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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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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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