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REGULATORY

Regulatory
Update

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The following are summaries

of 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 the NRWA
Regulatory Committee, let us hear from
you by emailing Mike Keegan at keegan@
ruralwater.org.
A thought on the Lead and Copper
Rule (LCR): On January 8, NRWA
President Steve Fletcher represented
NRWA in EPA's formal consultation on
"Federalism" for rewriting the LCR. In
response to a national drinking water
contamination crisis of chemical toxins
in New Orleans' drinking water in the
1970s, Congress reacted by passing
new environmental regulations that

usurped local governments' authority
over the safety of their drinking water
with a new federal regulatory authority.
Forty years later, we witnessed the city
of Flint's drinking water crises, where
the federal regulatory bureaucracy was
unable to prevent the crises, unable to
tell us what level of lead in drinking water
was safe or not safe, and unable to tell
us if Flint violated the federal lead rule
while delivering alarming amounts of lead
to citizens in their water in a situation
in which nobody is able to be assigned
blame. The confusion of responsibility
for Flint has resulted in all Americans
subsidizing Flint's water supply to the
detriment of funding their own water
supplies. As EPA considers revisions to the
LCR, many voices are claiming the solution
is to further expand federal agency control
over local governments (i.e. democracies).

Utah, Kansas, Mississippi and
Florida Rural Water Associations
urge senators to help persuade
EPA to allow mandatory Tier 2
EPA violations to be posted to the
internet versus the current mandate
for individual mailings: The four state
associations were in contact with their
Senators asking them to urge the new
Environmental Protection Agency to
clarify or acknowledge that the Agency's
"electronic delivery" policy applies
to federally mandated "Tier 2" public
notices. In 2015, Senator Wicker inquired
about such regulatory relief to the EPA but
they did not directly answer the Senator's
concern regarding Tier 2 notices and the
status quo remains in place. The state
associations are optimistic that a "new"
inquiry to the current EPA administration
may result in a different reply.
RURAL WATER

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ANDREA IZZOTTI/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

BY MIKE KEEGAN, NRWA ANALYST


http://www.ruralwater.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018

From the President
When Rural Water Systems Combine
Peer-to-Peer Networking
Cheboygan, Michigan Adopts Level Service Goals for Water Department
NRWA President Steve Fletcher: Rural Water’s “Man for All Seasons”
Rural Water Rally 2018
State Rural Water Association Profile
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Regulatory Update
Up the Creek: The Ongoing Story of Our Life
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Intro
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - bellyband1
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - bellyband2
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - cover2
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - When Rural Water Systems Combine
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Peer-to-Peer Networking
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Cheboygan, Michigan Adopts Level Service Goals for Water Department
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 27
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - NRWA President Steve Fletcher: Rural Water’s “Man for All Seasons”
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 31
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Rural Water Rally 2018
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 33
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 35
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - State Rural Water Association Profile
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 37
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 39
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Up the Creek: The Ongoing Story of Our Life
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 45
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - cover3
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