Monthly Archives: January 2013

Consideration of Affordability and Flexibility: Is EPA Really Committed?

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a memo to its regional offices tentatively outlining a plan to consider how much a community can actually afford when assessing their efforts to meet Clean Water Act obligations. EPA issued the memo, in part, in response to pressure from communities across the United States […]

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“Flushable” Wipes: Clogging Fewer Pipes?

Since my initial post on "Flushable" Wipes, Clogging Pipes, there have been several new developments in the "War on Wipes."  NACWA has continued to work with the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) to address problems caused when wipes and other products that flushed into the sewer system. In July […]

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Utility Resiliency a Critical Part of Sandy Relief Package

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote tomorrow (Jan. 15) on the second installment of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Request for Hurricane Sandy Relief. The package includes funding to help water and wastewater utilities in New York and New Jersey build resiliency against future natural disasters. The Senate will vote on this installment […]

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New Year, New Stormwater Rule?

Recently, NACWA submitted a letter to EPA outlining the Association’s thinking on key issues related to the post-construction stormwater rule under development. The submittal of the letter is timely, as EPA is preparing to move into the final phases of rule development. Under the Agency’s current plan, a draft of the rule is expected for […]

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2012 Ended in Victory—Looking forward to a Terrific 2013

As the New Year begins, we’re excited to have ended 2012 on a high note with two key victories for NACWA and our public agency members. At the end of December, NACWA learned that the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) petition seeking to have the Agency expand the definition […]

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