Author Archive | Thomas Sexton, P.E.

Be a force for legislative good!

FROM MWWA: Below you will find a template letter that you can use to comment on the many water-related bills before the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. I would urge you to customize the letter and give examples on how you believe the proposed legislation will impact your utility. Please try to […]

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Mass. Legislative Update

This state legislative season continues to be busy and challenging for water suppliers, with more than a dozen bills related to water resources, municipal infrastructure and operations. Here is a quick update on some of them: An Act Relative Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment Facilities (H.144) was scheduled for hearing in October by the Joint […]

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new OSHA Silica in Construction Standard is effective September 23, 2017

• Exposures to crystalline silica dust occur when cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing concrete, brick, block, rock, and stone products and operations using sand products (such as in glass manufacturing, foundries, sand blasting, and hydraulic fracturing). • 2.3 million workers are exposed to silica annually. 2 million in construction and 300,000 in general industry. • […]

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Massachusetts’ Environmental Agencies Launch Innovative Online Data Information and Public Access System

FROM MASS EEA, AUGUST 2, 2017: Massachusetts’ Environmental Agencies Launch Innovative Online Data Information and Public Access System System Delivers Online Permitting, Greater Data Accessibility, and Government Transparency BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today launched the first phase of a transformative environmental data and public information access system. The new system will deliver online permitting, […]

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MA House Bill 2115, Senate Bill 425, An Act Relative to Drought Management

An Act relative to Drought Management would give the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs the legal authority to impose water conservation measures based upon drought conditions. Currently such conditions are voluntary by the water suppliers, and determined based upon local hydrologic conditions. Email Jenn Pederson at jpederson@masswaterworks.org for MWWA Position Paper: Fact Sheet An […]

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House Bill 2777 – An Act to enable the Commonwealth’s administration of the Massachusetts pollutant discharge elimination system

This bill, filed by the Governor, is necessary to enable Massachusetts to receive federal delegation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (‘NPDES’), which is a water quality program mandated by the federal government that includes permitting, compliance and enforcement activities relating to the discharge of pollutants. Under the Clean Water Act of 1972, the […]

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House Bill 463 – An Act to assist municipal and district ratepayers

This bill would apply the term ‘local mandate’ to any requirement by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and its agencies (collectively EOEEA) that a city or town expend funds on water-related projects, and requires an impact statement and public review process prior to the implementation of any rule or regulation. See H.463 […]

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MA House Bill 2116 – An Act providing for the establishment of sustainable water resource funds; MA Senate Bill 1126 An Act Mitigating Water Resources Impacts

This bill would Amend GL 40 by inserting a new section 39M; authorizes a municipality, water district, wastewater district or stormwater utility which accepts this section to establish a sustainable water resources fund, and to collect a charge to be used for measures to remedy and offset the environmental impacts of new or increased water […]

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