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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are at the top of every environmental regulator’s list in 2024 and already this year the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken key steps toward regulating PFAS as hazardous substances. On April 19, 2024, EPA announced that it finalized its rulemaking designating perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and per-fluorooctanesulfonic acid

The California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) recently issued a revised draft State Policy for Water Quality Control for Standardized Cost Reporting in Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Permits (the Policy). If adopted, this Policy would require permittees subject to MS4 permits to use a list of standardized cost categories to

White House Issues Dire Warning Regarding Drinking Water Supply and Wastewater System CyberattacksThe Biden-Harris Administration is redoubling its efforts to improve cybersecurity for the nation’s water systems. In March, the EPA and the White House issued a dire warning to state governors alerting them of the need to protect water and wastewater systems from ongoing

State Water Board Updates the “Make Conservation a California Way of Life” Framework, but are the Changes Enough?On March 12, 2024, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced updates to the “Make Conservation a California Way of Life” framework that is based on SB 606 and AB 1668 from 2018. The changes

Join Us for a Webinar on the Sackett Decision and Its Effect on WOTUS Permitting NationwideIn January 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Agencies) adopted a final rule altering the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), a key term that is referred to but not defined

EPA Takes Next Step in PFAS Regulations – Proposing Adding Nine PFAS as Hazardous ConstituentsOn January 31, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is proposing to list nine per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous constituents under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). This action represents another significant step in

DWR Certifies EIR for Delta Conveyance Project – Advancing Controversial Project and Setting Up Likely Legal ShowdownAfter releasing the final environmental report (EIR) for the Delta Conveyance Project on December 8, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) certified it on December 21, 2023. The certification of the final EIR is a significant step forward for