Infrastructure Package Regains Momentum on the Hill

In a May 27, 2020 press conference, House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) indicated her intention to introduce an extensive infrastructure package, which will include a focus on ‘green’ infrastructure. Both chambers of Congress appear to be ready to begin tackling this issue in earnest this summer. The package is expected to be modeled after the Democratic [...]

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act Passes House and Senate

Updated 6/8/2020. President signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act into law on June 5, 2020. On June 3, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA). The vote was a voice vote and the PPPFA passed without amendment to the U.S. House of Representatives’ version, which passed the House by a [...]

EPA Issues Draft Rule Allowing Public Input on Agency Guidance Development

On May 19, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a draft rule designed to increase transparency through improved public access and input on Agency guidance. This rule, when final, will establish procedures and requirements for how EPA will manage guidance development. It marks the first time EPA is proposing a rule that codifies procedures [...]

EPA Issues Draft Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Nutrients

On May 21, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued draft ambient water quality criteria recommendations for nutrients in lakes and reservoirs. The Clean Water Act (Act) mandates that EPA establish criteria for ambient water quality that accurately reflect the latest scientific knowledge on the impacts of pollutants on human health and the environment. These [...]

New Jersey Sets PFAS Drinking Water Regulations

On June 1, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) published stringent drinking water standards for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) in the New Jersey Register. These chemicals belong to a broader class of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (or PFAS) that are extremely persistent in the environment and have been linked [...]

European Parliament Approves Water Reuse Regulation

On May 13, 2020, the European Parliament approved the Water Reuse Regulation. For the first time, a regulation defines the minimum requirements for wastewater or reclaimed water intended for agricultural irrigation or other purposes. With the goals of limiting use of groundwater and other surface water due to growing water scarcity and promoting the circular economy, [...]

WWEMA Releases Results of COVID-19 Business Impacts Survey

To fully characterize the business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the water treatment technology market, and, more importantly, support our member companies in formulating response strategies, WWEMA conducted the COVID-19 Business Impacts Survey. Additionally, the results from this survey will help WWEMA understand how best to support and advocate for our members during this unprecedented [...]