Author Archive | Thomas Sexton, P.E.

Budget Cuts and Shifts for the US Dept. of Labor, Incl. OSHA

taken from Paintsquare.com, story by Eric J. Conn: The Trump Administration submitted a blueprint budget for 2018 to Congress proposing $2.5 billion in cuts to the U.S. Department of Labor’s operating budget. The president’s proposed budget expressly calls for reduced funding for grant programs, job training programs for seniors and disadvantaged youth, and support for […]

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EPA Funding Cuts Looming

The budget proposal put forth last week by the Trump administration would impact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency significantly, if passed. The EPA’s new budget for fiscal year 2018 (beginning October, 2017) would be reduced by $2.6 billion. This would include a 31 percent cut in discretionary spending, and the elimination of 3,200 positions within […]

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MA Water Resources Commission Approves Increased Buffer in Water Demand Projections for the Cape & Islands

3a-Memo_to_WRC_on_WNF_buffer_revision_01-31-17 At their March 9, 2017 meeting, the MA Water Resources Commission approved an increase in the buffer added to their water demand projections for municipal suppliers, from 5 percent to 10 percent, for Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard water suppliers. This includes water suppliers in Bourne, north of the Cape Cod Canal.  The suppliers […]

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Coldwater Fisheries Resources Mapping Revised; Implications for WMA Permitting

FW: MassGIS Data Update: DFW Coldwater Fisheries Resources Water suppliers renewing their Water Management Act permits or seeking new permits in subbasins face additional metrics when Coldwater Fisheries are mapped within the subbasin.  MassGIS has updated the mapped areas based upon recent data:  From: Trust, Michael (MassIT) Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 11:17 AM Subject: MassGIS […]

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EPA Releases Guidance for Sampling and Field Testing During Water Contamination Incidents

FROM USEPA, JANUARY, 2017: To aid drinking water utilities in preparing for sampling and field testing that could occur during water contamination incidents, EPA released, “Guidance for Building Field Capabilities to Respond to Drinking Water Contamination.”  The guidance outlines basic and advanced field response activities and also provides information pertaining to staffing, quality assurance, and […]

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EPA Updates Human Health Benchmarks for Pesticides in Drinking Water

FROM THE EPA, JANUARY, 2017: EPA has updated its Human Health Benchmarks for Pesticides in drinking water to reflect the latest scientific information. The benchmarks are levels of certain pesticides in drinking water or source waters for drinking water at or below which adverse health effects are not anticipated from one-day or lifetime exposures. First […]

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OSHA Firms Up Stance on Slips, Trips, Falls

from PaintSquare.com: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published its long-awaited final rule regarding slip, trip and fall hazards for general industry. The rule—which updates OSHA’s Walking-Working Surfaces standard and adds requirements for personal fall protection systems—is aimed at increasing consistency between general and construction industries, helping to clarify issues […]

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Final Fourth Contaminant Candidate List (CCL 4) Published in Federal Register

On November 17, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register a final list of contaminants that are currently not subject to any proposed or promulgated national primary drinking water regulation. This list is the Fourth Contaminant Candidate List (CCL 4) published by EPA since the SDWA amendments of 1996.  The […]

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