Regulations—at federal, state and local levels—have the potential to deeply affect the water quality industry. In addition to the national Water Quality Assn., regional and state associations work to stay ahead of changes and coordinate with legislators to advocate for the industry. WQP asked three of these organizations—the Eastern, Minnesota and Pacific Water Quality Assns.—to provide their latest updates on the regulatory and legislative fronts.
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Regulatory & legislative updates from across the U.S.
WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-801 is a prerequisite for certification to two WQA sustainability-related product standards
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) and American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) announced that the standard now known as WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-801: Sustainable Management has been officially accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an American National Standard.
WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-801 is a standard that evaluates a company’s governance and management practices, relative to sustainability, at the corporate and production facility levels. It focuses on the following core attributes:
States that make up the Hypoxia Task Force are working together to reduce nutrient levels nearby waterways
The 12 U.S. states of the Hypoxia Task Force have devised new strategies to speed up reduction of nutrient levels in waterways in the Mississippi/Atchafalaya River Basin. High nutrient levels are a key contributor each summer to the large area of low oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico known as a dead zone. Each state has outlined specific actions it will take to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus in the Mississippi/Atchafalaya River Basin from wastewater plants, industries, agriculture and storm water runoff.
EPA publishes its fourth Draft Contaminant Candidate List
To ensure continued protection of public health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published for public review and comment a draft list of contaminants that are not currently regulated in drinking water, but may require regulations in the future under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The agency will evaluate and consider the public comments on developing the final Draft Contaminant Candidate List (CCL 4) and suggestions for improvements to the process for future CCLs.
The Water Finance Center is part of the Obama administration's Build America Investment Initiative
The Obama administration announced on Jan. 16, 2015, new steps federal agencies are taking to bring private sector capital and expertise to bear on improving U.S. roads, bridges and broadband networks.
A variety of scientifically defensible documents can be downloaded from EPA’s website
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing information to assist risk assessors and scientists in the development of rigorous and scientifically defensible risk assessments for waterborne pathogens.
The event brings together experts and policy makers to lobby for the water improvement industry
Dates for the Pacific Water Quality Assn. (PWQA) Legislative Days have been announced. These events are an opportunity to meet legislators in the company of PWQA members and its lobbyists.
The grant will go toward implementing, maintaining and evaluating water systems in the state
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided New Mexico with a $605,300 grant to protect drinking water in the state earlier this month. The grant will go toward implementing, maintaining and evaluating water systems in the state.
Program to serve as a model for similar programs across the country
Virginia’s approach to improving water quality in Chesapeake Bay gained recognition from several federal agencies, which dubbed it “an innovative, market-based approach” that will “serve as a model for similar programs across the country.”
ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy to pay $2.3 million for alleged violations of state law asserted by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that XTO Energy Inc, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil and the nation’s largest holder of natural gas reserves, will spend an estimated $3 million to restore eight sites damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material into streams and wetlands in connection with hydraulic fracturing operations.