Author Archive | Thomas Sexton, P.E.

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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ASDWA and AMWA Submit Recommendations to EPA on PFAS Risk Communication

from ASDWA: On May 15th, the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) submitted a joint letter of recommendations to EPA on developing risk communication messages for states and water systems to use when communicating with their customers and the public about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). […]

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US House passed a $3 trillion Heroes Act, awaiting Senate action

from ASDWA.org: The US House of Representatives has passed a $3 trillion coronavirus aid bill that includes a moratorium on disconnecting or terminating service from a utility, including water and sewer, for nonpayment. The latest coronavirus relief package, H.R. 6800, or the HEROES Act, includes funding for individual stimulus, assistance to state and local governments, […]

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AWWA urges U.S. EPA to base PFAS regulation on sound science

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) this week expressed its support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to move forward on regulating two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and urged the agency to use the best available science to evaluate a drinking water standard. AWWA submitted its comments in response to EPA’s proposal […]

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