CASA Contributes to Focused Work on Emerging Chemicals
The family of chemicals known as per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances have recently emerged as a growing concern in biosolids and wastewater. Some regulatory agencies, particularly in the northeastern United States, have begun to scrutinize biosolids and other residuals due to fears of PFAS leaking from soils impacting groundwater and surface water. These PFAS levels have approached or exceeded screening values and regulatory standards in some instances.
In order to better understand this emerging issue, CASA has contributed funds to the North East Biosolids and Residuals Association for a national effort. NEBRA will focused on PFAS related to biosolids, residuals management and wastewater through the end of 2019. CASA staff will be participating on the advisory group for this work.
CASA Joins Federal Coalition in Support of Low-Income Rate Assistance
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) recently launched the Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Programs Act (S. 3564). This legislation, aimed to assist low-income ratepayers, creates a pilot program that funds 32 programs across the nation based on rural/urban population categories. The legislation is supported by national environmental and labor groups. It is modeled after successful low-income energy assistance programs that have provided federal assistance to offset costs associated with heating needs.
CASA joined with other water sector stakeholders in a joint letter of support of S. 3564. The legislation has bipartisan support but is unlikely to be addressed during the lame duck legislative session. However, the issue could be a top priority next year.