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BY ED THOMAS, NRWA Regulatory Update may not be a man-made phenomenon. And Dr. Jones says that for the past 15 years, there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ a r t ic le -125 0872/C l i mategate -Uturn-Astonishment-scientist-centreglobal-warming-email-row-admitsdata-organised.html) • Climate Gate — Leading climate change scientists emails revealed an effort to suppress data, prevent peer reviewed research, delete files and data, conspire, etc. (http://www. ny times.com/2009/11/21/science/ earth/21climate.html, http://online. wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870 4779704574553652849094482.html) This political and scientific rollercoaster has not changed the administration’s determination to prepare utilities for climate change. The EPA has formed a national advisory workgroup to defi ne what activities a utility should be conducting and utilizing resources to become a “climate ready utility.” The difficulty this group is struggling with is that they will be telling utilities to plan for drought and/or floods, potential changes in water quality OR possibly NO change at all. Despite the uncertainty of the motivation behind becoming a climate ready utility, the group is forging forward. Their recommendations may be available by late 2010. Contaminant candidate list — The EPA is using a recommended approach from leading scientists to select potential contaminants for further regulation. The approach looks at hundreds of thousands of contaminants that could potentially contaminate drinking water sources and screens them down to a THE FIRST YEAR of the new Obama administration is complete. We are in a complex political environment and administration officials are under intense pressure to demonstrate change. Some of the key areas for change will be in the drinking water and wastewater arena. The push is on by the U.S. Congress and by the Obama administration for more stringent laws and regulatory control. Much attention has been focused on climate change, but there are also other significant efforts underway that may be propped up to demonstrate progress. Climate change and “climate ready utilities” — The topic of climate change is going through a tumultuous period. Politically, we are seeing a push for mandatory activities to reduce climate change. However, recently many questions have been raised over the scientific validity of the data used to support a warming earth due to human activity. Of interest in the past several months: • Climate change data was discarded — this data provided the basis for leading research supporting climate change that is used by IPCC as fundamental basis to support warming trends (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/ news/environment/article6936328.ece) • The IPCC chairman withheld scientific findings that did NOT support Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035 (www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/ environment/article7009081.ece). • Dr. Phil Jones (leading climate change professor responsible for lost data supporting much climate change science used by IPCC) conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now and suggests global warming We are in a complex political environment and administration officials are under intense pressure to demonstrate change. Some of the key areas for change will be in the drinking water and wastewater arena. Second Quarter 2010 • 33 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/21/science/earth/21climate.html http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/21/science/earth/21climate.html http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/21/science/earth/21climate.html http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704779704574553652849094482.html http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704779704574553652849094482.html http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article6936328.ece http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article7009081.ece

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2010

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2010
Contents
From the President
Energy Reduction Planning for Utilities
Energy Efficiency
Using the Water Bill to Foster Conservation
Regulatory Update
Rally Wrap Up
Water University for Utility Managers
Rhapsody in Rural Water
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers
Advertisers.com
From the CEO

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