Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2012 - (Page 31)

Regulatory Update BY MIKE KEEGAN, RURAL WATER ANALYST , THE FOLLOWING ARE summaries of recent articles covered on NRWA’s Washington 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). BOR rural water report – The construction of eight rural water supply projects could drag on another 50 years and double in cost to more than $4 billion combined because of low funding levels from Congress, the Bureau of Reclamation warned in a report. From 1980 to 2007, Congress directed Reclamation to undertake 11 water supply projects in rural areas. Four have been completed. The remaining are in various stages of completion and are now estimated to cost $2.6 billion to finish, up from their original total cost of $2 billion. Reclamation is accepting public comment on report for 60 days. Fracking groundwater contamination – There is a high risk of contamination of groundwater by methane from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, a new study suggests. Methane could flow through natural pathways that link the Marcellus deep underground to aquifers. Cybersecurity update – Congress is running out of time to pass cybersecurity legislation before a catastrophic attack happens, the chief of U.S. Cyber Command said Monday. Army General Alexander, head of Cyber Command and the National Security Agency (NSA), said Congress needs to enact cyber legislation that ensures threat information sharing between the federal government and businesses and that sets up security standards for companies that own the vital computer networks. “While we have the time, we should enact those things we need to ensure our security before a crisis,” Alexander said. EPA is to release new class of drinking water contaminants with potential endocrine-disrupting effects under its Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program. Some pesticides must undergo a second round of testing. Congress mandated that EPA create a program to screen chemicals for their ability to interact with and disrupt human hormones. Florida NNC controversy continues with a defensive provision included in Florida’s plan to limit EPA modification – Florida included language in their numeric nutrient criteria that seeks to block the rule from being implemented if EPA revises or amends it during its review, providing a “poison pill” that could complicate the agency’s response. If approved, Florida’s rule would be one of the fi rst numeric state criteria for nutrient pollution and a model for how the agency plans to address other states’ plans to limit low dissolved oxygen levels and other water impairments. Florida’s DEP sent its fi nal water quality criteria revisions to EPA Region IV for review. Environmentalists Third Quarter 2012 • 31 http://www.ruralwater.org http://www.naylornetwork.com/nrw-nxt3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2012

FROM THE PRESIDENT
RURAL WATER: AN INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE
CURRENT CHALLENGES TO THE RURAL WATER INDUSTRY
CREATIVE FINANCING TOOLS TO FUND WATER INFRASTRUCTURE
REGULATORY UPDATE
THROWING MY LOOP
NATIONAL REGISTRY OF WATER UNIVERSITY GRADUATES
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ADVERTISERS.COM
FROM THE CEO

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