• 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.

  • Lame Duck Update: Approps, Farm Bill and Pelosi

    The 115th Congress returned this week following the Thanksgiving holiday for a busy lame-duck session, ready to negotiate on a few remaining issues before wrapping up the 115th Congress for good and heading home for the holidays. This includes passing the remaining appropriations bills, which includes the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, for FY 2019.

  • City of San Diego to Receive Fifth WIFIA Loan

    On Nov. 27, EPA announced a $614 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the city of San Diego to help finance its Pure Water Project, a new advanced treatment facility which could produce 30 million gallons per day of purified water.

  • Dunn Likely to be Confirmed to Lead OCSPP

    On November 29, President Trump's nominee to head EPA's chemical and pesticide safety office, current Region 1 Administrator and longtime environmental lawyer Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, went before the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. Dunn, who is widely seen as a centrist choice, has bipartisan backing, according to Committee Chair John Barrasso (R-WY) and could be confirmed as early as next week.

  • Congress Returns for Lame Duck Session

    On Nov. 13, the 115th Congress returned for a lame-duck session to complete their work for this Congress. This will include passing the remaining appropriations bills, which includes the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, for FY 2019.