US House Passes $1.9 Trillion Relief Package

from NRWA.org “On Saturday AM (Feb. 27), the House narrowly passed the White House-backed coronavirus relief bill (219-212 vote). Local governments of every size would receive dedicated allotments. Funds would be available until expended, awarded directly from Treasury within 60 days of enactment, and subject to eligible uses including to replace revenue lost, delayed, or … Read more

Senate Water Privatization Bill Splits Environmental Community

7/20/2020 ruralwater.org “Senate Water Privatization Bill Splits Environmental Community: The private water organization is using NRDC to advance the bill (S. 2596) they favor in the Senate, while Food & Water Watch has organized a coalition of over 300 advocacy groups and unions to oppose the bill. NRDC and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) … Read more

US House Passes EPA Spending Bill

7/27/2020 ASDWA.org “House Passes EPA Spending Bill: The bill passed last week includes current funding levels for SRF and an increase in the rural water SDWA & CWA technical assistance programs. Also, the bill includes a special provision of $13 billion for EPA “emergency infrastructure investments” including more than $10 billion for the SRFs. This … Read more

EPA Will Not Regulation Perchlorate

from NRWA.org 7/27/2020 ” In a New Precedent, EPA Publishes Final Decisions Not to Regulate Perchlorate Under SDWA: The EPA has determined that perchlorate does not occur “with a frequency and at levels of public health concern” within the meaning of the SDWA and in the judgment of the EPA Administrator, regulation of perchlorate does … Read more

US House: “There’s Something in the Water: Reforming Our Nation’s Drinking Water Standards.”

from ASDWA.org 7/27/2020 “SDWA Reform in House: On Tuesday, the House SDWA subcommittee will hold an oversight hearing on revisions to the Safe Drinking Water Act’s (SDWA) standard-setting process. The title of the hearing is “There’s Something in the Water: Reforming Our Nation’s Drinking Water Standards.” It is likely this hearing is being scheduled in … Read more

Notice of Funding Availability for Applications for Credit Assistance Under the State Infrastructure Finance Authority Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (SWIFIA) Program

A Rule by the Environmental Protection Agency on 07/17/2020 See link for further information. ” . . . on December 20, 2019, Congress provided $5 million in budget authority solely for the cost of direct loans or guaranteed loans to State infrastructure financing authority borrowers for projects described in section 5026(9) of the Water Infrastructure … Read more

HOUSE NDAA PFAS ACTION ACT INCLUDES NEW DRINKING WATER AND TSCA REQUIREMENTS

July 15, 2020 Deirdre White ASDWA.org Drinking Water Headlines, Source Water see link for full article “House legislators are seeking to attach a bipartisan amendment (Subtitle F – PFAS Action Act) to the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that includes new PFAS requirements for the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the Toxic Substances Control … Read more

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