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Shutdown Day 35

Today (1/25), marks Day 35 of the partial federal government shutdown. While this shutdown has lasted longer than many would have predicted back in December, there are some recent rays of hope. While funding votes in the Senate yesterday didn’t pass, leaders in the Senate are talking to each other. Still, it’s hard to predict how long the shutdown will last.

Impacts continue to increase with flights on the East Coast being delayed today due to a shortage of TSA workers. Atlanta is concerned about potential flights delays on February 4th after the Super Bowl.

Impacts on the water sector are starting to build. EPA’s PFAS Management Plan was supposed to be released by the end of 2018 and that didn’t happen. The deployment of SDWIS Prime has been delayed (again). Regulations that were supposed to be proposed in 2019 will be delayed – the perchlorate proposal has a court deadline of April 30, 2019, and the Long-Term Revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LT-LCR) was scheduled to be proposed in spring 2019. The impacts on the water sector will increase as the shutdown continues.