Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2013 - (Page 35)

Regulatory Update BY MIKE KEEGAN, NRWA ANALYST THE FOLLOWING ARE summaries of recent articles covered on NRWA’S Washington, DC, 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). NRWA and the Senate Tax bill – The Leadership of the Senate Finance Committee has begun a legislative push to simplify the tax code by asking all senators to identify what tax breaks, deductions and credits should be kept. All Senators have until July 26 to produce their so-called pardon list. NRWA will be pressing for retention of current tax-exemptions for municipal bonds and extending the similar tax-exemption for USDA guaranteed loans. We expect the corporate water industry to press for taxexempt status for private activity bonds, which the New York Times calls “a stealth subsidy for private enterprise”. Feds report and warn of cyberattacks against critical infrastructure – for the first half of 2013. U.S. Rural Utilities Service announces $917,221 for non-profits to lend to household water well systems. EPA’s new guide on emerging wastewater treatment technologies – the guide lists new technologies, assess their merits and costs and provide sources for further technological investigation. The document is intended to serve as a tool for wastewater facility owners/utilities, operators, planners and consultants. Rural Water In-Service in Colorado Spr i n g s – N RWA’s r e ce nt a n nu a l In-service conference brought together all the technical field staff of state associations. After attending the presentations of a number of circuit riders, training staff, on-site technical assistance providers, and source water technicians, one can safety conclude that this assistance is the most important contribution to safe, clean water and wastewater, prevention of source water contamination, compliance, security and emergency response of all efforts that exist. “We’ve been hauling our drinking water for 20 years” – the ball started rolling three years ago with a visit to the Kansas Rural Water Association. NRWA met with Elmer Ronnebaum and Rita Clary. Without their help, we defi nitely wouldn’t have this project. The water main project is funded through the KAN STEP program, a program that involves ‘sweat equity’ from local residents to make improvements to facilities that might otherwise be unfeasible. Fracking pollutes – drinking water wells near natural gas fracking sites were six times more likely to be contaminated than others, finds a new study the National Academy of Sciences. White House cybersecurity plan – NIST has released their draft outline of the Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework called for by the President’s Executive Order on reducing risks to the nation’s critical infrastructure (NIST Draft Outline). The outline defines the overall framework and provides guidance on its usage. NIST is accepting comments on the outline. EPA removes NPDES permit exemption from pesticide application over water – in the Federal Register – the action is a result of federal court decision in 2012. Private water hubris – a private water company representative made the following comment regarding a water main break in DC: “Your current dilemma only supports the argument for a good, e.g., investor-owned, utility that has a replacement program in place for aging infrastructure. It is this replacement program (and property and income taxes) that are really the only reason that the investorowned utilities are unfavorably compared to the tax-payer supported utilities, which so often neglect infrastructure replacement and the costs for doing so, when it comes to rates. I will leave it to the taxpayer funded utilities to rebut these statements (I am certain that there are those that can, that they are in the minority, and I applaud them), but a ‘proof’ of my belief is your current situation.” Third Quarter 2013 • 35 http://www.ruralwater.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2013

FROM THE PRESIDENT
KILOWATT REMINDERS
POWERING PROGRESS
PROJECTS THAT START IN RURAL AMERICA TOUCH THE LIVES OF ALL AMERICANS
WHAT DOES RURAL MEAN?
PROTECTING THE LAND
THE POWER OF AN ASSOCIATION
REGULATORY UPDATE
OLD CONSERVATION IDEA STILL IN VOGUE
THROWING MY LOOP
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ ADVERTISERS.COM
FROM THE CEO

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