Posts by Alan Roberson

ASTHO Releases New Drinking Water Preparedness Report

ASTHO Releases New Drinking Water Preparedness Report

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) recently published a new report on the state of water preparedness. This report is based on the results from a 2018 survey of state and territorial directors of public health preparedness and environmental health.

Shutdown Day 21

Shutdown Day 21

Friday, January 11, marks Day 21 of the partial federal government shutdown. This ties the record set in December 1995 for the longest funding gap in the modern era of federal budgets. Today (1/11) also marks the day that some 800,000 federal workers will miss their first paycheck. Assuming a deal isn't reached today (which isn't very likely), Saturday, January 12 will set a new record. Every day the shutdown continues beyond January 12 will continue to set a new record.

NH Proposes Lower Arsenic Drinking Water Standard

NH Proposes Lower Arsenic Drinking Water Standard

Last Friday (1/4), the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) submitted a report to its legislature that recommended lowering...

Senate Confirms Head of CEQ and Another EPA Assistant Administrator

Senate Confirms Head of CEQ and Another EPA Assistant Administrator

During the last few hours of the 115th Congress on January 2nd, the Senate approved Mary Neumayr to lead the...

Shutdown Day 14

Shutdown Day 14

Today (Friday, 1/4), marks Day 14 of the partial federal government shutdown. Like the stock market, predicting how long this...

Reminder of EPA Extension to WIIN Lead Testing Grants Deadline

Reminder of EPA Extension to WIIN Lead Testing Grants Deadline

Between Christmas and New Year’s, EPA extended the deadline to February 11th for submission of the letters of intent to...

Study Estimates Dental Costs from Water Fluoridation Cessation in Juneau, Alaska

Study Estimates Dental Costs from Water Fluoridation Cessation in Juneau, Alaska

A recently published study estimated the dental costs from water fluoridation cessation in Juneau, Alaska. In 2007, Juneau voted to...

Budget Gridlock Continues

Budget Gridlock Continues

While traffic in Washington, D.C., has been light this week (minimal gridlock) due to the holidays and the Capitol Christmas...

2018 Retrospective on EPA & National Drinking Water Regulations

2018 Retrospective on EPA & National Drinking Water Regulations

For EPA and national drinking water regulations, 2018 has been relatively quiet compared to other environmental programs at EPA such...

Farm Bill Signed by the President

Farm Bill Signed by the President

Late Thursday (12/20), the President signed a $867 billion (that’s billion with a “b”) Farm Bill. Many of the components...

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