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2021-05-12EPA Announces $6.5 Billion in New Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects
At an address to water associations, utilities, and their workers to mark Water Week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the 2021 notice of funding availability under the agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program and state infrastructure financing authority WIFIA (SWIFIA) program. These lending programs accelerate investment in critical water infrastructure through innovative and flexible financing that can support a wide range of projects in both large and small communities. “EPA’s $6.5 billion in water infrastructure funding will provide more than $13 billion in water infrastructure projects while creating more than 40,000 jobs,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Today’s announcement illustrates the multiple benefits of investing in water infrastructure—better public health and environmental protection, job creation, and economic development. These benefits would be taken to new heights under President Biden’s American Jobs Plan.” [ full text ]

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2021-05-12Compost Contamination is a Pain Point for Operators
Contamination in compost streams is weighing heavy on processors’ costs, with glass, plastics, and specifically food packaging being among the most burdensome. These and other unwanted materials can be expensive to remove and lower the value of the finished compost product. [ full text ]

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2021-05-12Is Your Source Water in Danger? Invest In An Ounce of Protection
Despite all of life’s adages about the value of preparation (an ounce of prevention…, a stich in time…, failing to plan…), it’s easy for long-range source-water-security planning to be deferred because ‘there’s just not enough time or funding to do it right now.’ But for decision-makers at drinking-water utilities, the consequences of such a missed opportunity or deferred expense can be crushing to a local community and its economy. With the stakes of compromised water quality being so high, here are some helpful insights and incentives on why and how to improve that planning sooner rather than later. [ full text ]

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2021-05-12EPA Announces Plan to Update Toxics Release Inventory to Advance Environmental Justice
EPA announced that it will be taking important steps under the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) to advance Environmental Justice, improve transparency, and increase access to environmental information. The comprehensive plan includes expanding the scope of TRI reporting requirements to include additional chemicals and facilities, including facilities that are not currently reporting on ethylene oxide (EtO) releases, and providing new tools to make TRI data more accessible to the public. TRI is a resource for learning about annual chemical releases, waste management, and pollution prevention activities reported by nearly 22,000 industrial and federal facilities. Improvements include expanding reporting to include natural gas processing facilities in the list of industry sectors covered by the Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), adding PFAS and additional TSCA high-priority substances to TRI reporting, developing a demographic profiling section for TRI search tools, launching a Spanish language website, and promoting the use of Pollution Prevention (P2) community tools. [ full text ]

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2021-04-20EPA Announces $67 Million Grant Program to Help Communities Manage Stormwater
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $67 million in grant funding through the new Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant program. This funding will support public health and environmental protections by helping states and cities improve stormwater management to address sewer overflows and reduce pollution that can flow into local waterways. [ full text ]

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2021-04-20EPA Releases Updated PFBS Toxicity Assessment After Rigorous Scientific Review
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing an updated toxicity assessment for perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS), a member of a larger group of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Today’s PFBS assessment is part of EPA’s commitment to restore scientific integrity to all of the agency’s actions and increase the amount of research and information available to the public on PFAS chemicals. [ full text ]

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2021-04-20EPA Releases Updated Tool to Help Communities Protect Recreational Waters
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an improved web-based app to help communities identify potential sources of pollution to recreational waters. This science-based and data-informed tool empowers communities and supports engagement in local decisions in protecting the health of swimmers and recreators from contaminants at lakes, rivers, and beaches while supporting the vitality of water-based economies. [ full text ]

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