• WEF Sends Letter to Biden Administration

    The Water Environment Federation (WEF) on February 8 sent a letter to the Joseph Biden administration expressing wishes to work with the administration to advance policies and programs that protect America’s water resources.

  • WEF Monitoring Impact of Coronavirus on Water Sector

    The Water Environment Federation’s Disinfection and Public Health Committee created an informative, in-depth section on WEF’s website to provide up-to-date information on the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus as it continues to spread.

  • EPA Seeking Public Comment on Proposed 2020 MSGP

    On Feb. 13, the U.S. EPA announced it will be seeking public comment on the proposed 2020 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity in areas where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority. This proposed permit would replace EPA’s 2015 MSGP upon finalization.

  • National Environmental Policy Act Information

    The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is one of the first laws ever written (1969) that establishes the broad national framework for protecting our environment. NEPA's basic policy is to assure that all branches of government give proper consideration to the environment prior to undertaking any major federal action that significantly affects the environment.

  • Senate Confirms Wheeler as EPA Chief

    On Feb. 28, the Senate confirmed Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler as the official agency chief by a vote of 52-47 primarily along party-lines. Every Democrat voted against Wheeler, all Republicans except for Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) supported the nomination. Earlier in February, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee voted along party lines to advance the nomination. Wheeler had served as Acting Administrator since July 2018, when then-Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned.

  • House Committee Holds Hearing on Infrastructure Resiliency and the Impacts of Climate Change

    On Feb. 26, the full House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing, “Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change. The purpose of this hearing is to examine the role the transportation sector plays in global warming, understand the dual track approach of mitigation and resiliency, and learn from individuals in the public and private sectors whom have demonstrated pragmatic solutions for reducing carbon emissions and building resilient infrastructure.

  • WIFIA Program Issues Seventh Loan to City of Baltimore

    On Feb. 25, EPA announced the WIFIA program closed its seventh loan to the City of Baltimore, making EPA’s total of credit assistance nearly $2 billion. The City of Baltimore $202 million loan will be used to complete a program of 14 projects to repair, rehabilitate, and replace existing wastewater conveyances, update treatment plants, and manage stormwater. In turn, this will better protect public health and water quality for 1.8 million Baltimore residents.