Regulatory

Virginia Governor Signs Utility Backed Legislation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam has approved legislation that could lead to substantial new additions to most Virginians’ electric bills while making it easier for utilities to build renewable energy projects and improve the electric grid. Northam signed into law Friday legislation that was..

Iowa Regulators to Vote on Changes to Drinking Water Regulations this Month

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources today announced it will vote whether to approve changes in drinking water regulations at a public meeting on March 20, 2018. The proposed changes are designed to increase protection against bacteria in public systems that draw drinking water from groundwater..

Pennsylvania Regulators: Water Quality Not Affected by Manure Spill

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) – About 100,000 gallons of manure have spilled into two streams in Pennsylvania, killing fish in the area but not posing a threat to the water quality. LNP newspaper reports a manure storage facility failure at a farm in Sadsbury Township caused the spill Monday. The state Depar..

Governor Taps Ex-Prosecutor to Lead South Carolina Utility

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s governor has chosen a former top prosecutor to lead the board of state-owned utility Santee Cooper. Gov. Henry McMaster announced Wednesday he has picked former state Attorney General Charlie Condon to fulfill the rest of former chairman Leighton Lord’s ..

Easing Pressure on Louisiana Levees, Raising Environmental Worries

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When an 87-year-old flood control structure is opened northwest of New Orleans, it will lower the flood threat for that city, while raising environmental concerns. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will open part of the Bonnet Carre (BAHN’-eh CARE’-ee) Spillway on Thursday. That w..

Wisconsin Residents Voice Doubts About Lake Michigan Water for Foxconn

STURTEVANT, Wis. (AP) — Dozens of concerned residents and activists asked a Wisconsin agency on Wednesday to reject an application from the city of Racine to draw 7 million gallons of water daily from Lake Michigan for a proposed Foxconn plant. At a public hearing on the request in Sturtevant, many..

Report Shows No Toxins in Memphis Drinking Water Supply

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The public water supply in Memphis, Tennessee, is not affected by high levels of arsenic and other toxins found in monitoring wells at a coal-fired power plant, according to results of an investigation by the Tennessee Valley Authority released Wednesday. However, the re..

Pennsylvania Shuts Down Mariner East 1 Pipeline Because of Sinkhole

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – State regulators are temporarily shutting down a major pipeline after sinkholes in the Philadelphia suburbs exposed the 8-inch-diameter pipe, threatening nearby homes and a rail line. The Philadelphia Inquirer says the Public Utility Commission chairwoman ordered an immediate..

Mexico City: Water Cutoffs in Capital Worsened by Sabotage

MEXICO CITY (AP) –  Mexico City officials say intentional sabotage may be contributing to recurrent water shortages that have caused protests on the streets of the city of 9 million people. In recent weeks, officials have blamed dry faucets in many neighborhoods on everything from power shortages..

12 Vermont Towns Agree to Form Internet Municipality

BERLIN, Vt. (AP) — Twelve Vermont towns have agreed to form a new communications district that will bring high speed internet services to the communities via fiber optic cables. Central Vermont Internet will bring publicly run high-speed interest to the member towns. The proposal to create the mun..

$22 Million Sewer and Water Project in New York City Ahead of Schedule

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection today announced a $21.8 million sewer and water infrastructure project in Southeast Queens is on track to be completed three months ahead of schedule. As part of the project, 4,100 feet of new storm sewers, some as large as nine-feet wide and..

Democrats Would Reverse Some Tax Cuts to Fund Infrastructure

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Senate Democrats, voting against the Republican tax cuts that President Donald Trump signed into law wasn’t opposition enough. Now they have a plan to reverse some of the tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest Americans and put the money instead toward a $1 trillion inf..

Ohio County Receives $3.5 Million for Water Projects

Muskingum County has received $3,507,000 from the Ohio EPA for two projects to extend public drinking water service to 124 residences and businesses in two rural areas in the county. The larger project will construct 66,000 feet of water lines and a 93-foot tall water tank in the Rix Mills area of ..

Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction Could Soon Start on Private Land in Virginia

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Work on a natural gas pipeline in southwestern Virginia could soon begin on private land despite property owners’ objections. The Roanoke Times reports that a federal judge on Friday granted Mountain Valley Pipeline access to the areas. The company gained access through the laws..

New York Governor Orders Review Into Power Failures After Winter Storm Riley

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed the New York State Department of Public Service to conduct a full review into power failures after Winter Storm Riley. Four days after Winter Storm Riley, while power has been restored to more than 280,000 New Yorkers, 74,790 customers still remain wi..

