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Clean Water Current Archive

  • Supreme Court Opens New Term with Debate Over Wetlands Jurisdiction

    October 5, 2022
    The U.S. Supreme Court this week began its October term on Oct. 3 by hearing oral arguments in the on-going battle over the scope of federal Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction in the case of Sackett v. EPA. At issue in the case is whether the Sacketts need a CWA Section 404 permit to develop certain wetlands on their property, but before the Court are broader questions concerning the Act’s reach over wetlands as “waters of the United States” (WOTUS).
  • EPA Region 1 Finalizes NPDES Permit with National Implications

    October 5, 2022
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 issued an updated National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for medium-sized POTWs in Massachusetts on September 28. Because this permit is issued by EPA itself and not a Clean Water Act (CWA) authorized state permitting authority, it serves as a good example of how EPA would like to see delegated states craft their permits.
  • Congress in Campaign Mode with CWA Anniversary Approaching – Perfect Time for Utility Outreach!

    October 5, 2022
    Members of Congress are home in their states and districts this month during a congressional recess as they campaign for the upcoming General Election on November 8. This is the perfect time to reach out to your federal elected officials and educate them on the importance of your utility's work to protect public health and the environment in your community.
  • NACWA Joins Letter Seeking Movement on WIPPES Act

    October 5, 2022
    NACWA recently joined a coalition of fellow clean water utility associations and nonwoven fabrics industry partners in sending a letter to Senate Commerce Committee leadership in support of S. 3956, the Wastewater Infrastructure Pollution Prevention and Environmental Safety (WIPPES) Act.
  • Congress Passes Legislation to Expedite Disaster Assistance for Small Projects

    October 5, 2022
    The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed bipartisan legislation that will help expedite the ability for communities, especially smaller and rural, to access Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster assistance for relatively small projects.
  • Coalition Expresses Concern Regarding Municipal Financial Data Reporting Requirements

    October 5, 2022
    NACWA joined fellow public sector organizations in sending a letter on Sept. 29 to Senate Leaders Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the respective Chair and Ranking Member for the Senate Committee on Armed Services, Jack Reed (D-RI) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK), voicing opposition to including S. 4295, the Financial Data Transparency Act (FDTA), as an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act.
  • EPA Poised to Create New Environmental Justice Program Office

    September 28, 2022
    EPA Administrator Michael Regan announced Sept. 24 that EPA plans to combine the Agency’s existing environmental justice (EJ) and civil rights offices into a single new national program office headed by a Senate-confirmed assistant administrator.
  • DHS Launches Cybersecurity Grant Program for State and Local Governments; Utilities Could be Eligible for Funds

    September 28, 2022
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched a $1 billion, four-year cybersecurity grant program for state, local, and territorial governments. The State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program and the Tribal Cybersecurity Grant Program will help these entities address cybersecurity risks.
  • Congress Works to Finalize Stopgap Spending Legislation

    September 28, 2022
    With a September 30th funding deadline fast approaching, Congress is working to finalize a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government in operation. The Senate voted 72-13 late on Sept. 27 to advance a CR that would keep the government funded at existing levels until December 16.
  • SAVE THE DATE: October 17th NACWA Webinar on Proposed CERCLA Hazardous Substance Designations for PFOA and PFOS

    September 28, 2022
    NACWA will be hosting a webinar from 2 – 3 PM (Eastern) on Monday, October 17th addressing EPA’s recent proposal to designate two PFAS substances – PFOA and PFOS – as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund).
  • NACWA Joins Rural Water Association National Conference

    September 28, 2022
    NACWA staff joined the National Rural Water Association (NWRA) this week for its annual WaterPro Conference at the National Harbor outside of Washington, DC. The event brought together over 1700 attendees representing water and wastewater utility systems, large and small, municipal, and rural from across the country to connect and share best practices.
  • NACWA Highlights Utility Successes in Congressional Hearing Celebrating 50 Years of the Clean Water Act

    September 21, 2022
    NACWA Board Member Mike Witt, General Counsel for the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) in Newark, NJ, testified September 20 on behalf of NACWA before the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee’s Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee to discuss the key role public clean water utilities have had in the success of the Clean Water Act (CWA) over the last 50 years.
  • Water Sector Groups Request Extended Comment Period for Proposed EPA Rule Designating PFOA and PFOS Under CERCLA

    September 21, 2022
    NACWA helped organize a joint letter last week with the Water Environment Federation (WEF), American Water Works Association (AWWA), Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), and California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) requesting an extended notice-and-comment period to allow for a more thorough analysis of EPA’s recent proposal designating two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).
  • NACWA Registers Concern as Pennsylvania Legislature Considers Measure to Encourage Utility Privatization

    September 21, 2022
    As the Pennsylvania Legislature continues to consider legislation that could unfairly make privatization of public utilities in the state easier, NACWA weighed in this week on behalf of its Pennsylvania utility members in a letter to state lawmakers.
  • NACWA Pens Guest Blog for River Network

    September 21, 2022
    NACWA recently wrote a guest blog for River Network as part of their celebration of the Clean Water Act’s 50th anniversary and rollout of the 3rd Edition of their Clean Water Act Owner's Manual next month. NACWA was part of River Network’s Advisory Group for the Manual.
  • Dark Waters PFAS Litigator Set to Address NACWA Members at 2022 Law Seminar

    September 21, 2022
    As clean water utilities struggle with the fallout from decades of upstream PFAS manufacturing and use, utility executives and in-house practitioners will be able to hear from the attorney who made PFAS a household name.
  • Possible Rail Strike Affecting Chlorine Shipments; Water Sector Requests Congressional Intervention

    September 14, 2022
    Water sector utilities may experience disruptions in deliveries of chlorine and other chemicals due to an ongoing labor dispute between major railroads and labor union. Given the severe operational challenges this could cause for clean water utilities, a group of water sector organizations including NACWA have asked Congress to intervene.
  • EPA Issues Key Build America, Buy America Act (BABAA) Waivers

    September 14, 2022
    Just before Labor Day, U.S. EPA released its final waiver regarding the Build America, Buy America Act (BABAA) compliance for the State Revolving Funds (SRFs) and other EPA Funding Programs.
  • Congress Returns for Final Legislative Stretch Before Elections

    September 14, 2022
    Congress is returning to Washington, DC for what is expected to be a final two- or three-week legislative stretch before the November mid-term elections.
  • EPA Accepting Letters of Interest for Next Round of WIFIA Funding

    September 14, 2022
    EPA has begun accepting letters of interest for the next round of funding under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.

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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