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Senator Cardin open to recrafting
legislation after meeting with
NRWA Regulatory Committee on
December 4: Maryland Senator Ben
Cardin's office expressed interest in
modifying the small communities'
provision of his legislation (Low-Income
Water Customer Assistance Programs
Act of 2017) to extend direct water
bill subsidies to consumers following
comments from the Regulatory
Committee.
Is the new EPA softening federal
environmental enforcement by
respecting states?
* EPA is defending its decision to
work with Alabama on improving
the state's Clean Water Act (CWA)
permitting program rather than
revoking the state's authority to issue
discharge permits as environmentalists
had sought, arguing the CWA
provides broad discretion in how
to respond to such petitions and
that requiring automatic withdrawal
proceedings is contrary to cooperative
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environmentalists' petitions seeking
withdrawal of Alabama's permitting
authority in the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the 11th Circuit.
* At a December 5 American Law
Institute seminar, EPA enforcement
officials said they want states to take
the lead as part of a push to give
local officials co-regulator status. A
Waterkeeper attorney countered that
deferring to states will draw more
lawsuits from advocacy groups.
* The EPA is urging state regulators
to consider taking the lead on
environmental cases within their
boundaries, according to EPA's
deputy assistant administrator for
enforcement and compliance assurance
at the seminar.
* A recent Region 7 letter to Missouri
says EPA officials will reduce
oversight of the state's enforcement
efforts, which could signal a broader
administration push to defer to states
with delegated authority. The EPA
letter states the agency will only
review permits for "legal sufficiency"

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rather than "policy choices," possibly
implying that Obama-era policies were
not based on legal requirements and
are being modified. An Environmental
Integrity Project representative said
"They're basically saying we'll be
lightening up... There's a lot of loaded
language there that is code."
* EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
testified on Thursday before a House
of Representatives committee. Pruitt
explained his agenda to reform the EPA
and better align it with the statutory
authority provided to the agency.
For example, Pruitt said he plans
to propose a new Clean Water Act
Waters of U.S. rule by April that would
provide for more state discretion over
regulation of smaller water bodies
than the 2015 rule enacted by the
Obama administration. In a separate
visit to Iowa on December 1, Pruitt
said in a speech to the state's electric
cooperatives, "A true environmentalist
takes care of the land while using the
bountiful natural resources to raise
food. We need to be partners, not
adversaries, when it comes to these
natural resources."
Illinois and Utah Rural Water
Associations stand up for small
and rural communities and against
allowing state regulators to force
consolidation over community
objections: Illinois Rural Water's
Executive Director Frank Dunmire and
Utah Rural Water's National Director and
NRWA Regulatory Committee Chair Paul
Fulgham recently made presentations
to the House Energy and Committee
staff and the staff of the Committee's
Chairman, Representative John Shimkus
(IL). The two Rural Water representatives
urged the Chairman to drop the
"mandatory consolidation" provision in
the Committee's Safe Drinking Water Act
amendment, HR 3387. The Rural Water
team explained that states currently have
powers of condemnation, emergency
actions, and receivership that provide
for the necessary due process for the
citizens of any community in question.
The Committee's new federal authority
for state regulatory agencies circumvents
current due process to the detriment of
local citizens and governments. ●


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018

From the President
When Rural Water Systems Combine
Peer-to-Peer Networking
Cheboygan, Michigan Adopts Level Service Goals for Water Department
NRWA President Steve Fletcher: Rural Water’s “Man for All Seasons”
Rural Water Rally 2018
State Rural Water Association Profile
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Regulatory Update
Up the Creek: The Ongoing Story of Our Life
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Intro
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - bellyband1
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - bellyband2
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - cover2
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 7
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 9
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - When Rural Water Systems Combine
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 13
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 14
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 15
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 16
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 17
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Peer-to-Peer Networking
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 25
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Cheboygan, Michigan Adopts Level Service Goals for Water Department
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 27
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - NRWA President Steve Fletcher: Rural Water’s “Man for All Seasons”
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 31
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Rural Water Rally 2018
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 33
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 35
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - State Rural Water Association Profile
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 37
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 39
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Up the Creek: The Ongoing Story of Our Life
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - From the CEO
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