Author Archive | Thomas Sexton, P.E.

Baker-Polito Administration Files Legislation to Strengthen Natural Gas Safety Procedures

From Mass.gov 11/20/2018 Proposal Would Require Approval of Professional Engineer for Gas Infrastructure Work BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today filed legislation that would require all natural gas work that could pose a material risk to public safety be reviewed and approved by a certified professional engineer. An Act to Ensure Safety and Soundness of […]

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EPA seeks public input on draft toxicity assessments for PFAS chemicals

EPA’s draft assessments follow through on EPA’s commitment to provide tools for states, tribes, and local communities to help protect public health from EPA.gov 11/14/2018 Contact Information: EPA Press Office (press@epa.gov) WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public input on draft toxicity assessments for GenX chemicals and perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS), […]

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US Department of Energy New Conservation Standards for Clean Water Pumps Looming

The final rule for Energy Conservation Standard and Test Procedure for Pumps became effective March 28, 2016. Compliance is required by January 27, 2020. See 10 CRF 431.464 and 10 CFR 431.465. Go to the http://federalregister.gov and search “Energy Conservation Standards for Pumps” and “Test Procedure for Pumps”. View your pump type at http://pumps.org/doe_pumps.aspx

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Troubling report finds PFAS are turning up in dozens of public water systems across the US

https://www.businessinsider.com/report-finds-toxins-turning-up-in-public-water-systems-across-the-us-2018-8 (associated press) “EPA says it will prepare a national management plan for the compounds by the end of the year. But Peter Grevatt, director of the agency’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, told The Associated Press that there’s no deadline for a decision on possible regulatory actions” “The Trump administration called the […]

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America’s Water Infrastructure Act Legislation Clears Congress, Awaits President’s Signature

From AWWA Connections ® A landmark water bill that passed the U.S. Senate last week reauthorizes the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) for two more years and removes its pilot designation, another key milestone in the American Water Works Association’s work to confront the water infrastructure challenge. “The reauthorization of WIFIA at $50 […]

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Job Posting – Engineering Project Manager Sought

GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. (GZA) is an employee-owned multidisciplinary environmental consulting firm focused on geotechnical, environmental, water, ecological, and construction management services. With a staff of interrelated professionals dedicated to providing high-level expertise on complex projects, GZA’s experts provide a range of inter-related services. Position Description: GZA is seeking a Project Manager Level Civil/Water Resources Engineer […]

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Break rates for almost half of U.S. water mains up more than 40% in 6 years: Study

From Waterworld.com LOGAN, UTAH, MARCH 8, 2018 — Utah State University’s (USU) Buried Structures Laboratory has published a second comprehensive study on break rates of the most commonly used water pipe materials titled, “Water Main Break Rates In the USA and Canada: A Comprehensive Study.” The Buried Structures Laboratory has a large scale testing facility […]

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