California Association of Sanitation Agencies
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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."
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.