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NRWA Recap BY MIKE KEEGAN, NRWA ANALYST 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 homepage. If you have a comment or position that you would like to be considered by NRWA Regulatory Committee, please let us hear from you emailing Mike Keegan at Keegan@ruralwater.org THE FOLLOWING ARE Virginia Tech professor who discovered toxic lead levels in Flint's drinking water said he finds a federal aid bill for the Michigan city as "just spreading (money) around to many different government agencies, who frankly...don't even have Flint's best interests at heart," according to a Heritage Foundation blog (Heritage Foundation News). NRWA Regulatory Committee Standing Up for You: The committee recently released its policy memorandum to the newly chartered Congressional panel for federal regulation reform. The committee identified "a number of federal regulations that could be modified or reformed to improve and enhance federal water regulations for small and rural communities...We hope you can implement modifications to current EPA regulatory policy to improve the national water program, enhance public health and better protect the environment." Regulations selected for reform by the committee include: Tier 2 public notices, EPA enforcement policy, total organic carbon percentage removal, point of use technology, sensitive water treatment plant location data more readily available public access via the internet, new initiatives to enhance source water protection, cyber security implementation in water utilities, unregulated contaminant monitoring, regulation of storage tanks, watershed pollution 42 S T R E A M L I N E * S u m m e r 2 0 1 6 trading policy, affordability and environmental justice, lead and copper rule revisions, and emergency generators and peak shaving programs. Hawai'i Rural Water Association (HRWA) Receives Congressional Certificate of Commendation: The association received the award from Representative Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan of the Northern Mariana Islands for "outstanding contributions to response and recovery of the Northern Mariana islands to Typhon Soudelor." HRWA Executive Director Mahana Gomes said, "I'm very proud of our team. Our Circuit Rider, Jason Zufelt, was on the ground for 11 days assisting the recovery." Zufelt said, "I suggested isolating different villages to keep water in the storage tanks. It made it easier to charge the system over a small area instead of a larger area, and it helped isolate leaks." Flint, D.C. Politicians Trying to Take Advantage of Flint Crisis: The New England Governors Ask EPA Guidance on PFOA: In a joint letter, the governors of Vermont, New York and New Hampshire urge EPA "to expeditiously review the best available science on this contaminant, and provide uniform guidance to states that our health and environmental officials can use in accessing the safety of our drinking water." EPA has established a provisional short-term health advisory value 0.0004mg/L. Each of the three states behind the letter has been dealing with PFOA contamination of public water supplies and/or private wells above the EPA's health advisory level, with the contamination of water supplies becoming a deep concern for their communities. New York is spending $10 million to install 1,500 private well water treatment systems to plan for a new water system in one community. Flint Water Hero Takes to CSPAN to Blame EPA on the Same Day (Feb 29) EPA Announces New Lead Policies: Virginia Tech's Dr. Mark Edwards (engineer) appeared on C-Span to talk about EPA's Lead and Copper rule. Dr. Edwards: complimented Michigan Governor Snyder; referenced George Orwell and Arthur Miller to characterize http://www.ruralwater.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2016

From the President: Life’s a Dance
From the Executive Director: Drum Roll Please...
VRWA’s 2016 Conference Highlights
VRWA Says “Until We Meet Again
System Efficiency and Production: Time for a Change???
Confessions of the Chronically Late
OSHA’S Recordkeeping Rule
Lead
Revenue and Reasonable Rates
Spoofed!
When and How to Use Piping Restraints
Retaining Operators: Is it Really Just About $$?
NRWA Recap
What is WaterPAC?
Note from Myrica Keiser, Executive Director, VRWA
Throwing My Loop: The Secret to Creativity
VRWA Members Corner
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Mail Bag
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com

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