Regulatory

Wisconsin Senate Passes Bill to Ease Lead Pipe Costs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate has passed a bill designed to help Wisconsin homeowners cover the cost of replacing lead pipes. The bill passed Tuesday would allow public water utilities and local governments to provide grants, loans or both to property owners to help them replace portions of..

Florida Quietly Worked Out Deal to Cap Fees in Water Wars

TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida has worked out a deal to cap the amount of money that will be paid to law firms hired to help the state in its long-running water war with Georgia. Some Republican legislators last year complained about the escalating costs — which began to rise sharply after the state to..

Mountain Valley Pipeline Clears Another Regulatory Hurdle

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The federal government has approved preliminary construction for parts of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in West Virginia. The 300-mile natural gas pipeline would also run through parts of southwestern Virginia if it’s fully approved. The Roanoke Times reported Monday that the Fed..

Wisconsin Senate to Take up Lead Pipe Bill Again

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate is set to put the finishing touches on a bill designed to help Wisconsin homeowners cover the cost of replacing lead pipes. The would allow public water utilities and local governments to provide grants, loans or both to property owners to help them replace por..

Ohio Regulators Award Nearly $3.5 Million for Sewer Project

In projects financed with loans worth approximately $3.5 million from the Ohio EPA, Perry County will install a sanitary sewer system in Moore’s Junction and study the feasibility of establishing a storm water utility in the village of Crooksville. The Moore’s Junction project involves constructing..

Tests Show Pittsburgh's Water Still Exceeds Federal Lead Standards

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) today released the results from its most recent compliance testing for lead, which show the utility’s water system still exceeds federal standards. According to the company, the 90th percentile results from the December 2017 testing were 21 parts per ..

Nearly $11 Million Awarded for Texas Sewer, Water Projects

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved more than $10 million in financial assistance for the following water and wastewater system projects: $700,000 to the Holiday Beach Water Supply Corporation for a Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery project, which includes replacing sections ..

Officials Delay Hearings on Thornton Water Pipeline Project

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — County officials have delayed public hearings after requesting additional information on a pipeline project that would transport water from a northern Colorado river to a Denver suburb. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports Larimer County officials requested additional mate..

FERC Approves PennEast Pipeline

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today issued an Order under section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act approving the construction of the PennEast Pipeline. The approval comes two weeks after a severe regional cold spell that forced natural gas prices in New Jersey to skyrocket 31 times abo..

Virginia Lawmakers Propose Major Electric Rate Regulation Overhaul

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — New utility-backed legislation in Virginia would mean lower monthly bills in the short term but would still allow electric monopolies to charge rates that currently produce excessive yearly profits of hundreds of millions of dollars. A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a..

Environmental Groups Challenge Key Approval for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A coalition of community and environmental groups has filed a legal challenge to Virginia regulators’ decision to grant a conditional water quality permit for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The groups filed a petition Thursday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals i..

Vermont Officials Urge Residents to Check Well Water After Floods

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont health officials are warning residents about possible water contamination following flooding in the region. The state health department tells WCAX-TV residents using private wells should monitor their water quality. Health officials say standing water from flood..

Water Quality Initiative Announced for Minnesota Watershed

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has announced a public-private partnership to help improve water quality and fight flooding in the Cedar River watershed in southern Minnesota. It’s a collaboration among the department and CFS Cooperative, Land O’Lakes, Hormel Foods, t..

South Carolina Regulators Reviewing Farms Water Use

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) – Environmental officials in South Carolina are worried about how much water large farms are using. The State newspaper reported the Department of Health and Environmental Control is looking to limit the amount of water that is removed from groundwater tables in Lexington and s..

Legislative Deal Reached in Washington Water Dispute that Stalled New Construction

SEATTLE (AP) — Top state lawmakers have reached a deal on a rural water dispute that has held up approval of more than $4 billion in new school and other construction projects for months, officials said Thursday. Rep. Larry Springer, a Kirkland Democrat, said that top Republican and Democratic lead..

