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2021-02-24Regulatory Freeze Pending Review
MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES FROM: Ronald A. Klain Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff SUBJECT: Regulatory Freeze Pending Review The President has asked me to communicate to each of you his plan for managing the Federal regulatory process at the outset of his Administration. In order to ensure that the President’s appointees or designees have the opportunity to review any new or pending rules, at the direction of the President, I ask that you immediately take the following steps: [ full text ]

2021-02-24EPA Takes Action to Address PFAS in Drinking Water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued two actions to protect public health by addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, highlighting the agency’s commitment to address these long-lasting “forever chemicals” that can enter drinking water supplies and impact communities across the United States. The Biden-Harris administration is committed to addressing PFAS in the nation’s drinking water and will build on these actions by advancing science and using the agency’s authorities to protect public health and the environment. [ full text ]

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2021-02-04Releases from a Point Source to Groundwater Applying the Supreme Court’s County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund Decision in the Clean Water Act Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Program
On January 14, 2021, EPA issued guidance that clarifies how the Supreme Court’s County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund decision should be applied under the NPDES permit program. This guidance will help clarify when a NPDES permit is necessary under the Clean Water Act. In its decision, the Supreme Court held that a NPDES permit is required for a discharge of pollutants from a point source that reaches “waters of the United States” after traveling through groundwater if that discharge is the “functional equivalent of a direct discharge from the point source into navigable waters.” [ full text ]

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2021-02-04In The Green: Embracing Innovation To Finance The New Localized Water Infrastructure
An uncommon financing model is proving effective at resolving an all-too-common issue throughout the U.S. — underfunded water infrastructure needs. It is a shiny new year and a brand new day in the water sector. An increased focus on water equity and affordability is coinciding with emerging finance mechanisms for unconventional water strategies. This article briefly explores these trends and highlights several communities and utilities leading the way. [ full text ]

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2021-02-04EPA Delivers Results on PFAS Action Plan
On January 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a suite of actions from across the agency that will continue the significant progress the agency has made to implement the PFAS Action Plan—the most comprehensive cross-agency plan ever to address an emerging chemical of concern. EPA has made progress in all of its program areas under the Action Plan, and the agency is helping states, tribes, and local communities across the country target PFAS reductions and protect public health. [ full text ]

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2021-02-03United States Water Use Volumes To Contract 5.1% In 2020
Water use in the United States is forecast to decline 1.1% per year in volume terms through 2024, according to "Water: United States," a report recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports. The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 is expected to reduce water use in power generation and manufacturing establishments due to the contraction in manufacturing shipments and electricity generation. The nation's water use is expected to see a 5.1% annual drop from 2019 levels. Water use in utilities is expected to fall 5.5%, and use in manufacturing and mining will fall 6.2%. [ full text ]