Do You Want to Host a Regional WOTUS Roundtable?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and U.S. Department of the Army are calling on communities to propose roundtables to provide input on the regional implications of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) Rule. The regional roundtables aim to inform the work of USEPA and the Army to develop an enduring definition of WOTUS that Read More

Comprehensive National Strategy Announced to Confront PFAS Pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has announced a Strategic Roadmap to confront per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination nationwide. The Roadmap is centered on three guiding strategies: Increase investments in research. Leverage authorities to take action to restrict PFAS chemicals from being released into the environment. Accelerate the cleanup of PFAS contamination. The Strategic Read More

Validated Test for PFAS in Wastewater, Surface Water, Groundwater & Soil Announced

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), published a draft of the first USEPA-validated laboratory analytical method to test for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in eight different environmental media, including wastewater, surface water, groundwater, and soils. A partnership between USEPA and the DoD’s Strategic Environmental Research Read More

USEPA Announces New Wastewater Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has released Preliminary Effluent Guidelines Program Plan 15 (Preliminary Plan 15), which identifies opportunities to better protect public health and the environment through the regulation of wastewater pollution. Preliminary Plan 15 includes three new rulemakings to reduce contaminants including PFAS and nutrients from key industries. The USEPA will initiate the three new rulemakings after concluding several Read More

2020 Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification Rule Implementation Challenges

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the U.S. Department of the Army (Army) issued a joint memorandum regarding implementation of the 2020 Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 Certification Rule associated with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) permits. The USEPA and Army are closely coordinating to address challenges and better empower States and Read More

Next Steps for Waters of the United States

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and U.S. Department of the Army (Army) announced plans for upcoming community engagements to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The USEPA and Army say the agencies are “committed to developing a reasonable, effective, and durable definition of WOTUS that protects public health, the environment, Read More