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Regulatory Update BY ED THOMAS, NRWA What we can expect from the U.S. EPA — The agency has released their latest semi-annual regulatory agenda. The list includes a description of the actions and schedules for lead and copper, aldicarb, radon, MTBE, perchlorate, radionuclides, total coliform rule, UCMR and the six-year review. Some of the other relevant activities that we can expect follow: • The revised total coliform rule — This rule is being drastically revised based on an advisory panel in which Rural Water actively participated. The revisions will remove the requirement to do public notice for positive total coliform samples and removes the MCL violation. Instead, the system must complete a comprehensive review of the water system to identify what caused the problem. EPA expects to have the proposed rule out late this year and a fi nal rule published in 2012. • NPDES permit requirements for wastewater treatment plants — EPA will develop a notice of proposed rulemaking outlining a broad-based regulatory framework for sanitary sewer collection systems under the NPDES program. The Agency is considering proposing standard permit conditions for inclusion in permits for publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) and municipal sanitary sewer collection systems. The standard requirements would address reporting, public notification and recordkeeping requirements for sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs); capacity assurance, management, operation and maintenance requirements for municipal sanitary sewer collection systems; and a prohibition on SSOs. They plan to have a proposed rule by late 2011. New EPA policy for regulating contaminants — The Agency has launched an aggressive new agenda/policy for how they plan to revolutionize the process used to regulate new drinking water contaminants. The new approach focuses on four principles. EPA is currently collecting ideas from a wide variety of stakeholders for concepts to implement the policy: • Address contaminants as a group rather than one at a time so that enhancement of drinking water protection can be achieved costeffectively. • Foster development of new drinking water technologies to address health risks posed by a broad array of contaminants. • Use the authority of multiple statutes to help protect drinking water. • Partner with states to share more complete data from monitoring at public water systems (PWS). Climate change tops EPA priorities in five-year plan — responding to climate change will be “Goal 1” for U.S. EPA in the next five years, according to a draft strategic plan released by the agency this week. Interestingly, the second goal is to enhance water protection thru heavy use of enforcement. EPA reinforced this priority recently at the Water Utility Council meeting, saying that the Agency is under intense pressure to step up enforcement against water violators. EPA moving forward on a SSO rule — In an effort to address a variety of controversial issues related to socalled wet weather events and to clarify Clean Water Act permitting requirements for sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), the Agency is moving forward with a revised blending policy. EPA is planning a series of meetings in June and July around the country to collect information to fi nalize a policy that was initially drafted in 2003. The Agency has launched an aggressive new agenda/policy for how they plan to revolutionize the process used to regulate new drinking water contaminants. Third Quarter 2010 • 33

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2010

Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2010
From the President
Relationships Don't Just Happen Overnight
Make the Link!
Meet the New Agency Heads!
Legislation is Top Priority in Texas
Legislative Efforts in Arkansas
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Rural Water Utilities Energy and Water Efficiency Program
Regulatory Update
Wrap It Up: Michigan and South Dakota Advertise Quality on Tap!
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2010