), two organizations representing municipally-owned utilities, recently asked Senate leaders to include public sector aid in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation. Pointing to estimates that drinking water and wastewater systems could lose as muchRead More

Associations support positive regulatory determination on PFAS

Associations support positive regulatory determination on PFAS

June 8, 2020 at 8:59 am 0 comments

Nine leading water associations are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use “sound science and robust analyses” as it evaluates drinking water standards for two per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS). In a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), Association of Metropolitan WaterRead More

Dems’ HEROES Act includes billions for utility, ratepayer assistance

Dems’ HEROES Act includes billions for utility, ratepayer assistance

May 13, 2020 at 9:13 am 0 comments

Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday released the HEROES Act, the latest proposed relief package to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic challenges resulting from it. The proposal includes $1.5 billion in funding for water ratepayer assistance to help struggling households pay their water andRead More

Senate committee approves water recycling investments

Senate committee approves water recycling investments

May 11, 2020 at 10:16 am 0 comments

The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee last week passed legislation that will make significant investments in water recycling programs and resources. The two pieces of legislation — America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 and the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 — include numerous provisions that will advanceRead More

Water Week hosting live webinars with congressional updates

Water Week hosting live webinars with congressional updates

April 22, 2020 at 12:30 pm 0 comments

The organizers of Water Week 2020 will present complimentary webinar sessions on April 22 and 29 to discuss the water sector’s key issues and talking points, as well tools and tips for engaging with congressional representatives. Live conference events for Water Week 2020, originally scheduled for April 26 – May 2Read More

Stimulus package excludes financial relief for water sector

Stimulus package excludes financial relief for water sector

March 30, 2020 at 10:09 am 0 comments

Congress released a massive stimulus package last week that was signed by President Donald Trump amid the COVID-19 pandemic that could have serious economic ramifications both in the United States and around the globe. The bill included significant funding for a variety of private industries, but direct financial relief for theRead More