EPA Limits States’ Power to Review Projects That Affect Water Quality

July 13, 2020 See https://www.courthousenews.com/epa-limits-states-power-to-review-projects-that-affect-water-quality/ for the full article. “The “Clean Water Act 401 Certification Rule” narrows what issues state and tribal governments may consider when determining if a project, such as one that involves discharging pollution into a river or stream, will comply with state water quality standards. State or tribal approval is a … Read more

Watch for MA Legislative Bills

Bills filed in the current legislative session of the MA State House, which may be of interest to water suppliers, include the following: HB2472 (HD2257) – An Act relative to closing the water infrastructure funding gap with water and sewer connection fees Sponsor Rep. Sean Garballey (D) Summary Adds new Section to GL 29 (State … Read more

EPA Adds PFAS to Toxics Release Inventory Reporting

from asdwa.org 5/20 On May 18, EPA finalized its rule to add 172 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemical reporting list under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). These PFAS additions were mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and became effective on … Read more

Trump’s EPA to reverse regulation on Perchlorate

See nationofchange.org “The Trump administration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to go against a court order and will not be regulating toxic chemicals, like perchlorate, that contaminates our drinking water and harms the development of children. EPA spokeswoman Andrea Woods claims a final decision has not been made and states: “Any information that is … Read more

Perchlorate in Drinking Water due to Use of Sodium Hypochlorite

from EPA Sodium hypochlorite is used for water disinfection and, due to degradation, perchlorate has been detected in hypochlorite solutions. A 2009 study by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Water Research Foundation found that perchlorate can be present in hypochlorite solutions and can continue to form with a rate of formation that depends … Read more

EPA Releases Information on Perchlorate Reductions in Drinking Water

From ASDWA.org (5/14) EPA released information on reductions of perchlorate in drinking water due to actions that the drinking water community and the agency have taken to mitigate this contaminant and protect public health. The Agency is also providing information for drinking water utilities on perchlorate. Since EPA made a determination to regulate perchlorate in … Read more

EPA Releases Guidance for Small Systems on AWIA Risk and Resilience Assessments

from asdwa.org: EPA recently released the final version of its guidance for Small Community Water Systems on Risk and Resilience Assessments under America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA). This is a voluntary checklist that was designed for systems serving 3,301 to 50,000 people. For larger CWSs, EPA recommends the Vulnerability Self-Assessment Tool (VSAT) Web 2.0 or … Read more

White House Steps In To Weaken EPA PFAS Regulation

From Wateronline.com. Full story here The White House has reportedly taken steps to diminish a rule proposed by the U.S. EPA to curb the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), one of the country’s most prevalent and contentious drinking water contaminants. According to communications between the White House and EPA, the former stepped in … Read more