• House and Senate Negotiators Make Progress on FY20 Bills

    On Nov. 22, top negotiators from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate reached a long-stalled deal on top-line spending figures for the fiscal 2020 bills.  The agreement marks a breakthrough for the government funding negotiations, which follows days of behind-the-scenes negotiations, including back-and-forth funding offers, between Senate Republicans and House Democrats as they worked together to find a path to a deal.

  • RCAP to Host Biosolids Webinar in December

    On Dec. 13, the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) will hold a webinar that will provide an overview of biosolids handling and disposal techniques for operators, technical assistance providers, and regulatory personnel to familiarize them with the various technologies and processes employed in the handling and disposal of biosolids.  In addition, the 1.5 hours webinar will discuss and evaluate various techniques and methods of biosolids handling to help control cost and increase efficiency.

  • House Marks up Key CWSRF Legislation

    On Oct. 29, the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a mark up session on H.R. 1497, the Water Quality and Job Creation Act of 2019. U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced the legislation, which would empower Congress to appropriate $16.68 billion over 5 years to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), which provides low-interest wastewater infrastructure loans to utilities.

  • Indiana Finance Authority Awarded WIFIA Loan

    On Oct. 9, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) would receive a $436 million WIFIA loan to finance 23 wastewater and drinking water projects across the state.

  • Pilot PFAS Study to Move Forward

    On August 29, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a pilot study at Pease International Tradeport to examine health implications related to per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) exposure.

  • Register Now! Webcast: Linking Member Associations with Important Federal Policies and Trends

    This webinar, presented by the WEF Government Affairs Department and the Government Affairs Committee Member Association Subcommittee, will provide an update on legislative and regulatory issues in Washington. In addition, Member Associations (MAs) will report on regional issues and initiatives with a focus on how they interact with their state legislature and regulatory agencies. This is a quarterly update and each quarter different MAs will provide regional updates.

  • As House Prepares to Vote on NDAA, Two PFAS Amendments Are Concerning

    UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who contacted Congress in opposition to the Dingell PFAS amendment. Unfortunately, it was ruled in order by the Rules Committee and will be on the House Floor for a vote sometime this week. Additionally, another PFAS amendment was ruled in order and it's equally problematic for the wastewater and drinking water sectors. Please send another letter to your Member of Congress opposing the new amendment and Dingell amendment.

  • CRS Issues Updated Report on PFAS

    On June 18, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) report titled “Regulating Drinking Water Contaminants: EPA PFAS Actions” was published in order to summarize the effects PFAS legislation would have on the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) among other statutes. The CRS report also covers EPA’s new PFAS Action Plan.