Regulatory Report

Regulatory Report

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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Regulatory Report: August 2019

  • AMWA supports EPA’s proposed alternative to withdraw determination to regulate perchlorate
  • EPA proposes designations for 20 high-priority and 20 low-priority chemicals under TSCA
  • National Academies publishes new report: Management of Legionella in Water Systems
  • Federal government unveils revisions to Endangered Species Act
  • New study on prenatal fluoride exposure gets extensive media coverage

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Regulatory Report: July 2019

  • Day long meeting hosted by EPA reviews UCMR 5 development
  • Secretary of Defense establishes new PFAS Task Force
  • EPA publishes update to Freedom of Information Act regulations

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Regulatory Report: June 2019

  • EPA seeks comment on assorted MCLs for perchlorate, including no MCL at all
  • AMWA lends ideas to help EPA define “near significant sources” in recent TSCA comments
  • EPA to hold public meeting on UCMR 5 development July 16 in Cincinnati
  • EPA announces enforcement and compliance priorities for 2020-2023
  • New Executive Order calls for termination of one-third of federal advisory committees
  • Wheeler aims to better utilize Science Advisory Board
  • EPA finalizes recommendations for recreational water quality criteria and swimming advisories for cyanotoxins
  • Free public webinar July 24 on EPA’s new HABs mobile tool: CyAN App
  • International Joint Commission releases second report on water quality of the Great Lakes
  • EWG releases new map showing locations of suspected industrial discharges of PFAS

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