USEPA Continues Progress Under PFAS Action Plan

As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) extensive efforts to help communities address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the PFAS Action Plan, the USEPA released the Systematic Review Protocol for five PFAS toxicity assessments for a 45-day public comment period. The assessments are being developed under the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Read More

SMART Infrastructure Act Introduced

A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives introduced H.R. 4687, the Sustainable Municipal Access to Resilient Technology in Infrastructure (SMART Infrastructure) Act. Proponents say the bill supports innovation and open competition in procurement, allowing the United States to rebuild America’s infrastructure more efficiently. The bill’s supporters say several cities currently have regulations in place that significantly Read More

New Resources Available for Chloride Pollution Reduction

Cities across Minnesota are working to reduce chloride pollution in lakes and streams, by reducing road salt usage or reducing the amount of salty discharges to their wastewater treatment plants. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently announced two new resources to help with these efforts: Suite of model ordinances to regulate deicers Guide for Read More

Proposed Updates to Lead and Copper Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) announced a proposed rule that significantly improves the actions that water systems must take to reduce lead in the nation’s drinking water. The announcement represents the first major overhaul of the Lead and Copper Rule since 1991 and marks a critical step in advancing the Federal Action Plan to Reduce Read More

USEPA & ND DEQ Agree on State’s Self-Audit Law

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to establish procedures and policies for administration of the North Dakota Environmental Audits Law. Under this Agreement, the USEPA recognizes that North Dakota’s self-audit law and policy encourages greater compliance with laws Read More