The House Energy and Commerce Committee has advanced a package containing 11 bills that would increase the Environmental Protection Agency's oversight and monitoring of PFAS. If the package is approved, the EPA would have to set limits for PFAS in drinking water, include the substances in the Superfund law and develop new regulations for the testing, disposal, clean up and production of PFAS.
The Trump administration has released an agenda that shows it will continue its push for deregulation in 2020, with plans to release its final New Source Review rule in March, finalize its Waters of the US repeal in January and regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances under the Safe Drinking Water Act. "By creating a climate of regulatory certainty, we're able to breathe new life into local economies around the country," said Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
The Defense Department says more military sites are likely contaminated by PFAS than the 401 it initially reported. The Pentagon is confirming the sites and is expected to share an interim report on PFAS contamination later this month.
The Beaver County, Pa., Conservation District board voted to turn its wetland permitting program over to the state until the Department of Environmental Protection reinstates its erosion and sediment permitting power. The two powers need to go "hand-in-hand," said board President Mike Price.
A project to remove an aging dam in Warren County, N.J., has received $96,400 in federal funding through the Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund. The removal of the dam, originally built in the 18th century on the Musconetcong River, will help mitigate flooding upstream, said Alan Hunt, executive director of the Musconetcong Watershed Association.
Peoria, Ill., built a stormwater farm and zero-runoff streetscapes on its disadvantaged South Side to reinvest in the community as it worked to fix problems with sewer overflow. The green infrastructure efforts are also providing job-training opportunities to young people not currently in school or employed.
The Florida Department of Health has awarded a $200,000 grant to Florida Gulf Coast University to study harmful algal blooms. The university's Water School will work with Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute to figure out how algal blooms affect human health.
Leaders need to set a "commander's intent" that gives team members a clear sense about why a task is important, what it will result in and where the boundaries are, writes Scott Eblin. "Remember, that although you're not giving explicit directions, you are providing clear direction," he writes.
The IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition 2019 will take place Dec. 1 to 5 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The 2019 theme is Sustainable Solutions for Emerging Economies. Thomas Kunetz, WEF Immediate Past President, will present on resource recovery focusing his case study on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. The Congress is solutions-focused and encourages knowledge exchange and generation of new ideas.
The National Stormwater Symposium, held March 15 to 17 in Cincinnati, brings together stormwater management experts, innovators and professionals for powerful education aimed at deepening technical knowledge and providing a forum to discuss today's most important stormwater issues. Register by Feb. 7 to get the super saver rate.