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the issue that would allow a provision to
remain in the legislation if it made the
following changes. For water systems with
repeat violations:
* remove any new regulatory authority for
mandating consolidation,
* remove the preference for consolidation
to be a compliance solution versus other
locally preferred compliance options,
* allow for the local community to select
their preferred compliance options, and
* provide that the new authority provided
to the state regulator includes the
discretion only to require a consolidation
assessment conducted by the water
system or State Rural Water Association
to determine if consolidation is feasible
if there is not an option of alternative
compliance (including a variance or
exemption) and after mandate that
states must find that the "repeat"
violation presents a risk to public health
and provide options for access to a
variance or exemption.
Rural Water to reject calls for
Safe Drinking Water Act Maximum
Contaminant Level (MCL) for
Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl
Substances (PFAS): Numerous
stakeholders have recently called the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
to set a federal regulatory standard (MCL)
under the Safe Drinking Water Act for
the PFAS class of manmade chemicals
that includes perfluorooctanoic acid
(PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate
(PFOS), GenX and many other chemicals.
Lawmakers, community groups across
the country, environmentalists and states
have pressured EPA in recent months to
take action, including setting a national
standard to ensure "regulatory certainty"
to address PFAS in a growing number
of drinking water supplies as well as at
contaminated sites. In the absence of a
federal standard, many states are adopting
their own standards, creating a variety of
cleanup levels for drinking water systems
and responsible parties at contaminated
waste sites across the country.
On May 25, the NRWA Regulatory
Committee convened to craft association
policy for a number of active policy issues
including PFAS issues. The Regulatory
Committee unanimously adopted a
policy recommendation that NRWA urge
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a national Safe Drinking Water Act MCL
for PFAS and instead urge for alternative
federal initiatives to "assist" communities
dealing with PFAS contamination. In
identifying the new policy for NRWA, the
committee included the following findings:
* MCLs are regulatory enforcement
levels for local governments that may
result in fines and what is actually
needed in affected communities is
funding for treatment, monitoring
assistance, onsite technical assistance
for emergency operations, credible
public health information, emergency
access to safe drinking water and locally
supported solutions.
* The Safe Drinking Water Act's
mechanism of levying federal fines on
local consumers for violations of MCLs
is not a helpful solution for small and
rural communities adversely affected by
PFAS contamination.
* The federal government should identify
at what level PFAS becomes unsafe in
drinking water or acknowledge whether
such a determination is possible.
MCLs are not based on public health
levels, but rather are determined by
what a large metropolitan community
can "feasibly" afford. There is a level
authorized in the Safe Drinking Water
Act for EPA to identify a health base
level, the so-called "unreasonable risk
to health" level.
* Most communities impacted by PFAS
will be small and rural communities.
* Local governments are not responsible
for PFAS contamination and responsible
parties should be held accountable
for remediation, treatment and
providing alternative sources of safe
drinking water.
Power of an association, May's
Rural Water accomplishments:
Wyoming Senator Barrasso announced his
bipartisan America's Water Infrastructure
Act "manager's package." In the
manager's package:
* Inclusion of Senators Wicker and
Heitkamp's Clean Water Act technical
assistance bill.
* Exclusion of the private water
industry and large water systems'
"Partnerships" proposal to consolidate
small water supplies. NRWA cautioned
the Senate on the proposal, and so did
Food & Water Watch.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018

From the President
Infrastructure and Rural Water
Rural Prosperity Through Infrastructure, Partnerships and Innovation
Building Your Reserves to Plan for the Future
Rural Water Loan Fund Helps Small System Repair Well After Lightning Strike
State Rural Water Association Profile: Kansas Rural Water Association
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Regulatory Update
Case Study: Screw Pumps Provide Treatment Plant with Efficient Alternative
Up the Creek: The Secret of Longevity
Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Intro
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - bellyband1
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - bellyband2
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - cover2
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 3
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 6
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 7
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 8
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 9
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Infrastructure and Rural Water
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 13
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 14
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 15
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 16
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 17
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Rural Prosperity Through Infrastructure, Partnerships and Innovation
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 19
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 20
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Building Your Reserves to Plan for the Future
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 23
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 24
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Rural Water Loan Fund Helps Small System Repair Well After Lightning Strike
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - State Rural Water Association Profile: Kansas Rural Water Association
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 28
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 29
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 32
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 33
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Regulatory Update
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 37
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 39
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Case Study: Screw Pumps Provide Treatment Plant with Efficient Alternative
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 43
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 44
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Up the Creek: The Secret of Longevity
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 46
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 47
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - From the CEO
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