• Congress Set to Pass Continuing Resolution

    On Sept. 29, the U.S. the Senate voted to limit debate on short-term agency spending through Dec. 11, clearing the way for a final vote Wednesday to avoid a partial government shutdown.

  • WEF, Others in Water Sector, Applaud EPA Action to Update Affordability Guidance

    On September 15, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), The American Water Works Association (AWWA), and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) joined together to applaud the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for today’s pre-publication release of its proposed 2020 Financial Capability Assessment (FCA). This revised affordability guidance should ease the financial burden on low-income communities.

  • White House Rewrite of NEPA Rule Takes Effect

    The White House National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulation took effect on Sept. 14th.  The rule, which aims to speed up federal reviews is taking effect as planned after a Federal judge declined to block the measure on Sept. 11.  The decision is a victory for the administration’s efforts to speed up approvals, especially for pipelines, oil and gas wells, highways, and other projects.

  • WEF Sends Letter on WRDA 2020 to Congress

    On August 17, WEF sent a letter to the the Chair and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Chair and Ranking Member of the U.S. House of RepresentativesTransportation and Infrastructure Committee regarding the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020.

  • U.S. House Passes NDAA Containing PFAS Provisions

    The U.S. House of Representatives on July 21 passed the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA). While the majority of the bill, H.R. 6395, is unrelated to the water sector, there are several provisions related to the handling and cleanup of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a chemical class known more commonly as PFAS.

  • EPA Releases New Utility Finance Tool

    On July 8, EPA released the Water Utility COVID-19 Financial Impact Tool to help drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater ("water") utilities assess the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its cashflow.