Washington Report

Stormwater research centers funded after WEF, NMSA support

Stormwater research centers funded after WEF, NMSA support

January 26, 2023 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

Research centers focused on stormwater infrastructure will be established through federal funding after extensive support from the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA). Congress has provided $3 million in initial funding for the establishment of three to five Centers ofRead More

Congress announces negotiated WRDA 2022 legislation

Congress announces negotiated WRDA 2022 legislation

December 16, 2022 at 9:58 am 0 comments

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I), U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the EPW Committee, and Rep. SamRead More

Tracking EPA Actions on PFAS

Tracking EPA Actions on PFAS

December 1, 2022 at 1:16 pm 0 comments

By Brian Redder The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to execute actions outlined in its PFAS Strategic Roadmap, released in October 2021, to address issues related to PFAS contamination. Drinking water and wastewater utilities have played no role in producing, using or profiting fromRead More

WATCH: Why the water sector is calling for LSL replacement

WATCH: Why the water sector is calling for LSL replacement

November 1, 2022 at 7:00 am 0 comments

As part of the virtual 2022 Water Asset Management Conference, WF&M hosted a panel discussion on lead service line rehabilitation, analyzing the requirements under the revised Lead and Copper Rule (LCRR) and the biggest challenges for utilities. Specifically, on the replacement part of LCRR, theRead More

Senate introduces FLOW Act to streamline LSL replacement financing

Senate introduces FLOW Act to streamline LSL replacement financing

September 26, 2022 at 11:17 am 0 comments

A Senate version of the Financing Lead Out of Water (FLOW) Act was introduced last week after months of work by water sector stakeholders. The legislation, which has a companion bill in the House of Representatives, is sponsored by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and wasRead More

EPA proposes rule designating PFOA, PFOS as hazardous substances under CERCLA

EPA proposes rule designating PFOA, PFOS as hazardous substances under CERCLA

September 6, 2022 at 8:44 am 0 comments

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Aug. 26 released a pre-publication version of a rule that would designate the two most common per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) — as hazardous substances under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation,Read More

AMWA voices support for Build America, Buy America waivers

AMWA voices support for Build America, Buy America waivers

August 22, 2022 at 8:51 am 1 comment

The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), representing large U.S. drinking water systems, submitted a pair of comments this month pertaining to proposed waivers of Build America, Buy America (BABA) requirements for EPA program-funded projects. EPA has previously proposed temporary public interest waivers for projects funded byRead More

Washington Report: Senate approves Water Resources Development Act package

Washington Report: Senate approves Water Resources Development Act package

August 1, 2022 at 8:28 am 0 comments

The Senate last week approved its 2022 version of the Water Resources Development Act, biennial legislation that authorizes a variety of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control, navigation, and ecosystem restoration projects and studies. The Senate’s amended version of H.R. 7776 passed by a tally of 93–1, andRead More

Spending bill with $11.5 billion for EPA passes in House

Spending bill with $11.5 billion for EPA passes in House

July 25, 2022 at 8:12 am 0 comments

The U.S. House of Representatives in July passed a six-bill spending package for fiscal year 2023, one of which is a $44.8 billion FY 2023 Interior-EPA spending bill that would fund EPA with $11.5 billion. The EPA funding included in the larger bill remained the same as approved byRead More

EPA selects members for Environmental Financial Advisory Board

EPA selects members for Environmental Financial Advisory Board

July 7, 2022 at 3:46 pm 0 comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan has announced the appointment of 30 members, including both new and returning members, to the Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB). The EFAB provides advice to the EPA Administrator and the agency’s programs and regional offices on innovativeRead More