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May 28 2015

USEPA Finalizes Proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule

After months of reviewing the more than one million public comments on the Waters of the U.S. rulemaking, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) officially finalized the rule that will establish new standards to determine when waters are subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act. 

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May 27 2015

FTC Reaches Agreement with Wipes Manufacturer

According to an FTC complaint, Nice-Pak, Inc., the worlds leading producer of wet wipes, violated the FTC Act by misrepresenting that a certain formulation of its wipes are safe for sewer and septic systems, break apart shortly after being flushed, and are safe to flush. As part of the settlement agreement, Nice-Pak agreed to not claim that its moist toilet tissue is safe for sewer and septic tanks unless it has substantiation for those claims. 

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May 27 2015

CASA Launches Brand Refresh, Website Redesign

This year, CASA celebrates its 60th year representing the state’s wastewater agencies. A lot has changed over the years, and CASA strives to remain on the cutting edge of wastewater and renewable resource advocacy and support. To accomplish this, we must evolve along with the agencies we support. As part of the effort to stay current, we’re refreshing our brand and redesigning our website.

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May 21 2015

Presentations, Contact Info from Biosolids Seminar Now Available

Presentations and speaker contact information from the CASA and CWEA Biosolids and Renewable Energy Seminar have been added to the event page on our website. 

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May 14 2015

Governor's Budget Revision Includes Additional $2.2 Billion for Drought Impacts

The May Revision includes an additional $1.7 billion, available over the next three years, for State Water Board programs. Of greatest interest to CASA members, the Governor proposes $475 million for water recycling and advanced treatment projects to enhance local water supply resiliency and  $160 million for small communities to build or upgrade their wastewater systems to meet current standards. 

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May 13 2015

House of Representatives Passes Regulatory Integrity and Protection Act (H.R. 1732).

The House of Representatives this week passed the Regulatory Integrity and Protection Act (H.R. 1732).  H.R. 1732 would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to withdraw the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on April 21, 2014, that defines the scope of waters protected by the Clean Water Act (CWA). Under the CWA, EPA and the Corps, along with the states, serve as co-regulators of activities affecting the nation’s waters. 

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May 13 2015

CASA Asks State Water Board to Review Toxicity Limits

CASA is continuing its efforts to ensure a reasonable, scientific-based approach to toxicity requirements in wastewater permits.  On May 11, 2015, CASA filed a second petition with the State Water Resources Control Board seeking to overturn numeric effluent limitations for toxicity imposed in two recent permits issued to the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD).

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May 11 2015

Recycled Water Key to Drought Response

The importance of increasing California's reuse of water was highlighted at today's California Drought Summit in Sacramento. Lester Snow, President of the CA Water Foundation, told the audience of 170 water and wastewater managers  from around the state, "Now is the time to advance water reuse in California. You are the people who can get it done."  

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May 07 2015

CASA Members Take on the Capitol at the Public Policy Forum

Wastewater management professionals from throughout the state gathered in Sacramento April 27-28 to hear guest speakers discuss legislative issues, network with their peers, and meet with legislative representatives at the State Capitol. 
Highlights of the event included...

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Apr 29 2015

AB 888 & AB 1144 Pass Second Policy Committee

We’re very excited to announce that AB 888 (Bloom) & AB 1144 (Rendon) have passed their second policy committees. CASA has been advocating for the passage of these bills, and they were a key focus of this week’s Public Policy Forum in Sacramento. Several CASA members sent letters of support to legislators, and participants at the Public Policy Forum presented information on these bills to their legislative offices at the State Capitol.

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