Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2014 - (Page 49)

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). WIFIA update from New York Rural Water's executive director Pat Scalera who attended a recent EPA meeting on WIFIA to stand up for small and rural communities. Pat commented that the majority of the financial people in attendance did not see how this would benefit small systems, even if they were grouped together as EPA suggested. EPA asked the state SRF representatives if they would consider putting together projects for consideration for WIFIA. EPA stated that some states ask large cities to take SRF loans to show broad coverage to larger systems. Both New Jersey and New York representatives said this was not the case. NRWA and Food & Water Watch Comment on WIFIA - the two groups filed comments. The comments note that the private water lobby's proposal to allow SRFs to underwrite WIFIA is contrary to the Congressional authors' intent to minimize governmental funds in WIFIA projects, also noting that WIFIA allows for eligibility of federal water funding subsidies to "corporations." In other federal programs that provide subsidies (taxpayer monies) to private corporations, the recipients are subject to executive compensation restrictions. The federal standards include the requirements for the adoption of an excessive or luxury expenditures policy (entertainment, sports boxes, events, etc.), and federal review and approval of compensation payments and compensation structures applicable to highly compensated employees. The groups ask EPA to consider if a similar review is necessary for corporations that are WIFIA recipients. The comments note that the SRFs have the capability of offering lower interest rates than WIFIA and that the Agency is limited in any Environmental Justice assessment of the WIFIA program for economically disadvantaged communities because WIFIA proscribes the most economically disadvantaged communities from being eligible for funding. Lead and copper rule revisions - we recently covered the resistance to NRWA's advocacy to move away from attap lead sampling. Moving away from tap sampling for copper has received a more favorable response. The new construct for copper proposes that non-corrosive waters would not be required to test for copper, corrosive waters would be required to either reduce corrosivity or conduct at-tap sampling that results in low copper levels to avoid corrosion control. The tap sampling would be in homes more likely to detect copper like new construction. NRWA and AWWA will be conducting a survey to determine if this Fourth Quarter 2014 * 49 http://www.ruralwater.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2014

From the President
Cyber Security for Busy People
10 Ways Technology Is Changing the Future of Water
Innovation and Improvements: Grady County Water District #6
A Donation to Make a Difference: Hd Supply Waterworks Donates Waterstep’s M-100 Portable Water Purification Systems
Why I Rally!
Success in Seattle: Waterpro 2014
National Rural Water Association’s Awards of Excellence
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/ advertisers.com
From the Ceo

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