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  • NACWA Comments on Inflation Reduction Act’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund

    December 7, 2022
    The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) was passed in August 2022 and outlines aggressive action to address climate change. While the $740 billion package is not focused directly on water, many of the provisions in the bill include potential impacts to clean water via the nexus with climate change, clean energy, conservation, and environmental justice.
  • Congress Crunches to Complete Year-End Agenda

    December 7, 2022
    After the midterm elections, Congress was faced with a hefty to-do list before the end of the year - including reauthorizing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), passing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), and reaching compromise on a funding agreement to keep the government open, to name a few.
  • New PFAS Memo Issued by EPA to State Permit Writers

    December 7, 2022
    U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator Radhika Fox issued a new memorandum, Addressing PFAS Discharges in NPDES Permits and Through the Pretreatment Program and Monitoring Programs, to states’ regulatory authorities on December 5 detailing recommendations on how the Agency would like states to leverage Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits to reduce PFAS discharges into waters.
  • EPA Seeking Feedback on Performance Evaluations of Wastewater Laboratories

    December 7, 2022
    In a notice published in the Federal Register on November 30, EPA seeks to collect information from wastewater laboratories, including POTWs, on the “analytic ability of laboratories that perform chemical, microbiological and whole effluent toxicity analyses.”
  • Updated Federal Stormwater Regulations to Correspond with U.S. Census Nomenclature

    December 7, 2022
    Earlier this year, the U.S. Census Bureau revised and finalized new criteria for how it defines urban areas based on the 2020 Census. The Bureau's new criteria eliminate the term "urbanized areas," which will have a subsequent impact on how EPA and states designate and regulate Phase II municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) under the Clean Water Act.
  • EPA Makes Move to Eliminate De Minimis PFAS Exemption in Toxic Release Inventory

    December 7, 2022
    As anticipated, EPA recently proposed a rule to eliminate the de minimus reporting exemption that allows facilities to avoid reporting PFAS to the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).
  • House Passes Resolution to Avoid Rail Strike, Senate Approval Needed

    December 1, 2022
    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution on November 30 to force rail worker unions to accept an agreement negotiated in September by the White House. The Senate is expected to quickly consider the measure next.
  • Water Sector Coordinating Council Discusses Cybersecurity with EPA, DHS

    December 1, 2022
    The Water Sector Coordinating Council (WSCC) met on November 15 to discuss issues related to the security and emergency preparedness of the water sector, particularly cybersecurity and supply chain issues. The WSCC also met with the Water Government Coordinating Council (GCC) the following day.
  • EPA Releases Grants for Stormwater, Sewer Overflow and Reuse Projects

    December 1, 2022
    On November 29th, U.S. EPA announced the release of $52 million in grants to states to improve essential stormwater infrastructure, reduce sewer overflows and invest in water reuse projects. States must apply to EPA to secure the funding for projects in their local communities, so clean water agencies interested in this program should contact their state water financing authorities.
  • White House Updates Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool

    December 1, 2022
    The White House released an updated version of its Justice40 screening tool on November 22, the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST 1.0), to incorporate new data and improvements aimed at ensuring historically disadvantaged communities see the benefits of climate and infrastructure investment.
  • Water Sector, Municipal Groups Raise Concerns Over Financial Capability Guidance with EPA Administrator, White House

    November 16, 2022
    NACWA, along with the Water Environment Federation, the American Water Works Association, the US Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities, wrote EPA Administrator Michael Regan and the Acting Administrator of the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Dominic Mancini, November 10 to raise concerns with EPA’s revised Financial Capability Assessment Guidance.
  • NACWA's Board of Directors, Committee Leaders Gather for Leadership Meeting

    November 16, 2022
    NACWA’s Board of Directors and many leaders of the Association’s standing committees met this week in St. Pete Beach, Florida for their annual Leadership Meeting. The event provides an opportunity for NACWA’s utility leadership to discuss key issues facing the Association and clean water sector and plan for the year ahead.
  • NACWA Takes Clean Water Message on the Road, Discusses Outlook for New Congress

    November 16, 2022
    NACWA took part this week in the 2022 Water Environment Horizon Conference in Austin, Texas to discuss clean water legislative and regulatory efforts happening at the federal level. The conference was hosted by the Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT) and the Texas Association of Clean Water Agencies (TACWA).
  • NACWA Outlines Significant Concerns with EPA’s Proposed PFAS CERCLA Designations; Urges Agency to Adopt True “Polluter Pays” Model

    November 10, 2022
    In comments filed with EPA this week, NACWA expressed serious concerns with the Agency’s proposal to designate two PFAS substances – PFOA and PFOS – as hazardous under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and encouraged EPA to take steps to shield clean water utility ratepayers from liability for PFAS cleanups.
  • Election Results Suggest Little Turbulence for Clean Water

    November 10, 2022
    Every election cycle update comes with the key caveat or warning that results are still incoming, and that readers should expect the potential for changes. That sentiment could not be more true when analyzing the election that took place on Tuesday. However, the current results suggest that there should be limited disruptions or changes to who holds key positions overseeing programs critical to the public clean water sector.
  • EPA Finalizes Contaminant Candidate List 5 (CCL5) for Drinking Water

    November 10, 2022
    Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) every 5 years is required to publish a list of unregulated chemicals that are known or anticipated to occur in drinking water and may pose risks.
  • Tune In to PBS Viewpoint for Biosolids Special Feature

    November 10, 2022
    NACWA is pleased to announce that this month a special feature on biosolids will air on the Public Broadcast Service (PBS) Viewpoint with Dennis Quaid.
  • EPA Releases BABAA Implementation Guidance

    November 10, 2022
    Last week, U.S. EPA released additional guidance, Build America, Buy America Act Implementation Procedures for EPA Office of Water Federal Financial Assistance Programs, related to the Build America, Buy American Act (BABAA) changes that were made in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
  • Water Sector Urges White House Intervention to Avoid Rail Strike and Chlorine Shipment Disruptions

    November 10, 2022
    NACWA and other water sector associations sent a joint letter to the White House on Nov. 4 asking for intervention to avert a rail worker strike in early December. A strike was averted in September when the White House negotiated a potential agreement with rail worker unions. However, the agreement has not been ratified by all the unions, leaving open the possibility of a strike.
  • EPA Announces 29 Environmental Finance Centers to Assist Communities Funding Access for Essential Infrastructure Projects

    November 10, 2022
    On November 4th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the selection of 29 Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) that will help communities across the country access federal funding for infrastructure and greenhouse gas reduction projects that improve public health and environmental protection.

Archive 2017 & 2016

January 2017

January 17
January 10

December 2016

December 20
December 13
December 5

November 2016

November 22
November 14
November 7

October 2016

October 31
October 25
October 17
October 11
October 3

September 2016

Septemper 26
September 19
September 12
September 6

August 2016

August 29
August 22
August 15
August 8
August 1

July 2016

July 25
July 18
July 11
July 5

June 2016

June 27
June 20
June 13
June 6

May

May 31
May 23
May 16
May 9
May 2

April

April 25
April 18
April 11
April 4

March 2016

March 28
March 21
March 14
March 7

February 2016

February 29
February 19
February 12
February 5

January 2016

January 29
January 22
January 15
January 8
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