Regulatory Report

Regulatory Report

Regulatory Report: June 2020

  • AMWA supports EPA’s decision to regulate PFOA and PFOS
  • EPA issues final decision to not regulate perchlorate
  • AMWA backs EPA’s proposal for increasing transparency in the development of guidance documents
  • Final rule requires EPA review for certain uses of phased-out long-chain PFAS
  • AMWA seeks examples of local NGO assistance in implementing lead service line replacement
  • State associations release new factsheet on using water quality data to develop building water management programs
  • AMWA joins coalition of water associations in letter to EPA regarding recent decision to regulate PFOA and PFOS
  • Publication of final rule adds 172 PFAS chemicals to the Toxics Release Inventory
  • EPA finalizes rule updating and clarifying Clean Water Act Section 401
  • New Jersey finalizes new drinking water limits on PFOA and PFOS
  • EPA announces selection’s for Great Lakes Advisory Board, releases State of the Great Lakes Report
  • New tool for water quality data, How’s My Waterway, released by EPA
  • EPA releases EPANET 2.2.0: An EPA and Water Community Collaboration

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Regulatory Report: May 2020

  • AMWA joins state drinking water administrators in letter to EPA for addressing PFAS risk communication
  • EPA and AMWA member release information on maintaining or restoring water quality in buildings with low or no use
  • AMWA provides EPA comment on Transparency in Regulatory Science proposal for second time
  • New EPA report highlights data showing reductions of perchlorate in drinking water
  • EPA proposes new rule to promote transparency through improved agency guidance
  • Science Advisory Board submits official comments and advice on EPA’s proposed transparency rule
  • New PFAS Innovative Treatment Team announced by EPA
  • EPA adds 172 PFAS to list of chemicals required to be reported to the Toxics Release Inventory
  • Draft ambient water quality criteria recommendations for nutrients in lakes and reservoirs released by EPA
  • Government Accountability Office report aggregates pending items for EPA to address

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Regulatory Report: April 2020

  • EPA releases new enforcement discretion policy in light of COVID-19 crisis
  • AMWA presses EPA to utilize its authorities under TSCA to prevent PFAS from entering the environment
  • AMWA urges EPA to consider all known sources of TCE exposures, including drinking water
  • Public granted additional 30 days to provide comment on EPA’s Fourth Regulatory Determination
  • New WOTUS rule finally makes it to Federal Register
  • SCOTUS rules CWA permits needed for certain pollution releases to groundwater
  • EPA extends comment period on clarifying regulatory science transparency rule
  • Settlement reached in EPA lawsuit against environmental groups for failure to meet deadlines under SDWA
  • Groups release building water guidance in response to COVID-19
  • EPA seeks nominations for Science Advisory Board and SAB standing committees
  • California to become first in the world to adopt regulatory definition for microplastics in drinking water
  • U.S. Geological Survey water quality information now available for 15 aquifers across the country

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Regulatory Report: March 2020

  • AMWA joins with AWWA to ask for more time to comment on EPA’s Fourth Regulatory Determination
  • Supplemental notice seeks to provide clarity for proposed EPA rule to increase transparency in regulatory science
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers withdraws Water Supply Rule
  • EPA highlights continued progress to address PFAS in new update to agency’s Action Plan
  • Wheeler establishes new policy for Science Advisory Board decision-making
  • Searchable list of EPA guidance documents now available online

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Regulatory Report: February 2020

  • AMWA submits extensive comments to EPA on proposed Lead and Copper Rule revisions
  • EPA resolves to regulate both PFOA and PFOS
  • AMWA asks EPA to include per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances on the Toxics Release Inventory
  • EPA releases 2019 Year in Review along with first annual WIFIA report
  • $40 million in lead remediation grants up for grabs from EPA

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Regulatory Report: January 2020

  • EPA and Army Corps of Engineers roll out new WOTUS definition
  • CEQ proposes first comprehensive update to NEPA regulations in more than four decades
  • Looking ahead to EPA’s anticipated 2020 actions
  • Environmental Working Group claims PFAS contamination more prevalent than previously reported
  • EPA fulfills requirement under the National Defense Authorization Act, adds 160 PFAS to the Toxics Release Inventory

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Regulatory Report: December 2019

  • Stakeholder requests prompt EPA to grant 30-day extension for LCR comments
  • EPA considers adding PFAS to Toxics Release Inventory
  • National Drinking Water Advisory Council digs into EPA regulatory actions
  • New analytical method can measure drinking water for occurrence of 29 PFAS chemicals
  • EPA seeking applications for $4.8 million in grant funding for research on PFAS in agriculture
  • New guidance for addressing PFAS contamination in groundwater finalized by EPA

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Regulatory Report: November 2019

  • Proposed revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule hit Federal Register for 60-day comment period
  • AMWA outlines considerations for EPA’s new policy for “nationally significant” harmful algal blooms
  • National Drinking Water Advisory Council to meet December 4-5
  • EPA proposes revisions to its 2015 Steam Electric Power Plant Effluent Guidelines Rule
  • Federal government releases Fall 2019 Unified Agenda
  • Final RMP rule reverses Obama-era chemical security standards
  • EPA slams NYT article on “secret science” proposal
  • PFAS Action Plan work continues as EPA releases the Systematic Review Protocol for five PFAS toxicity assessments
  • EPA seeks to accelerate Great Lakes restoration with new five-year plan

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Regulatory Report: October 2019

  • EPA releases much-anticipated Lead and Copper Rule Revisions, gives 60 days for public comment
  • AMWA joins Partnership to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposure at Schools and Childcare Facilities
  • AMWA cautions EPA against weakening ability of states to protect their waters under CWA Section 401
  • Courts grant EPA six-month extension to finalize perchlorate regulation
  • Final WOTUS repeal makes its way to Federal Register
  • Corps of Engineers ordered to delay reservoir rule
  • Inspector general says EPA must improve oversight of drinking water public notification requirements
  • Science Advisory Board finds no consensus regarding EPA’s transparency rule
  • White House issues executive orders to provide clarity on guidance documents, enforcement
  • CDC and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry announce partners for PFAS Cooperative Agreement

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Regulatory Report: September 2019

  • AMWA continues to highlight concerns with EPA procedures for significant new use rules
  • AMWA and AWWA urge TSCA Advisory Committee to reject EPA’s 1,4 dioxane draft risk evaluation
  • EPA seeks guidance for developing new harmful algal bloom policy
  • State Primacy Agencies release white paper discussing creation of service line inventories
  • Additional protection for hazardous spills unnecessary under Clean Water Act, EPA concludes
  • EPA releases new policy for managing draft guidance and policy documents
  • EPA updates FY 2018-2022 strategic plan

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