The Environmental Protection Agency has sent a proposal to the White House for review that would regulate two types of PFAS in drinking water under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The EPA said the proposal would not be made public until the White House finishes its review, which could take several months.
Negotiators in the House and Senate have reportedly achieved a compromise on PFAS in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act and hope to finalize the bill by Friday. Sources say the final NDAA will designate two types of PFAS hazardous, rather than the entire class, and subject them to cleanup under the Superfund law.
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Part of the former Revere Copper and Brass site in southwest Detroit, which was subcontracted under the Manhattan Project and later constructed uranium rods, collapsed into the Detroit River, raising uranium and radiation concerns. Some drinking water intake lines for the City of Detroit are just downriver from the site.
Officials in the Indian state of Punjab have agreed to form the Punjab Water Regulation and Development Authority, which will monitor groundwater depletion and make recommendations regarding extraction and use. The agency will also offer guidance on water conservation, recycling and reuse.
Evidence of progress addressing erosion at Little Traverse Bay may lead the city of Petoskey, Mich., to forgo a project to engineer designs and emergency construction on Bayfront Park East. Erosion in the area had approached a sewer line, but the city may now wait to see how matters develop over the winter and re-evaluate in the spring.
The Dona Ana County Flood Commission in New Mexico and the US Army Corps of Engineers are preparing to sign an agreement that will advance a $12.7 million dam project. The project, which will receive federal, state and local funding, seeks to reduce annual flooding in the village of Hatch caused by stormwater runoff.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation's Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan will be up for public discussion at a meeting set for Dec. 30 in Mankato. The plan is designed to meet MS4 requirements for curbing runoff pollutants.
River flooding due to climate change, along with population growth, could force up to 50 million people annually to flee their homes by century's end, according to a study by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center in Geneva. "We expect even more extreme weather in the future, so it's imperative that we understand the magnitude of future risk, what's driving it, and what we can do about it," study author Justin Ginnetti said.
Organizations should be thinking about how they can redeploy employees to value-creating work and not just cut jobs to save money, write Deloitte's John Hagel and Jeff Schwartz and consultant Maggie Wooll. "All workforce initiatives should answer the question, 'How does this enable us to identify and create new sources of value and meaning for our customers over time?' " they write.
The Effective Utility Management Workshop Series, sponsored by WEF, will continue in 2020. New workshops will focus on providing utilities with materials to help address challenges and capture improvement opportunities. Consisting of four workshops, the first taking place in Georgia on March 18, this series will include materials such as the Effective Utility Management Primer. Find more resources to support EUM implementation here.
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