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MA Drought Management Plan – Revised Draft Available for Review

Please review the latest draft of the MA Drought Management Plan-Draft 01-19, prepared by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Water Resources Commission. Changes from the current Drought Management Plan include drought indices, communication strategies, and drought preparedness and response actions. If your water system uses the drought declarations for water restrictions in […]

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MassDEP Hears Testimony on Regulation of PFAS

In response to a 2018.10.28 CLF MA_PFAS_Petitionby the Conservation Law Foundation and the Toxics Action Center, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection held a January 16, 2019 public hearing to receive testimony from stakeholders and interested parties on moving forward with regulations for per and polyfluoroalkly substances (PFAS). Currently Massachusetts has an Office of Research […]

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MWWA Legislative Priorities Set for 2019 MA Congressional Session

The Massachusetts Water Works Association has set forth its legislative priorities for the 2019 sessions of the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives, with the filing of the following bills: An Act to require the disclosure of lead in water pipes—House Docket 3403/Senate Docket 36—Sponsors: Representative Carolyn Dykema; Senator Jason Lewis—This bill amends the Lead […]

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New US Congressional PFAS Task Force Formed

On January 23, 2019, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers announced the formation of the Congressional PFAS Task Force to address issues concerning perfluoro and polyfluoro alkyl substances (PFAS). The Task Force is being organized by Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mi) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa). The initial membership of the Task Force includes at least 20 […]

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New York State Drinking Water Quality Council Recommends PFOA, PFOS, and 1,4-Dioxane

from: https://www.health.ny.gov/press/releases/2018/2018-12-18_drinking_water_quality_council_recommendations.htm Drinking Water Quality Council Recommends Nation’s Most Protective Maximum Contaminant Levels for Three Unregulated Contaminants in Drinking Water. New York State Health Commissioner to Consider Council Recommendations and to Commence a Rule Making Process That Includes 60-Day Public Comment Period. ALBANY, N.Y. – (December 18, 2018) – The New York State Departments of […]

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NHDES Proposes New PFAS Drinking Water Standards

News from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: January 2, 2019 CONTACT: Jim Martin, (603) 271-3710 des.nh.gov twitter.com/NHDES NHDES Proposes New PFAS Drinking Water Standards Initiates Rulemaking for PFOA, PFOS, PFHxS and PFNA Concord, NH – On December 31, 2018, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services(NHDES) initiated rulemaking to […]

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4th National Climate Change Assessment Published

Prepared by the US Global Change Research Program, The National Climate Assessment (NCA) assesses the science of climate change and variability and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century. On Water: “Rising air and water temperatures and changes in precipitation are intensifying droughts, increasing heavy downpours, reducing snowpack, and causing declines […]

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Conservation Law Foundation files petition for MA to regulate PFAS

from Mass Water Works Assoc: CLF files petition for MA to regulate PFAS: The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) sent a petition to MassDEP last week asking them to establish a Treatment Technique standard for PFAS chemicals (see petition). CLF contends that “MassDEP must immediately adopt a drinking water standard that protects residents of Massachusetts from […]

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Trump signs industry-backed, bipartisan water infrastructure bill

from waterfm.com America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday (October 23, 2018). The U.S. water infrastructure sector is lauding it as an important step forward in the nation’s efforts to fund the renewal of aging water infrastructure. The measure moved on to the President’s desk […]

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Water Security Grand Challenge

from WEF.org On October 25, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the launch of the Water Security Grand Challenge, a White House initiated, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water. Using a coordinated suite of prizes, competitions, early-stage […]

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