New Resource to Help States & Tribes Improve Public Hearings About Water Quality Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) released a new resource to help States and Tribes maximize participation, simplify implementation, and reduce costs associated with hosting public hearings related to adopting new or revising existing water quality standards (WQS). “Public participation is an important part of decision making on water quality standards,” says David Ross, USEPA Assistant Read More

USEPA Awards $3.9 Million to Research PFAS Challenges & Health Impacts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is awarding approximately $3.9 million through two grants for research that improves understanding of human and ecological exposure to per– and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment. The research is expected to help provide additional information about PFAS to Federal, State, Tribal, and local officials, as they work together Read More

Guidance Issued on Clean Water Act Permitting Requirements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has issued guidance clarifying the application of Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting requirements to groundwater. USEPA’s Interpretative Statement concludes that Congress excluded releases of pollutants to groundwater from the CWA’s permitting requirements, and instead, left the regulation of those releases to other statutory authorities of the States and USEPA. Read More

USEPA Seeks Input for National Water Reuse Action Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is seeking public input on the development of an action plan to accelerate the application of water reuse as a safe, reliable, and sustainable way to meet the country’s current and future water demands. “To meet the country’s most pressing water resources challenges, EPA recognizes the need for coordinated Read More

USEPA Updates Chemicals List

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has released its first update in 40 years to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory, the list of chemicals that are being manufactured, processed, and imported in the United States. A key result of the update is that less than half of the total number of chemicals on Read More

Water Reuse Action Plan Announced

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently announced the development of a Water Reuse Action Plan that will leverage the expertise of both industry and government to ensure the effective use of water resources in the United States. “The Nation’s water resources are the lifeblood of our communities, and the federal government has the responsibility Read More