Regulatory

Vermont Regulators Order Review of Gas Pipeline

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont utility regulators are asking for an investigation into the construction of a 41-mile natural gas pipeline. In an order issued on Wednesday, the Public Utilities Commission noted that Vermont Gas Systems has already agreed to an outside review of its construction prac..

EPA Announces New Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the availability of funding that could provide as much as $5.5 billion in loans for water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Prospective borrowers seeking WIFIA credit ass..

Virginia Regulators Raise Constitutional Questions About New Utility Law

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – State regulators are questioning whether a new electric utility overhaul recently approved by lawmakers may be unconstitutional. The State Corporation Commission issued a ruling Monday raising the possibility that a new utility-backed law may unfairly disadvantage out-of-state ..

EPA Chief Draws Trump Praise — and Ire

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is offering measured support for Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency chief whose deregulatory efforts make him one of the most consequential Cabinet members. But Pruitt, who is at the center of swirling ethics questions over his travel spending ..

Could Enemies Target Undersea Cables that Link the World?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian ships are skulking around underwater communications cables, causing the U.S. and its allies to worry the Kremlin might be taking information warfare to new depths. Is Moscow interested in cutting or tapping the cables? Does it want the West to worry it might? Is there a mo..

Water Resources Plan for Southeastern Michigan Adopted

DETROIT (AP) – The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments general assembly has adopted a plan aimed at protecting the region’s water resources. The plan emphasizes the importance of integrated management of water resources to advance tourism, recreation, economic development, protection of natur..

Michigan City Works to Deal with Disinfection Byproduct in Water

CASEVILLE (AP) — Michigan officials say a community along Lake Huron is working to make its drinking water meet government standards. WNEM-TV reports recent tests found that the city of Caseville’s water system had levels of a disinfection byproduct called trihalomethane that slightly exceeded st..

New York Municipalities Receive $615,000 in in Lake Ontario Flood Relief Funds

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the Town of Newfane and the Village of Barker in Niagara County have been awarded $615,083 in Lake Ontario Flood Relief funds to support restoration resiliency efforts following last year’s flooding and to protect the community from the damage of fut..

Report: California’s Regulated Water Utilities Invested More than $645 Million on Infrastructure in 2017

According to an analysis by the California Water Association (CWA), the state’s largest regulated water utilities invested more than $645 million in 2017 into improving and upgrading the infrastructure that delivers water to the communities they serve. CWA represents 100 water utilities regulated b..

US Government, Montana County Make Deal over Water System

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. government has asked a judge to approve an agreement with Beaverhead County to upgrade a small Montana community’s drinking water system after years of finding excessive contamination and numerous monitoring failures. The Department of Justice filed the proposed agreem..

Lake Erie Monitoring Study Shows High Phosphorous Levels

The Ohio EPA today released its Spring 2017 Western Lake Erie Tributary Water Monitoring Summary, which shows high levels of phosphorous are still headed to Lake Erie. Exacerbated by wet weather, the total phosphorus load in the Maumee River was elevated to more than twice the required reduction tar..

Teen Rescued After Fall into Drainage Pipe at Los Angeles Park

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 13-year-old boy who fell into a drainage pipe during an Easter outing at a Los Angeles park was rescued alive early Monday after an overnight search of the underground system, authorities said. The boy spent at least 12 hours in the system before he was found. “We located Jesse..

Court Denies Hawaiian County's Plea to Reverse Wastewater Ruling

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — An appeals court denied Maui County’s request for a full-panel review of its Feb. 1 decision that the county pumped treated wastewater into injection wells at its Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility for more than three decades, thereby violating the Clean Water Act. “We’r..

New York Governor: Maintain or Increase Lake Ontario Outflows

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a letter to the U.S. Chair of the International Joint Commission (IJC) requesting that the entity maximize outflows from the Lake Ontario system to reduce the flooding risk for New Yorkers living and working along the shoreline. The letter was issued in advan..

FERC Denies Pipeline’s Request for More Time to Cut Trees

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal commission denied a request Wednesday from developers of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline to continue cutting down trees along the project’s route beyond an initial deadline designed to protect birds and bats. Dominion Energy, leading percentage owner of the natur..

