Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2012 - (Page 24)

Regulatory Update BY MIKE KEEGAN, NRWA ANALYST THE FOLLOWING ARE summaries of recent articles covered on NRWA’s Washington 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 the NRWA Regulatory Committee, please let us hear from you (keegan@ruralwater.org). Unnecessary reporting requirements – the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to finalize a new rule to reform the Total Coliform Rule later this summer. NRWA participated in the negotiations to rewrite the rule with EPA and other stakeholders. Part of the negotiated reforms is the elimination of direct public notice for certain violations of the current TCR rule (for violations of total coliform monitoring). We look forward to the implementation of this rule, and the corollary relief, later this year. Additionally, NRWA is looking at a similar effort to modify the current notification requirements for violations of the Total Organic Content (TOC) rule and Disinfection By-Products (DBP) rules to eliminate any notification that results in a misleading or confusing message to the public. Thank you to Kansas Rural Water Association for raising the issue of TOC public notification to the NRWA Regulatory Committee. Privatization – many water interest groups are promoting tax breaks and more governmental programs for private water supplies to help promote water infrastructure and additional funding. However, West Virginia Rural Water Association recently fi led an Amicus brief with their state utility commission detailing how corporate water is limiting service to rural populations due to economic conditions but retaining handsome profits, saying, “West Virginia and its local governments have, through reasonable reliance on explicit and implicit promises made by the defendant [private water company], abandoned many publicly owned utilities and thus tendered the public wealth and management prerogative to the private, investor-owned private utility.”  TMDL Reality – as states implement their total maximum daily load programs (TMDL), rural water members are finding that TMDL enforcement is resulting in economic burden in disadvantaged communities and a diminution in environmental protection. In January, a New Mexican journalist featured the challenges of Mora Mutual Water and Sewer Association that serves hundreds of households around Mora, N.M., a small river-valley community 24 • First Quarter 2012 on the eastern slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The feature explained how, due to a TMDL, “the EPA will soon revoke Mora Mutual’s permit to discharge into the river, leaving two choices: Build a new treatment plant a half-mile from the river that would treat wastewater less stringently than the EPA requires and let it percolate into Mora’s groundwater – the community’s only source of drinking water – or abandon the system’s subscribers to septic tanks.” http://www.ruralwater.org http://www.nrwa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2012

FROM THE PRESIDENT
FIVE TRENDS SHAPING THE FUTURE OF HUMAN RESOURCES
BEING JULIA CHILD: MAKING THE MOST OF THE OPPORTUNITIES IN RURAL WATER
FROM DITCH TO DESK: THE PATH OF SUCCESS FOR A PROFESSIONAL IN OUR INDUSTRY
WATER UNIVERSITY GRADUATES
PRIVATE SECTOR ON-THE-JOB TRAINING
TAMING THE RIVER
REGULATORY UPDATE
THROWING MY LOOP
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ ADVERTISERS.COM
FROM THE CEO

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