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  • Senate Holds Field Hearings on Maintaining Water Services to Rural and Disadvantaged Communities

    October 20, 2021
    The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) held field hearings last week in Delaware and West Virginia that focused on the challenges that small, rural and disadvantaged communities face in accessing and maintaining wastewater and drinking water treatment services.
  • EPA Publishes Compendium of Wastewater-Based Epidemiological Surveillance Programs; Roundtable Event on Oct. 26

    October 20, 2021
    EPA published A Compendium of U.S. Wastewater Surveillance to Support COVID-19 Public Health Response on October 14 documenting various programs across the country that implemented a surveillance program during the pandemic.
  • NACWA Members Invited to November 4 Security & Risk Management Symposium

    October 20, 2021
    NACWA members are invited to participate in the 5th Annual Security and Risk Management Symposium, which will be a virtual event this year on November 4. The Symposium is offered free of charge, but advance registration is required by November 2.
  • NACWA, WEF Host Utility Leaders Event at WEFTEC

    October 20, 2021
    NACWA and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) co-hosted a Utility Leaders Event this week at WEFTEC 2021 in Chicago. The event honored recipients of the annual Utility of the Future Today (UOTF) Recognition Program, sponsored by WEF, NACWA, the WaterReuse Association and the Water Research Foundation, as well as video remarks from EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox outlining the Agency’s current top water priorities.
  • NACWA Recommends Flexible PFAS Pretreatment Standards in Comments on Effluent Guidelines Plan

    October 14, 2021
    NACWA provided comments today to EPA on its Preliminary Effluent Guidelines Program Plan 15, which announced rulemakings for several industrial categories to control PFAS and nutrient discharges. The Plan is published every two years to outline EPA’s planned studies and rulemakings related to effluent limitation guidelines (ELGs) and pretreatment standards for industrial dischargers. The Plan, an FAQ, and other documents are available on EPA’s website.
  • NACWA Joins Federal Stakeholder Discussion on Low-Income Water Assistance

    October 14, 2021
    NACWA staff joined the National Energy Assistance Directors Association (NEADA) this week during their virtual 2021 Annual Meeting for a National Roundtable discussion: Post-Pandemic and the New Normal.
  • EPA Proposes Information Collection on Cost-Benefits of Water Quality Improvement

    October 14, 2021
    EPA published a Notice in the Federal Register on September 29 proposing an Information Collection Request (ICR) on Estimating Benefits of Surface Water Quality Improvements.
  • Judge Preliminarily Approves Charleston Wipes Settlement, Begins Public Notice Process

    October 14, 2021
    In a victory for NACWA member Charleston Water System (CWS), the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina recently preliminarily approved a proposed class action settlement agreement between CWS and major U.S. wipes manufacturer Kimberly-Clark concerning the performance and labeling of certain wipes products.
  • California Wipes Labeling Bill Becomes Law

    October 14, 2021
    California’s AB 818 was signed into law by Governor Newsom on October 6, making California the fourth state to require “Do Not Flush” labeling on non-flushable wipes. Similar laws have been enacted in Washington, Oregon, and Illinois, with additional bills pending in Massachusetts and Minnesota.
  • EPA Issues Technical Support Materials for Selenium Criteria

    October 14, 2021
    EPA issued several draft Technical Support Materials on October 6 to support states and authorized tribes in adopting and implementing the Agency’s 2016 recommended Aquatic Life Criterion for Selenium in Freshwater.
  • Ninth Circuit Upholds Montana Nutrients Variance in Significant Win for Clean Water Community

    October 7, 2021
    In a major victory for clean water utilities, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit this week affirmed that states can take compliance costs into account when setting Clean Water Act (CWA) water quality standards variances, and that such variances do not have to ultimately result in attainment of the underlying water quality standard.
  • NACWA Testifies Before Congress on PFAS and Need for Polluter Pays Approach

    October 7, 2021
    Dr. Jim Pletl, Director of Water Quality for NACWA member utility the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD), testified this week on behalf of NACWA before the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee’s Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee on the issue of PFAS and other emerging contaminants. The hearing was entitled “Emerging Contaminants, Forever Chemicals, and More: Challenges to Water Quality, Public Health, and Communities”.
  • Utilities Encouraged to Report Supply Chain Problems via WaterISAC

    October 7, 2021
    WaterISAC has developed a survey for utilities to report supply disruptions they have experienced, which will help the water sector understand how current supply chain issues are affecting utilities. The information collected will be shared with the sector associations, utilities, and federal partners to help identify areas where the federal government and regional or local networks can assist.
  • NACWA Members Collaborate on Clean Water Funding Op-Ed

    October 7, 2021
    A number of NACWA members, led by the Louisville & Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer Department (MSD), published an op-ed this week calling on Congress to advance key legislative initiatives that would increase funding for clean water investment. The piece was authored by Tony Parrott, Executive Director of Louisville MSD and a member of the NACWA Board of Directors.
  • EPA Office of Inspector General Recommends Agencywide Plan on Harmful Algal Blooms

    October 7, 2021
    EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a recent report recommending that EPA develop an Agency Wide Strategic Action Plan to Address Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).
  • Congress Continues Work on Key Funding Bills as Deadlines Slip

    October 7, 2021
    Congressional negotiators have bought themselves more time to hammer out agreements to address several looming issues reported on in last week’s Current, most notably avoiding a government shutdown, raising the debt limit, and passing infrastructure investment legislation.
  • NACWA Hosts Legal Hot Topics Webinar on “Waters of the United States”

    October 7, 2021
    NACWA hosted a joint Legal Affairs Committee meeting and Legal Hot Topics Webinar this week entitled “Waters of the United States” – Where Are We Now On WOTUS?
  • Congress Remains at Impasse on Key Funding Bills as Deadlines Loom

    September 30, 2021
    Congressional negotiators are working furiously against the clock to hammer out agreements to pass critical bills to avoid a government shutdown, raise the debt limit, and advance infrastructure investment legislation.
  • NACWA, AWWA, and AMWA Weigh In on EPA’s TSCA Proposed Rulemaking to Require Reporting and Recordkeeping for PFAS

    September 30, 2021
    In comments submitted to EPA on September 24, NACWA, the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) offered support for the Agency’s efforts to use the Toxic Substances Control Act’s (TSCA) Section 8(a)(7) reporting and recordkeeping requirements as a means to broaden the universe of understanding on PFAS, where it has been discharged, and its uses.
  • Pretreatment Committee to Address ELG, Water Reuse Issues

    September 30, 2021
    The NACWA Pretreatment & Pollution Prevention Committee will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, October 5, 2:00-3:00 pm ET to discuss EPA’s Preliminary Effluent Guidelines Program Plan 15 and NACWA’s comment on the Plan, which are due October 14.

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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