Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2013 - (Page 37)

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). * Naegleria Fowleri related information for drinking water systems  - from the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Department of Health, Western Australia. * TMDL program not working in small and rural communities  - see Marcellus New York and 50 other NY communities. * NRWA annual conference features premier §1926(b) expert panel - Bear Creek,  Mississippi lead attorney Jim Herring and Circuit Court veterans Steve Harris and Louis Rosenberg. *  House committee releases a water bill without WIFIA provision - Perhaps in response to state agencies' concerns about WIFIA, and because the current SRF is a superior method of funding water projects versus the new proposal. Some state associations are in contact with their state agencies to assist. We are determining how WIFIA comports with NRWA funding principles.  * NRWA considering opportunities on how to allow communities use inventories of lead brass fixtures - that are to be prohibited after January, 2014 under the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act. Communities may have thousands of dollars in already purchased inventory. If you feel this type of relief is needed, please let us know.   * New air emissions rules to complicate use of emergency generators in emergency demand response programs. * EPA's new NPDES electronic reporting - EPA's recent webinar and PPTs (EPA). * EPA looking to initiate FACA committee to craft new lead and copper rule - EPA's drinking water advisory council meets next month in Washington. One of the major agenda items at that meeting will likely be a new proposal to initiate a federal advisory panel to assist EPA with developing a new Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). NRWA typically is represented on these EPA panels for developing new rules, and we hope to be included in any LCR panel. Some of the controversial issues that will be confronted by the panel include: requiring water systems to replace service lines owned by homeowners, changing the monitoring scheme which may result in more communities violating the 90th  percent standard, requirements to provide homeowners with filters or point of use treatment, how water systems finance homeowners' service line replacement, etc. Please forward any comments you may have on these issues. * EPA water quality plan seeks to apply lessons from Florida nutrient legal battle - released on September 4 and open for comment, the EPA proposed rule would clarify when EPA triggers a Clean Water Act (CWA) provision that requires the agency to promulgate new standards when the administrator "determines" that a state's existing rules do not meet CWA standards. The new policy could make it more burdensome for environmentalists to successfully sue states and force implementation of numeric nutrient criteria - like in Florida. * Wastewater trading for NPDES/TMDL compliance  - Recently, a rural water member on the east coast informed us of a mandated nutrient trading scheme contained in their new NPDES permit. The permit includes requirements for the city to obtain measurable non-point source nutrient remediation projects in their watershed. The types of projects are named in their permit and mainly relate to local agriculture practices. The projects are to be quantified by a local conservation district at a 2:1 ratio. As expected, the city could save up to 75 percent on NPDES compliance cost associated with their watershed TMDL and reduce nutrient loading in their watershed more than double the conventional treatment compliance option. Why is this trading option not being utilized in hundreds of other communities facing extreme burden in TMDL compliance costs where the trading option would be far less costly and provide greater environmental protection (Mora NM, Marcellus NY,  Fairfield  OH, the entire  Chesapeake Watershed in NY, Montana, Colorado,  Illinois, Rhode Island, etc.)? * New York Times: Chlorine disinfection has its limits - "Chlorine-based disinfectants destroy harmful cellular organisms that cause illness - eliminating Fourth Quarter 2013 * 37 http://www.ruralwater.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2013

FROM THE PRESIDENT
STANDING IN THE GAP
RETIREMENT READINESS
LOVING LOUISVILLE: THE 2013 H2O-XPO IS A HIT
WATER/WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING
GO PAPERLESS!
BEAT THE CHILL
REGULATORY UPDATE
THROWING MY LOOP
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ ADVERTISERS.COM
FROM THE CEO

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