Whether you slept through the ball drop at midnight or yelled “Happy New Year!” with your friends and family, 2014 is well underway. With the new year came some new laws that everyone in the drinking water treatment industry we should be aware of.
California Product Registration
Regulatory changes affecting the water industry in 2014
EPA oversees removal of contaminants from soil and groundwater at Superfund site
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached an $11 million settlement for contamination at the Rockets, Fireworks and Flares Superfund site in Rialto, Calif. The site was formerly known as the B.F. Goodrich Superfund site, but EPA changed the name as part of a prior agreement with a major settling party.
CTS Printex Inc. and ADN Corp. will treat contaminated groundwater in Mountain View, Calif.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached a settlement with CTS Printex Inc. and ADN Corp. to complete the remaining groundwater contamination cleanup at the CTS Printex Inc. Superfund site in Mountain View, Calif.
EPA settled violations of underground storage tank regulations at three Virginia military bases
In separate agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force have settled alleged violations of underground storage tank (UST) regulations at three Virginia military bases: Fort Pickett, in Blackstone; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, near Newport News; and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, in Norfolk.
Lawsuit filed on behalf of West Virginia individuals and businesses affected by the chemical spill
A class action lawsuit has been filed in the wake of the recent Elk River chemical spill. Filed together with the Morgan & Morgan Complex Litigation Group and the Law Office of Jana Eisinger PLLC, the class action suit was brought on behalf of businesses and individuals suffering the effects of one of the most wide-ranging manmade environmental disasters in recent memory, court documents say.
Documents are available for download from the WQA website
Following the passage of California's Assembly Bill 119, which allows for the third-party certification of water treatment products in the state of California, the water industry has been awaiting details on the implementation of the new law.
Workshops will educate water system managers, engineers and operators about upcoming regulations
In anticipation of California’s pending drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium (chromium-6), the CA-NV Section of the American Water Works Assn. (CA-NV AWWA), Hazen and Sawyer and the city of Glendale, Calif., are partnering to offer a free webinar and in-person seminars on the treatment technologies for chromium-6 removal. For nearly a decade, the city of Glendale has been managing a major research effort on identifying technologies for removal of chromium-6 from drinking water.
HR3588 will exempt fire hydrants from compliance with the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act
The U.S. Senate passed HR3588, the Community Fire Safety Act, on unanimous consent. The bill passed earlier in December in the U.S. House on a vote of 384-0. Once signed into law by President Obama, HR3588 would exempt fire hydrants from compliance with the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act.
Legislation and regulations have a large impact on the water quality industry — but the industry also has the power to impact the legislation that affects it. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with Bill Dodd, California State Assembly candidate and member of the water industry, about the importance of educating legislators.
Kate Cline: What are the top legislative/regulatory issues currently facing the water quality industry in California?
An update on regulatory issues in California
A well-thought-out dewatering plan is important to the success of any jobsite. Dewatering pumps often are necessary to remove groundwater and rainwater in order to perform work safely, but it is crucial to abide by the applicable laws and regulations and consider how selected dewatering methods will affect the environment. Each site has its own dewatering challenges, and it is important to consider all options, especially regarding discharge of water on a jobsite.
Filtration methods for meeting Clean Water Act regulations