Relationship Between Innovation and Regulation
Regulation is often seen as a barrier to innovation. Factors related to ‘regulatory relationships’ and the ‘broader regulatory environment’” are frequently cited as hurdles in efforts to innovate. In the wastewater sector, debating the proper role of increased regulatory requirements is nothing new, but does it truly play a role in decelerating innovation? A publication funded by the US EPA and the ReNUWIt Engineering Research Center, takes a look at how innovation and regulation are correlated. Read more about how building the capacity to navigate the regulatory process in creative ways may prove to be a promising approach here.
CASA Supports CDC Role in Wastewater Based Epidemiology
On June 2, 2020, CASA submitted a letter to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) to support CDC serving as the federal coordinating agency for state and local efforts utilizing Wastewater Based Epidemiology (WBE), which entails monitoring influent wastewater and/or primary sludge for the RNA of SARS-CoV-2. CASA shared a fact sheet explaining WBE, how it is being used, and its importance. WBE could be an important tool for tracking community presence of the virus in the coming months and an opportunity for wastewater agencies to expand their role in protecting public health during the pandemic. If you have any questions, please check out our dedicated webpage or contact Greg Kester.