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NRWA Recap BY MIKE KEEGAN, RURAL WATER ANALYST LCR NEGOTIATION PANEL Releases Proposed New Rule: The stakeholders' panel negotiating changes to the Lead and Copper Rule has released a straw-man proposal. NRWA's representative on the panel, John Sasur with Mass. Rural Water Association, will be in Washington in two weeks to continue negotiations on the proposal. NRWA is advocating for changes to the rule to make it more reasonable and more protective of public health (NRWA LCR). NRWA to Press for Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act Improvements in the New Congress: NRWA will be pressing three priority policies to reform the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, and federal water infrastructure NRWA Participates in DHS Cyber Protection Forum: On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security sponsored a Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) Malware Outreach Meeting to brief critical infrastructure representatives of recent malware vulnerabilities and for DHS to obtain private sector perspectives and recommendations for potential outreach activities. DHS has been responding to sophisticated cyberexploitation campaigns against U.S. critical infrastructure Industrial Control Systems (ICSs). These campaigns have involved two different sets of malware labeled Black Energy and Havex, both of which appear to be ICS focused. The characteristics of this activity include the use of ICS zero-day vulnerabilities, malicious ICS payloads, and specific targeting of the operations environment across a variety of sectors. During the forum, NRWA urged DHS to craft a basic checklist for actions to protect rudimentary ICSs that could be accomplished and measured in and quickly adopted. It would also allow for targeting of additional technical assistance to communities that are overwhelmed or technically under-resourced. Having water utilities take responsibility for basic protective actions will result in them becoming more educated and more capable and eager to adopt more sophisticated measures. The DHS Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection responded positively to NRWA's suggestion and offered to implement further action. NRWA Reviews Policy for Communities to Charge Wealthier Customers More for Water: After a recent comment by the top EPA water official that water utilities can use a variable rate scheme as a strategy to make "unaffordable" regulations (more) affordable, the NRWA Regulatory Committee and some selected advisers considered the merit of such a policy. The Committee responded with a unanimous sentiment to oppose the idea/policy to the NRWA Board of Directors for adoption. EPA Announces More Regulations: Recently, EPA released its biannual list of upcoming regulations. One proposal on the list is the Finished Water Storage Facility Inspection Requirements Addendum to the Revised Total Coliform Rule. EPA is planning to propose an addendum to the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) to strengthen public health protection by including finished water storage facility inspection (SFI) requirements. EPA is planning to propose and request comment on requirements for public water systems to inspect at least periodically the interior and exterior of their finished water storage facilities and to correct any sanitary defects found. Any potential requirements would apply to all public water systems that have one or more finished water storage facilities. Target date for proposed rule: June 2015. Florida Rural Water Association (FRWA) Executive Director Gary Williams, invited to represent the perspective of small and rural water communities at the EPA form on this topic in October (agenda, FRWA comments, and background of proposal), said, "I still maintain, as I did on the investigative EPA webinar where they judged support and must have felt they have enough to move forward with regulation from support they got from the stacking deck with supporters, that this effort, rule or guidance is not needed. I see this as a states' issue need and action needed. Those States that stated they need EPA to do a regulation so they can adopt and have an easy route to a state rule adoption need to do their jobs in their states if they need a tank program in their state. One size fits all will be unworkable in some states and locations. I can forward my presentation and information provided at the webinar on behalf on Rural Water if it would be helpful." NRWA Urges USDA Rural Utility Service (RUS) to Not Let New Law Harm Their Success: RUS is implementing the provisions of Section 6019 www.vrwa.org 27 http://www.vrwa.org

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

From the President: Power Failure
From the Executive Director: Highlights from 2014
The Sustainability Managed Utility
Communication… Say What?
Flushing Away the Ebola Threat
Hazard Communication Standards – Guidelines for OSHA Compliance
State Water Control Board Approves Controversial Permit
VRWA Said Goodbye to Past Executive Director
USDA Rural Development
The RATES Program
Adequate Rates versus Affordability
NRWA Recap
Debt Refinancing: An Alternate Source of Capital
How the Cloud is Revolutionizing the Future of Water Utility Management
Southern Corrosion Supports Victory Junction
Throwing My Loop: Call Me Anytime
Wastewater Math
Booster Club
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
VRWA Mailbag
New Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/ Ad.com

Streamline - Spring 2015

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