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Laboratory and Field Response

December 7, 2018      Security     

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LabNext week EPA is hosting a webinar entitled Preparing for Sampling and Analysis in Response to Distribution System Contamination Incidents. This webinar will focus on laboratory and field response capabilities to  contamination incidents and will cover the following:

  • Analytical Methods
  • Priority Contaminants
  • Emergency Response Sampling kits
  • Field Testing Equipment

More detailed information on this webinar can be found here.

Preparing for Sampling and Analysis in Response to Distribution System Contamination Incidents

DATE:                       December 11, 2018           

TIME:                        1:00-2:00PM (Eastern)

REGISTER:              Click here


Congress Approves Two-Week Stopgap Funding Measure

December 7, 2018      National Drinking Water Headlines     

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On Thursday, December 6th, a two-week continuing resolution was passed by voice vote in the House and Senate that should avoid a partial government shutdown at midnight on December 7th. Friday’s deadline for a potential partial government shutdown was extended due to the national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday which threw a bit of a monkey wrench in the funding negotiations. Congress has now until midnight on Friday, December 21st to pass the last six appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 19), with expected contentious negotiations over the next couple of weeks for the funding of the border wall.


New Mexico Issues Violation to Air Force for PFAS Contamination

December 6, 2018      National Drinking Water Headlines   ,   

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New Mexico recently issued a violation to the Air Force for groundwater contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). This violation spells out several items that were unsatisfactory in the Air Force’s response to the state’s concerns. PFAS problems across the country continue to increase, and New Mexico has now been added to the many states that are grappling with PFAS contamination and trying to figure out what to do and next steps.


Save the Date: DMUC 2019

December 4, 2018      National Drinking Water Headlines     

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DataPlease mark your calendars now for the 2019 Data Management Users Conference (DMUC) to be held in Atlanta, GA on July 22-25, 2019.  The conference will be located at the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown, 275 Baker St NE.  Preliminary plans are for a full conference session on all four days (no separate Monday training).  We have not yet set up registration for the DMUC, but for planning purposes, the room rate will be $149.  There is no registration cost for the conference itself.
ASDWA will again provide some limited travel support for states to attend the DMUC.  More information on travel support and a preliminary agenda will be distributed early next year.  As DMUC information becomes available, it will be posted to ASDWA’s Events website.
Please share this information with anyone in your organization that might want to attend the conference.  We hope to see you all in Atlanta in July!


Save the Date: DMUC 2019

December 4, 2018      SDWIS Prime     

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Good afternoon SDWIS User Community – 

DataPlease mark your calendars now for the 2019 Data Management Users Conference (DMUC) to be held in Atlanta, GA on July 22-25, 2019.  The conference will be located at the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown, 275 Baker St NE.  Preliminary plans are for a full conference session on all four days (no separate Monday training).  We have not yet set up registration for the DMUC, but for planning purposes, the room rate will be $149.  There is no registration cost for the conference itself.
ASDWA will again provide some limited travel support for states to attend the DMUC.  More information on travel support and a preliminary agenda will be distributed early next year.  As DMUC information becomes available, it will be posted to ASDWA’s Events website.
Please share this information with anyone in your organization that might want to attend the conference.  We hope to see you all in Atlanta in July!


ASDWA/EPA Data Management Users Conference (DMUC): 2019

July 22, 2019           

ASDWA/EPA Data Management Users Conference (DMUC): 2019

Atlanta, GA
July 22 – 25, 2019

The 2019 DMUC will be held in Atlanta from July 22-25, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown (275 Baker St NE).

Please check back for a draft agenda and registration materials in January 2019.


ASDWA Submits Recommendations to EPA for the Fifth Contaminant Candidate List (CCL5)

December 4, 2018      National Drinking Water Headlines     

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On October 5, EPA published a Federal Register notice (83 FR 50364) seeking recommendations/nominations for the Fifth Contaminant Candidate List (CCL5). This notice is part of the five-year cycle for each CCL and represents an opportunity for the public to submit their nominations of chemicals and/or microbes that they might be concerned about to EPA.

Keep in mind that any CCL is the first step in EPA’s regulatory development process. The SDWA statutory deadline for CCL5 is November 2021. The SDWA statutory deadline for the next round of regulatory determinations is in early 2021, and those decisions will be made from CCL4, not CCL5. So any potential national regulations resulting from CCL5 is several years away.

Earlier today (12/4), ASDWA submitted the comments below to EPA’s docket for CCL5. In these comments, ASDWA recommended including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a group on the final CCL5, as well as providing some recommendations for streamlining/optimizing EPA’s regulatory development process. Both of these are important recommendations for EPA to consider when finalizing CCL5.

ASDWA Recommendations for CCL5 12042018 Final

 


Anniversary (Close Enough) of Start of EPA Operations in 1970

December 3, 2018      National Drinking Water Headlines     

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Sunday, December 2nd, marked the 48th anniversary of the start of EPA’s operations. When one steps back and look at the progress that this Agency has made since 1970, it’s impressive. But more work is needed on many fronts. For drinking water, the shift over the past several years from regulations resulting from the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to non-regulatory drivers has created some consternation and confusion. Non-regulatory drivers such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), algal toxins, Legionella, and lead (post-Flint) are now requiring an inordinate amount of states’ time and resources. The public is demanding that actions be taken to address these issues, and states have to respond in some form or fashion to that public pressure.


AWWA Publishes Cybersecurity Report

November 30, 2018      National Drinking Water Headlines     

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Our colleagues at AWWA have published Cybersecurity Risk & Responsibility in the Water Sector.  The 20 page report (available here) describes the escalating cyber threat across the Nation and, in particular, the attention being focused on attacks within the Water Sector.  It goes on to explain the differing levels of risk and potential countermeasures to address them.  The Report acknowledges that many utilities “…lack the resources and capabilities for preventing, detecting and mitigating cyber risk…particularly given the significance of the threat and potential harm.”  The big question for cybersecurity is “how much is enough?”  In response, the Report considers a number of existing preventive and mitigating tools and resources available to the Water Sector.  Finally, the Report offers a logic-based approach for water utilities of all sizes to use in prioritizing cybersecurity solutions.


FY 19 EPA Funding a Moving Target

November 29, 2018      National Drinking Water Headlines     

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Senior House and Senate leaders are less and less certain about the fate of FY 19 appropriations for the seven outstanding measures needed to fund the government.

The latest talk is about extending the current Continuing Resolution (CR) through September 30, the end of the FY 19 Federal fiscal year.  Others believe there’s still an opportunity to move most of the remaining appropriations measures – Interior-EPA, Agriculture, Financial Services, Transportation-HUD, Commerce-Justice-Science, and State-Foreign Operations – before the December 7 expiration of the current CR.  The outlier is the Homeland Security spending bill that includes funding for President Trump’s border wall ($1.6 billion in the Senate or $5 billion in the House measure).

Senate negotiators have said that if they are still in discussion toward the end of next week, there’s a likelihood that they may pass another short-term CR – probably for a week – to give themselves a few more days to complete their work.  If not, look for the year-long extended CR.


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