Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee helps to mold legislation and regulation that will cost-effectively allow members to continue to protect water sources and to improve the security and preparedness of water utilities.

Members

Tom Sexton (Chair)

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Committee Updates

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]