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NRWA Recap BY MIKE KEEGAN, RURAL WATER ANALYST ThE FoLLoWINg aRE summaries of recent articles covered on NRWA'S Washington, D.C., homepage (www.ruralwater.org). For more information, or the original documents for any of these summaries, please visit the home page. If you have a comment or position that you would like to be considered by the NRWA Regulatory Committee, please let us hear from you by emailing Mike Keegan at keegan@ruralwater.org. NRWA  policy  creation:  All NRWA  policy  is created by the NRWA Board of Directors and is typically initiated by NRWA committees made up of board members and state association executive directors. The NRWA Regulatory Committee convened on June 20, 2015 in Washington DC to review a number of active policy issues and craft a number of policy positions that will be referred to the full NRWA Board of Directors. Issues considered by the Committee included: NRWA's seat on the National Drinking Water Advisory Committee,  Lead and Copper Rule Revisions,  EPA's Nutrient Programs,  WOTUS, Disinfection Byproducts Rule, Water Privatization,  Fluoridation,  7 USC Section 1926(b), etc. The committee will consider any  policy  suggestion from any member of a state rural water association.  Cost savings to RWA members: A priority of the current Regulatory Committee Chairman (from New York Rural Water Association) is to demonstrate and document the cost savings to member communities of NRWA  policy  initiatives. Some recent examples include:  Consumer Confidence Reports e-delivery =  $126,000,000 (annually),  Revised Total Coliform Rule =  $25,678,187 (annually), and Non-regulatory Federal Cybersecurity Policy = $146,629,000 . The NRWA Regulatory Committee identified some new policy initiatives to advance to further save members funding including: e-delivery of Tier II public notices, elimination of inhome sampling for lead and copper, 34 S T R E A M L I N E * W i n t e r 2 0 1 5 and stopping the EPA from regulating storage tank inspections. New Policies Crafted by Regulatory Committee: New policy measures the committee approved include: * Raise eight concerns with the current version of a new Lead and Copper Rule using NRWA's representative on the EPA advisory committee.  * Support a limitation on federal regulatory authority of  water  systems'  water  quality to the terminus of the distribution system; the property line of the customer - the private property of the costumer). Some stakeholders in the Lead and Copper deliberations are advocating for the water utility, in some cases, to be responsible for service line on the customer's property. * Provide a statement to EPA opposing new regulatory authority for inspections/standards of storage tanks. This has been proposed by EPA. * Determine if the new WOTUS rule extends federal authority beyond the Supreme Court's delineation in their most recent (Rapanos) case. * Have unregulated contaminant monitoring results be made publicly available but not part of the consumer confidence reports. * Nominate three NRWA representatives to EPA's advisory committee considering changes to their Risk Management Plans' program. * Support Senator Wicker's effort to provide relief under the Stage II Disinfection Byproducts Rule. * Oppose (with statement) EPA's recent decision to release sensitive water utility location data to the Internet. * Reiterate NRWA's position that the decision to fluoridate drinking water should be made at the local community level. * Support local community authority in rate-making determinations. This is a reaction to a popular policy trend in DC to have wealthier customers pay more than others. What is NRWA doing for members? At the recent In-Service conference attended by all state association staff, a prominent and highly respected state association executive director asked this question. He was asked this by his board of directors during a conversation of membership dues. In addition to this Power an Association  pamphlet, Kansas Rural Water Association featured an article in their magazine with a comprehensive compendium of NRWA policy activities. If any member of any association has a suggestion for any policy initiative, please contact us. EPA negotiating panel releases new draft of lead and copper rule revisions: NRWA's representative on the EPA committee negotiating revisions to the LCR, John Sasur from Mass Rural Water Association, will attend a twoday negotiating session on the issue. The NRWA Regulatory Committee met to review the proposal and identified eight concerns with the draft: new requirements for record keeping, new water quality parameter testing, confusing health effects conclusions, new public notice requirements, possible expanded copper compliance, requirement to remove all lead service lines, new expanded testing, and the need for additional technical assistance. http://www.ruralwater.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Winter 2015

From the President: Performance Evaluation
From the Executive Director: Save the Date!
Professional or Job Holder: Which Will You Be?
Emergencies: Do You Have A Plan?
Finding Your Way
Hearing Protection – Keep Your Employees Safe
Coal
Economic Opportunity: USDA Rural Development/Virginia
Rate Setting – It’s Easy?
Chronic Leaks
NRWA Recap
Throwing My Loop: Fresh Water
Booster Club
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
2015-2016 Membership Directory
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
VRWA Members Corner
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com

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