Minnesota Governor Updates Plan for Lowering Nitrate Levels in Water

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has unveiled a revised measure to reduce elevated nitrate levels in water supplies and ensure more Minnesotans have safe drinking water. Dayton and Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson announced the proposal Tuesday after holding 17 public meetings atte..

Great Lakes Advocates to Ask Congress for Water Protections

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – A coalition of Great Lakes advocates is urging Congress to provide funds for cleaning up the region’s waters and strengthening its water infrastructure. Groups representing businesses, industry, environmentalists, cities, states and tribes will make their annual lobbying..

Pennsylvania DEP Sanctions Eurofins QC Lab for Water Testing Violations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will collect a $600,000 penalty from Eurofins, QC (EQC), for violations related to falsified and mishandled discharge water tests and results at their lab in Southampton, Pennsylvania. “DEP relies on accredited, third-party laboratories ..

Corps Recommends Opening Spillway to Divert Mississippi

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A flood control structure upriver from New Orleans will likely be opened Thursday to keep pressure off the levee system that protects the city, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said. Col. Mike Clancy, commander of the Corps’ New Orleans district, told reporters Monda..

High Court: Feds Can Intervene in Texas-New Mexico Water Fight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit pitting Texas against New Mexico and Colorado over access to water from the Rio Grande must be sent back to an arbitrator, also known as a special master, to resolve the dispute, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. Justice Neil Gorsuch noted the federal governmen..

Construction Contract Awarded for Fiber-Optic Network in Kentucky

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has awarded MuniNet Fiber Agency a contract to construct part of the KentuckyWired fiber-optic cable project in Caldwell, Muhlenberg and Hopkins counties. Under the terms of the contract, MuniNet will build approximately 66 miles of the 3,400-mile ultra-high speed cable..

Pennsylvania DEP Issues Permits for Construction of New Natural Gas, Water Lines

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has awarded to Birdsboro Power LLC, DTE Midstream Appalachia, LLC, and the Reading Area Water Authority the permits necessary for the construction of a 450 mega-watt natural gas fired Birdsboro Power electrical generati..

Nearly $17 Million Awarded for Water Projects in Texas

The Texas Water Development Board today approved more than $16 million in financial assistance from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for the following construction projects: $3.56 million to the city of Lawn. The city will use the assistance to cons..

Trump EPA Moves to Roll Back More Clean Air and Water Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration said Thursday it is rewriting Obama-era rules governing pollution from oil and gas operations and coal ash dumps, moves that opponents say will significantly weaken protections for human health and the environment. The changes proposed by the Environmental..

API Supports EPA Decision to Roll Back Obama-Era Clean Air Standards

The American Petroleum Institute (API) today released the following statement in support of the EPA’s amendments to its oil and gas air emissions standards and the proposed withdrawal of EPA’s 2016 emissions guidance (Control Technique Guidelines). “We welcome EPA’s technical modifications to its N..

HDD Activities OK’d at Another Nexus Gas Transmission Site

FERC has approved Enbridge’s request to move ahead with construction at the Tuscarawas River horizontal directional drill (HDD) site associated with the Nexus Gas Transmission Pipeline. Last month, the commission approved HDD construction activities at the following 11 sites along the project: W..

Public Hearing Set in Ohio Concerning Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Changes

Ohio EPA today announced it will hold a public hearing on March 6, 2018 concerning proposed changes to lead and copper rules for public water systems. These changes incorporate a new law that ensures homeowners get the timely public notice they deserve whenever high levels of lead are found in drink..

New York Awards Nearly $226 Million for Broadband Projects

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $225.5 million in NY Broadband Program Round III grants have been awarded to communities throughout the state. The awards will drive $385.5 million in broadband infrastructure and support connections for nearly 129,000 locations and were awarded as p..

New York Approves New Drinking Water Treatment Technology

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the State’s Department of Health has conditionally approved New York’s first use of a technology known as Advanced Oxidative Process (AOP) to remove 1,4-dioxane from drinking water. This approval was given to the Suffolk County Water Authority t..

Water Districts Challenge Judge in Navajo Settlement

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Water districts in northern New Mexico sought to disqualify a state judge Tuesday and overturn a major settlement with the Navajo Nation in a simmering dispute about rights to water from the San Juan River. A motion filed with the New Mexico state Court of Appeals seeks to dis..