Regulation Updates For Utility Managers

  1. EPA's Plan To Regulate Chemical Contaminants In Drinking Water Is A Drop In The Bucket
    3/6/2019

    After more than a year of community meetings and deliberations, the U.S. EPA announced in February 2019 that it would begin the process of regulating two drinking water contaminants, seeking to stem a growing national public health crisis. If EPA follows through, this would be the first time in nearly 20 years that it has set an enforceable standard for a new chemical contaminant under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

  2. How Oil & Gas States Did (And Did Not) Protect Land And Water In 2018
    1/11/2019

    Keeping an eye on what happens with domestic oil and gas regulation is a bit like herding cats. We’ve seen encouraging progress on air quality issues related to oil and gas, but an equally critical front that’s seen major action is protection of our land and water resources.

  3. PFAS — A National Problem With Personal Costs
    1/10/2019

    Even as the drinking water crisis draws more attention, the true impact of PFAS exposure may be largely underestimated, necessitating louder calls for action.

  4. EPA-New Mexico Wastewater Report Is A Conversation Starter, Not The Final Word
    1/4/2019

    When it comes to answering questions about whether the oil and gas industry’s wastewater can be safely reused for other purposes, like food crops, livestock, or even drinking water, there are a number of other serious factors to be considered.

  5. The Next Turn For 'Waters of the United States'
    1/2/2019

    After the Supreme Court, in its 2006 Rapanos v. United States decision, admonished the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to once and for all come up with an acceptable definition of “waters of the United States,” which is the linchpin for all regulation under the Clean Water Act, the agencies, nine years later, finalized regulations redefining that term in their 2015 Rule. 

  6. Freshwater Is Disappearing. Can Technology Save Us?
    11/19/2018

    Fresh water is the most important resource for human life on earth. People can survive far longer without food than without water, and virtually all of our food sources require fresh water to grow or create.

  7. Helping Preserve And Promote The Cultural Significance Of Kingsbury Bay And Grassy Point
    11/9/2018

    The cities of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin, and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation are all situated at the western end of Lake Superior, along the St. Louis River where it flows into the lake.

  8. Hexavalent Chromium: Preparing For Version 2.0
    11/8/2018

    When the California hexavalent chromium maximum contaminant level (MCL) comes back in 2019, treatment technology improvements will have already significantly lowered the cost of compliance.

  9. Identifying The Best Lead Sampling Techniques To Protect Public Health
    10/23/2018

    If lead is found in drinking water, it is important to identify where it is coming from within the water system — that means taking samples at every stage, from the distribution system all the way to the plumbing system inside the home, also known as premise plumbing.

  10. How Is California Affected By The Clean Water Act Mess?
    10/5/2018

    Just when we thought the jurisdictional and regulatory issues concerning the federal Clean Water Act and the resulting implications could not get more complicated, recent developments have put that possibility to rest.