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  • NACWA Invites Members to Join New Environmental Justice Committee

    January 12, 2022
    NACWA President Kishia Powell has established a new standing Environmental Justice Committee that will be co-chaired by Andrew Lee, Interim General Manager/CEO at Seattle Public Utilities, and Sharise Horne, Director of Community Benefits & Partnerships at Louisville & Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District.
  • Treasury Department Publishes Final Rule on State/Local COVID Relief Funds, Broadens Eligible Water & Sewer Uses

    January 12, 2022
    The U.S. Treasury – the federal department implementing the COVID-19 Relief for State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program that was signed into law as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) – published its final rule for the program on January 6.
  • NACWA Leads Coalition Letter to EPA to Enhance Water Utility Workforce Development

    January 12, 2022
    NACWA led a water sector coalition letter this week to U.S. EPA urging that as the Agency moves forward in awarding Water Workforce Infrastructure Development Grants, utilities are given direct consideration as a potential recipient regardless of how they are locally structured.
  • NACWA Seeking Member Feedback for Comments on Proposed WOTUS Definition

    January 12, 2022
    In early December 2021, U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) published a proposed rulemaking for a "Revised Definition of Waters of the United States."
  • Water Sector Publishes Rebuttal to Misleading Biosolids Report

    January 12, 2022
    NACWA, along with various other partners, joined the California Association of Sanitation Agencies in a response to the Sierra Club’s Sludge in the Garden: Toxic PFAS in Home Fertilizers Made from Sewage Sludge.
  • NACWA, EPA Discuss Infrastructure Bill Implementation

    January 6, 2022
    NACWA held a virtual meeting January 6 with EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox and other senior EPA Office of Water staff to discuss implementation issues and distribution of funds from the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure legislation, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
  • NACWA Joins Coalition Letter on Implementing Buy America Requirements in Infrastructure Bill

    January 6, 2022
    NACWA and other water sector organizations sent a letter this week to the Biden Administration regarding implementation of the Buy America, Build America (BABA) requirements that were signed into law as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
  • EPA Eyeing Future Regulation of Pyrolysis and Gasification Units; NACWA Weighs In

    January 6, 2022
    NACWA submitted initial comments to EPA on December 20, 2021 on the Agency’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to potentially develop regulations for pyrolysis and gasification units.
  • Senate Returns from Holiday Break with Path on Reconciliation Package Still Unclear

    January 6, 2022
    Just before Christmas, Senator Joe Manchin (R-WV) – a key moderate Democrat whose vote is critical for passage of the President’s Build Back Better Act – announced he could not support the reconciliation package in its current form, abruptly derailing Democratic leadership’s agenda and hopes to pass the bill in the Senate.
  • Act Now! Hotel Deadline for NACWA’s Winter Conference is December 29!

    December 16, 2021
    There is growing excitement for NACWA’s 2022 Winter Conference, January 31 – February 3, in Scottsdale, Arizona -- and the December 29 hotel reservation deadline is quickly approaching! If you haven’t already done so, please make your reservations today while rooms are still available!
  • NACWA Submits Letter to EPA with Recommendations on Infrastructure Bill Implementation

    December 16, 2021
    NACWA submitted a letter to EPA earlier this week outlining the Associations’ initial thoughts and recommendations around how the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is implemented. The letter builds on conversations NACWA has had with senior EPA Office of Water leadership to date and the initial recommendations and concerns received from NACWA members.
  • EPA Convenes Weekly Dialogue with Stakeholders on Rollout of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

    December 16, 2021
    State and local intergovernmental associations, including NACWA, have begun regular meetings with EPA’s intergovernmental office and key Agency senior leadership on implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and how these investments will be distributed
  • Judge Denies Companies’ Bid to Dismiss Litigation Over “Flushable” Wipes

    December 16, 2021
    The U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina this week denied a motion by major wipes manufacturers and distributers to dismiss NACWA member Charleston Water Systems’ (CWS) class action lawsuit seeking to enjoin the companies from labeling as “flushable” wipes products that in fact cause significant damage to sewer systems. CWS is being represented by NACWA Legal Affiliate AquaLaw in the case.
  • Senate Negotiations on Build Back Better Continue, Likely to Extend Into Next Year

    December 16, 2021
    While the White House and Senate Democrats continue to negotiate out final potential details of President Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB)/Reconciliation bill, in the hopes of securing passage prior to the holidays, several unresolved policy matters and procedural hurdles remain that may result in potential passage not occurring until early next year.
  • EPA Readies Revised Draft of Financial Capability Guidance for Another Round of Comments

    December 8, 2021
    During a December 2 meeting with stakeholders, including NACWA, EPA provided additional details on further revisions it has made to its draft Financial Capability Assessment (FCA) document, which would update the Agency’s now nearly 25-year-old guidance. EPA plans to release the revised document for another round of comments by the end of 2021 or in early 2022.
  • EPA Releases Initial Funding Allocations from Infrastructure Bill

    December 8, 2021
    EPA sent a letter last week to the governors of all U.S. states and territories outlining their respective Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) funding allocations that will soon be provided to them under the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill (IIJA/BIF) that President Biden signed into law on November 15th.
  • New WOTUS Proposal Published in Federal Register Starts 60-Day Comment Window

    December 8, 2021
    EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) next definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) has officially arrived via proposed rulemaking.
  • Industrial Control Systems Security Initiative Plan Under Development

    December 8, 2021
    During its November meeting, the Water Sector Coordinating Council (WSCC) was briefed on the Biden Administration’s plans to promote industrial control system (ICS) security in critical infrastructure sectors, including the water sector.
  • NACWA Welcomes New Staff to Advocacy Team

    December 8, 2021
    NACWA is excited to announce the recent hires of two new additions to our federal advocacy team. Tony Frye and Danielle Cloutier will focus on advancing NACWA’s federal legislative advocacy and engaging with our members on top priorities. Both come to NACWA with significant experience in clean water issues.
  • NACWA Engages EPA as Agency Focuses on Infrastructure Bill Implementation

    December 1, 2021
    Even before President Biden’s signature was dry on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed into law two weeks ago, EPA began looking toward implementation of new, historic funding levels, which includes a total of $55 billion toward the water sector (see here for a breakdown of those funds). ​
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