California Association of Sanitation Agencies
Today, the Council on Environmental Quality is hosting a forum of experts drawn from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the President's National Economic Council and the Government Accountability Office to brief national leaders on the future of innovative and alternative financing for water infrastructure.
United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced funding opportunities for the production of biofuels. CASA has discussed the potential of using biosolids to produce canola or another good feedstock which then can be used to produce a biofuel for vehicles. Applications are due July 11, 2013 if any CASA members have interest in applying. This could offer an incentive for farmers to produce a biofuel feedstock.
CASA Presents Resource Alignment Proposals to the State Water Resources Control Board, Receives Positive Feedback on Efforts to Date
On June 18, 2013, CASA representatives presented members of the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) with a revised draft of proposals to reduce the costs of compliance with regulatory requirements as part of ongoing involvement with the “resource alignment” initiative.
CASA Federal Priority Gets Movement - USEPA Agrees to Seek Public Comment on Changes to Clean Water Act Income Restriction Provisions
In a significant development for one of CASA's key federal legislative priorities, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has informed CASA that, prompted by ongoing concern with the antiquated income standard for determining the eligibility of an individual to serve on water quality boards, USEPA is committing to a target date of September 30, 2013 to issue a request for comments to revise the standard. The issue will be included in the proposed NPDES streamlining rule, which has been undergoing Office of Management and Budget review for over a year.
The Water Education Foundation (Foundation) has announced the release of the Layperson's Guide to California Wastewater. Through funding made possible by CASA, Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District and the Clean Water Summit Partners, the 28-page guide is an in-depth, easy-to-understand publication that provides background information on the history of wastewater treatment and how wastewater is collected, conveyed, treated and disposed of today. CASA contributed to the development of the guide in recognition of the need to have a credible, readable resource on wastewater.
The California Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) recently announced several program improvements and highlighted recent amendments to the Policy for Implementing the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF Policy) adopted on May 7, 2013.
State Water Resources Control Board Proposes to Raise Water Quality Fees Across the Board, Including a 5% Increase for NPDES Permittees
On Friday, May 31, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) held a Water Quality Fee Stakeholder Meeting.
Federal Drug Enforcement Agency Finalizing Rules for Acceptance and Disposal of Unused Controlled Substances
As part of its mandate under the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, the Drug Enforcement Agency is finalizing rules governing how local agencies can and should accept and dispose of unused controlled substances. The proposed regulations seek to expand the options available to collect these substances from users for the purpose of disposal and may include take-back events, mail-back programs, and collection box locations.
State Water Resources Control Board Releases New “Ex Parte” Communication Questions and Answers Document
The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) recently released an updated document on ex parte communications designed to clarify the rules governing communications between State and Regional Water Board members and individuals/parties interested in various proceedings.
On May 15, 2013, the Senate Committee on Finance released a paper detailing tax reform options for state and local tax exempt financing and other tax reform options that Finance Committee members may consider as they work towards reforming our nation’s tax system. The ideas in this paper represent a non-exhaustive list of prominent tax reform options suggested by witnesses at Committee hearings held to date, bipartisan commissions, tax policy experts, and members of Congress.