Friday , 22 June 2018

May 30, 2018 E-News

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Improve Rural Water Infrastructure in Wisconsin:  U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today introduced legislation to fund critical water infrastructure projects in rural Wisconsin communities. The Rural Water Infrastructure Improvements Act would reauthorize and expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) grant and loan program that provides funding to states, local governments and tribes for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage and solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in rural areas.

Wisconsin frac sand sludge spill reaches Mississippi River:  Wisconsin officials were testing for environmental and health hazards Thursday after an accident at a frac sand mine sent millions of gallons of sludge into waterways, tinting them orange as the thick plume traveled downstream into the Mississippi River.

White House, EPA Sought To Block Report On Water Contaminants:  Emails show that the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency tried to delay a report on chemical pollutants due to fears of a “public relations nightmare.”  The chemicals detailed in the study are the same that contaminated about 100 private wells in the Peshtigo area late last year.

Nothing Certain In Search For ‘Regulatory Certainty’ At EPA:  As Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has moved to roll back a sweeping array of Obama-era regulations he’s relentlessly cited his goal of providing “regulatory certainty.”

Democrats say they would repeal Act 10 if they unseat Gov. Scott Walker:  The Democrats running for governor are pledging to end GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s union restrictions, while Walker is promising to veto any changes to Act 10 if he wins re-election and Democrats take control of the Legislature.

 Rural Water to Reject Calls for Safe Drinking Water Act Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS):  The Regulatory Committee unanimously adopted a policy recommendation that NRWA urge Congress and the EPA to resist a call for a national Safe Drinking Water Act MCL for PFAS and instead urge for alternative federal initiatives to “assist” communities dealing with PFAS contamination.

 Quote:  “Water is to me, I confess, a phenomenon which continually awakens new feelings of wonder as often as I view it.”-Michael Faraday

Due to National In-Service in Tulsa, there will be no news next week.


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