Date: May 06, 2021
By Jon Freedman The World Economic Forum recently released its Global Risks Report for 2021, and climate-related matters ranked high...
Date: January 23, 2020
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers released a pre-publication version of the Administration’s revised definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS). Under the Obama Administration, EPA and the Army Corps issued a major rulemaking to define WOTUS and clarify the regulatory scope of the Clean Water Act. The WateReuse Association was successful at that time in securing important regulatory exemptions for water recycling systems that were not discharging into jurisdictional waters.
In February of 2019, the Trump Administration proposed a redefinition of WOTUS, which limited the jurisdictional scope of the rule relative to the previous administration’s version. The WateReuse Association submitted comments on the February 2019 proposed redefinition, and urged the Administration to retain exemptions for water recycling structures. We also asked that the rule not limit the exemption to upland applications of water recycling.
The final rule adopts our recommendation to include a jurisdictional exemption for water recycling, including groundwater recharge projects. Specifically, the rule defines the following as non-jurisdictional: “groundwater recharge, water reuse, and wastewater recycling structures constructed or excavated in upland or in non-jurisdictional waters.” While WateReuse opposed limiting the water recycling exemption to upland applications, we believe most reuse projects will qualify as non-jurisdictional regardless. Importantly, the rule also excludes groundwater and waste treatment systems from the definition of WOTUS.
Date: April 29, 2021
Today, the United States Senate voted to adopt S. 914, the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021, which...
Date: April 28, 2021
On Thursday, April 29, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and WateReuse Association will host a free webinar to celebrate...
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