In December 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a follow-up report detailing the impact the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act has had on consumers. CFPB Director Ken Cordray said that, overall, “The law made it easier for consumers to evaluate costs and risks by eliminating the worst back-end pricing practices in the market. There is more work to do.
Federal agencies evaluate deferred interest promotional financing plans
The Flint, Mich., water crisis has dominated national news since the beginning of 2016. On Jan. 16, President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency in Flint, providing $5 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds for filters, replacement cartridges and water testing kits. The following week, Michigan legislators worked to approve $28 million in additional funding, $15.2 million of which will to go toward additional filters and replacement cartridges and further testing. This issue even found its way into the January Democratic presidential candidate debate.
The latest on the Flint water crisis, water softener regulations & more
It seems there has not been a day since the start of 2016 that a new development or revelation on the Flint, Mich., water crisis has not been reported in the news. At this point, it is likely that the mere mention of Flint will forever evoke associations with lead contamination, sick children and government ineptitude.
Organization will spotlight achievements of subscriber utilities
The Water Research Foundation (WRF), a sponsor of research supporting the water community, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Officially incorporated in 1966, WRF has provided its subscribers with research and tools to solve the complex challenges of the water community. Today, WRF subscribers include more than 1,000 water and wastewater utilities throughout the world, as well as consulting firms and manufacturing companies.
Arndt has been an AWWA member for 30 years
The American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) board of directors announced that Aurel Arndt of Allentown, Pa., was elected as the association’s treasurer at the winter board meeting. The next president-elect, four new vice presidents and one new director-at-large also were selected at that time.
Webcast will occur on Feb. 17
Dow Water Academy will host a free webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. (CST). The webinar will explore the concept and theory behind direct-coupled ultrafiltration/reverse osmosis, as well as share best practices, recommendations and case study examples. Those interested may register here.
Awards include best paper and poster for individuals, students
The 2016 Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition was held in San Antonio in February. The following awards were presented during the concluding awards ceremony on Feb. 4, 2016:
AMTA/AWWA MTC16 Best Paper Awards:
Michael Thompson will address engaging employees
Michael Thompson, president of Applied Management Group Inc., will speak at a 2016 WQA Convention and Exposition session entitled, “Empowered Personnel Workshop: The Template for Developing Engaged Employees That Deliver Exceptional Customer Service.” The session will take place on Thursday, March 17, from 8 to 9:50 a.m. in room 102 AB at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. Attendees will learn how to develop a concise description of what outstanding customer service might look like in their businesses and how to cultivate a performance culture that impresses customers.
100% of subjects had detectable levels of at least five endocrine disrupting chemicals in Hackensack University study
A recent study conducted by The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center at Hackensack University Medical Center revealed detectable levels of various environmental chemicals in children. In a study of 50 healthy, prepubescent patients, 100% of subjects had detectable levels of at least five endocrine disrupting environmental chemicals in their urine. Almost three-quarters of these children had detectable levels of eight or more chemicals. The study was published in BMC Endocrine Disorders, Dec. 2015 edition.
The industry is gearing up for the 2016 WQA Convention & Exposition, taking place March 14 to 17 in Nashville, Tenn. In advance of the show, WQP Managing Editor Kate Cline checked in with Water Quality Assn. President Bret Tangley to find out more about what to expect at this year’s convention, as well as the association’s goals and initiatives for 2016.
Kate Cline: What issues will WQA focus on in 2016?
Bret Tangley: WQA will be focusing primarily on four core issues in 2016.