• 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.

  • 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.

  • Senate Considers Minibus Including EPA Funding in FY2019

    This week, the Senate began considering a minibus that would include funding for the EPA in FY19. This minibus includes funding for Interior & Environment, along with funding for Financial Services, Transportation & Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture & FDA.

  • US Geological Survey Updates Information on Health-Based Screening Levels

    Recently, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water-Quality Program updated information on Health-Based Screening Levels (HBSLs) for sources of drinking water.  The updated information is available in its searchable database.  The information has been updated to consider EPA’s most recent methods and exposure assumptions for establishing drinking water guidelines.