Milwaukee Ends Contracts with Sewer Contractor After Racist Displays

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee officials are terminating two contracts with a construction company whose employees were photographed displaying a Ku Klux Klan sticker and openly brandishing firearms in a majority black neighborhood. The Milwaukee Common Council passed a resolution Wednesday that ends t..

Navy to Pay for Water-Filter System for Washington Town

COUPEVILLE, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Navy will pay for a filter system to protect a Washington town’s water supply from chemicals found in firefighting foam used at a nearby airstrip. The Seattle Times reports the initiative is part of a broader Defense Department nationwide effort to track pollution ..

US Withholds Hurricane Emergency Loan Sought by Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A billion-dollar emergency loan approved by Congress to help Puerto Rico deal with the effects of Hurricane Maria has been temporarily withheld by federal officials who say the U.S. territory is not facing a cash shortage like it has repeatedly warned about in recent mon..

$3.7 Million Awarded for Sewer, Water Projects in Ohio

The Ohio EPA has awarded approximately $3.7 million in low-interest loans to improve sewer and water systems across the state. The projects receiving funding include: $2.37 million to the City of Marion to reduce combined sewer overflows and improve water quality in the Little Scioto River. The ..

Pennsylvania Water Treatment Operator Agrees to Surrender Certifications

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today it has entered into a consent order and agreement with J. Robert DeSandis of Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County to surrender his operator certifications as a Water and Wastewater Systems Operator. DeSandis has admitted to su..

FERC Approves Avista, Hydro One Merger

Hydro One Limited and Avista Corporation have received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on the companies’ merger application filed on Sept. 14, 2017. “This marks another important milestone in bringing together Hydro One and Avista,” said Mayo Schmidt, President and CEO..

California Governor Proposes One-Tunnel Water Plan

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is scaling back his troubled plans to redo California’s water system, releasing a new proposal that would build only one tunnel to ship water from Northern California instead of two, and put Southern and central California water agencies directl..

10 Massachusetts Communities Share Water Grants

BOSTON (AP) — Ten Massachusetts communities are sharing nearly $400,000 in state grants to improve drinking water or improve wastewater treatment facilities. The grants administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection were announced last week. Department Commissioner Martin..

Future Floods to be in Mind as California Town Rebuilds

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — After power and drinking water return, and cleanup crews haul away the last of the boulders and muck that splintered homes like a battering ram, the wealthy seaside hideaway of Montecito, California, will start rebuilding with the possibility of another catastrophic flood in..

Pennsylvania DEP to Take Over Allegheny County Drinking Water Inspections

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced that effective Feb. 1, 2018, DEP’s safe drinking water program will resume inspection responsibilities for the 66 public drinking water systems in Allegheny County. Since the mid-19..

Federal Regulators Deny Constitution Pipeline Water Permit Petition

On Jan. 11, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied Constitution Pipeline Co. LLC’s petition to overturn New York’s denial of a water quality certification for the Constitution Pipeline, an approximately 125-mile natural gas pipeline that will connect Susquehanna County, Pennsyl..

Residents with Tainted Water Supplies Plan Statehouse Rally

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of an upstate New York village whose water supply has been contaminated plan to hold a demonstration in Albany to call for a new source of clean drinking water. Organizers say many Hoosick Falls residents will be joined by union members and environmental protection adv..

Ohio Water Projects Receive $2.2 Million

The Ohio EPA has awarded approximately $2.2 million in low-interest loans to improve two water systems across the state. The projects receiving funding include: $20,170 to the City of Toronto to develop an asset management plan for the city’s public drinking water system. Once completed, the ass..

$22 Million Awarded for Sewer, Water Projects Across Texas

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved more than $22 million from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Clean Water State Revolving Fund for the following construction projects: $16.71 million to the city of Princeton, which includes installing 1,000 linear feet of pipeline..

Indiana Water Well Field Proposed as EPA Cleanup Priority

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Federal officials are considering adding a well field in central Indiana to the national Superfund list for cleanup. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management referred the Wheeler well field in Anderson to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for long-term cleanup..