California Association of Sanitation Agencies
The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has adopted chapter 26 of division 3 of the California Code of Regulations, regarding wastewater treatment plant classification, operator certification, and contractor operator registration for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification Program. The Office of Administrative Law approved the regulations on January 28, 2013. The regulations will become effective on April 1, 2013. Please see:
The Water Resources Utility of the Future…Blueprint for Action was released today. A collaborative effort between National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the document was placed on a fast-track for finalization to ensure that Utility of the Future (UOTF) issues are front and center as the 113th Congress and Obama Administration develop their environmental priorities. T
Extreme Weather Prevention and Resilience Act (S. 7) Indicates Senate Intent to Address Climate Change Issues in the Coming Year
Late last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced the Extreme Weather Prevention and Resilience Act (S. 7) along with 21 cosponsors, including Senator Barbara Boxer of California.
CASA’s Executive Director Bobbi Larson was among the stakeholder leaders who addressed the State Water Resources Control Board today regarding the Board’s initiative to reduce the cost of compliance with regulatory requirements. CASA provided input as part of the NPDES stakeholder effort; other representatives addressed potential costs savings for stormwater, irrigated agriculture and land discharge programs.
Today Governor Jerry Brown released his 2013-14 State Budget during a morning press conference, calling it a plan that puts the state “on the road to sustainable balance.” He acknowledged that the state’s improved economic position was due to the difficult cuts that the legislature was required to make over the past few years in order to bring the state closer into balance, combined with the new revenues that will be derived from the passage of Proposition 30 (the Governor’s tax initiative).
State Water Board Reviews Annual Compliance Update for Sanitary Sewer Systems (SSS); Proposed Amendments to Monitoring & Reporting Program Released for Comment
On January 8, 2012, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) discussed its annual compliance update for the Statewide Sanitary Sewer Systems (SSS) Overflow Reduction Program. Staff presented the annual report for fiscal year 2011-2012, providing a brief overview of the enrollees in the SSS Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR) as well as the number and volume of spills over the previous year. Board members generally discussed the content of the report, including how the data contained therein was represented, as well as the root causes of many of the spills.
EPA Expected to Launch Enforcement Initiative In 2013 Focusing on Climate “Tailoring” Rule and Reporting Requirements
EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) is expected to launch a new initiative in 2013 targeting violations of the agency's greenhouse gas (GHG) rules, including assessing the accuracy of reporting to its GHG registries and initiating actions for alleged violations of EPA's stationary source GHG permit requirements.
CALABASAS, CA January 3, 2013 – The Board of Directors of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) has selected David W. Pedersen as the new General Manager for the District, effective January 14, 2013. He will assume the position that became available when John R. Mundy announced his plans to retire at the end of 2012.
Full press release as a pdf.
Following the efforts of many CASA members the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has released proposed regulations intended to allow implementation of the Secure and Safe Drug Disposal Act of 2010. The proposed regulations will authorize a number of options for drug take back programs. CASA is reviewing the proposed regulations and plans to submit comments by the February 19, 2013 deadline. Please see the announcement and links below provided by the Product Stewardship Institute.
In a much-anticipated decision, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has denied the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) request that USEPA modify the definition of secondary treatment to include nutrient removal. While EPA has agreed to publish information on the degree of effluent reduction attainable through the application of secondary treatment, USEPA emphasized that secondary treatment technology is not designed for nutrient removal.