Kentucky Auditor Examining Troubled Broadband Project

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s auditor is investigating the state’s troubled broadband project, but the report won’t be finished before lawmakers must decide whether to keep funding a venture that is years behind schedule and costing taxpayers millions of dollars in delays. Auditor Mike Har..

Vermont Gas Agrees to Independent Review of Pipeline

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gas Systems has agreed to an independent review of a pipeline project to address allegations of safety shortcuts. The company says it is confident in the integrity of the Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline, which was completed last year, but wants an outside expert ..

Minnesota Town Shuts Down Well, Water Tower

LAKE ELMO, Minn. (AP) — The Washington County community of Lake Elmo has shut down a municipal well and one of its water towers because of elevated levels of a chemical once discharged by the 3M Company. City officials say new information from state health officials about excess levels of perfluoro..

New York City Completes $71 Million Sewer and Water Infrastructure Upgrade Project

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Vincent Sapienza and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Acting Commissioner Ana Barrio today announced that construction has been completed on a $71 million infrastructure upgrade project in Flushing, Queens, that will ..

Atlanta to Receive Funding to Address Flooding, Improve Combined Sewer System

During Atlanta’s 17th annual Parks and Greenspace Conference, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms today announced that the city will be the first municipality in the country to be awarded a publicly-offered Environmental Impact Bond (EIB) for green infrastructure projects. Through a creative-financing op..

ETP Mariner East Liquids Pipe Spills More Fluid in Pennsylvania

(Reuters) – Pennsylvania environmental regulators on Monday issued another notice of violation to Energy Transfer Partners LP’s Sunoco Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline for releasing drilling fluids into a wetland. The company told the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (..

Virginia Regulators OK Key Mountain Valley Pipeline Step

OANOKE, Va. (AP) — Virginia environmental regulators have approved a key step forward for the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline. The state Department of Environmental Quality announced late Monday that it has approved erosion, sediment and storm water control plans for the natural gas pipeline..

FERC: Rover Pipeline Restoration Activities Not Completed by Deadline

Because of a failure to satisfactorily complete restoration activities at two compressor stations associated with the Rover Pipeline Project, FERC today ordered Energy Transfer Partners to file an account within the next two days detailing why such activities were not finished within the committed t..

Lawmakers Wary of Cost to Fund Kentucky Broadband Project

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Sending inmates to private prisons and building a high-speed internet network dominated the second day of budget talks Monday as lawmakers sought to resolve initial disagreements on how to spend more than $70 billion in public funds over the next two years. Lawmakers agreed to..

New Administrator Chosen for Louisiana Utility Commission

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s state utility regulatory agency has a new top administrator, chosen from within the agency’s ranks. The Louisiana Public Service Commission chose Brandon Frey to be its executive secretary, a position that oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency. Frey h..

Equipment Failure Causes Oregon Sewer Spill

MONMOUTH, Ore. (AP) – Officials say about 1.3 million gallons of partially treated sewage went into the Willamette River after an equipment failure at the city of Monmouth’s waste water treatment facility. The Statesman Journal reports that the city of about 10,000 people located near Salem waited ..

NTSB: Dallas Natural Gas Leaks Reported Some 2 Months Before Fatal Blast

DALLAS (AP) — A preliminary federal report indicates natural gas leaks were first detected in a Dallas neighborhood nearly two months before another leak led to a house explosion that killed a 12-year-old girl. The report released Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board says leaks in the..

Records: Virginia State Police Spent Nearly $50K on Pipeline Hearings

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Documents show Virginia State Police spent nearly $50,000 on personnel and equipment during public meetings on state permits for two controversial natural gas pipelines. The documents, obtained through a public records request and provided to The Associated Press, outline the a..

President Trump Signs Bill Preserving WaterSense Funding

In a victory for consumers, water utilities and water conservation advocates, the EPA’s WaterSense program will be funded at fiscal year 2017 levels until Sept. 30, 2018, as part of a $1.3 trillion government spending bill passed by Congress and signed today by President Donald Trump. Reflecting a ..

New York Awards $500,000 in Funding to Study Ice Jams and Flooding on Mohawk River

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to undertake a $500,000 flooding and ice jam study of the main-stem Mohawk River corridor. The study will analyze storm and ice-jam flood mitigation needs in high-risk areas and include recomm..