Recent Government Affairs Webcast Recordings

Linking Member Associations with Important Federal Policies and Local Trends : Position Statements

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 1:00-2:30 PM ET

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.

During this event, our speakers will provide insight on utilities' perspectives on current PFAS issues.

The WEF Government Affairs Committee tracks legislative and regulatory efforts with respect to water and other environmental issues on the national level, informing members and providing education about our profession to legislators and regulatory officials. The Member Association (MA) Subcommittee is tasked with increasing communication with respect to federal issues and local impacts. The MA Subcommittee also wants to be aware of local issues that may inform other MAs about regulatory trends.

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What Utilities Need to Know about EPA's PFAS Health Advisories

Friday, June 17, 2022, 1:00-2:30 PM ET

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 15, 2022, issued new, more rigorous drinking water health advisories for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Two of these levels are drastically more stringent than previous levels and likely mean hundreds, if not thousands, of drinking water systems nationwide will be affected. The agency also announced up to $5 billion in grant funding to help communities prepare and deal with these contaminants. This webinar will discuss what water sector utilities need to know, what the Health Advisories mean and what resources may be available.

The speakers are:

Moderator:
Gary Hunter, WEF PFAS Task Force, Black & Veatch

Speakers:
Deborah Nagle, US EPA Office of Science and Technology, Washington, DC
Fred Andes, Barnes & Thornburg, Chicago, IL
Jeff Longsworth, Barnes & Thornburg, Washington, DC

 

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Linking Member Associations with Important Federal Policies and Local Trends : Position Statements

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 1:00-2:30 PM ET

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.

During this event, our speakers will provide insight as to how they use WEF’s position statements to further their efforts.

The WEF Government Affairs Committee tracks legislative and regulatory efforts with respect to water and other environmental issues on the national level, informing members and providing education about our profession to legislators and regulatory officials. The Member Association (MA) Subcommittee is tasked with increasing communication with respect to federal issues and local impacts. The MA Subcommittee also wants to be aware of local issues that may inform other MAs about regulatory trends.

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Proposed Financial Capability Assessment (FCA) Guidance

WEF, NACWA and AWWA are jointly hosting a webinar on EPA’s 2022 Proposed Financial Capability Assessment (FCA) Guidance.

For utilities facing Clean Water Act enforcement actions that could impose significant compliance costs, note that EPA has substantially changed its guidance on how community financial capabilities used to guide compliance scheduling will be assessed.  This seminar will discuss major concerns, missed opportunities, and potential implications of the guidance revisions and is hosted by WEF, NACWA and AWWA jointly.

The webinar is intended to assist those wishing to better understand the changes EPA is proposing and assist those considering submitting comments to the agency on this guidance. Public comments on the proposed guidance are due by April 25, 2022

The 2022 Proposed Financial Capability Assessment (FCA) Guidance, were published in the Federal Register on February 23, 2022.  These guidance would replace the 1997 FCA guidance and the updated guidance initially finalized and disseminated in January 2021.  The proposed 2022 FCA guidance, are substantially changed from the agency’s 2021 guidance.  These changes fail to respond to many of the methodological and procedural improvements to the original 1997 FCA guidance recommended by the National Academy of Public Administrators, U.S. Council of Mayors, and the water sector associations.

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