Tag: Water

Sewage treatment plant

Two Big Water Bills Approved by Senate Committee

On May 6, 2020, the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) unanimously approved—by identical votes of 21–0—two bipartisan bills that, combined, would invest nearly $20 billion in wastewater infrastructure projects and community drinking water improvements.

Details on the New WOTUS Definition

In their just-released final rule, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers (EPA/Corps) provide a definition of the Clean Water Act (CWA) term Waters of the United States (WOTUS) that, the agencies say, is based in the commerce clause of the Constitution.

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EPA Proposes New Lead Trigger Level to Reduce Exposure

The EPA’s new proposal to reduce childhood exposure to lead in drinking water seeks to strike a balance between the need for more protection and the stubborn complexity of the risk. Under the proposal, public water systems (PWSs) would be subject to six new general requirements (which include many more specific requirements), including taking an […]

Energy-water nexus

Inefficiency Plagues the ‘Energy-Water Nexus’

The energy-water nexus is the current phrase used to connote the interdependence of energy and water. The generation of energy requires large volumes of water, mainly for cooling equipment at thermoelectric fossil fuel and nuclear power plants; much less water is needed for renewable energy, such as wind and solar.

EPA Revisits Water Quality Trading Policy

For the first time since it issued its Water Quality Trading Policy (Policy) in 2003, the EPA appears to be taking consequential steps to encourage broader use of a practice that seems highly attractive at first glance but that has been constrained because of how the Policy was written and how stakeholders have interpreted it.

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California Proposal Offers Broader Water Protections

In its proposed replacement definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS), the EPA emphasized that one of its goals was to “strike a balance between Federal and State waters and carry out Congress’ overall objective [in the Clean Water Act (CWA)] to restore and maintain the integrity of the nation’s waters in a manner […]