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EPA offers potential flexibility on sewer repair costs

The new U.S. EPA guidance designed to rationalize city and county public works expenditures on Clean Water Act compliance is meant for localities such as Peoria, Ill. The city is in the midst of negotiations with the EPA on a consent decree covering combi Read more

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Congress continues to stall updates to floodplain maps Congress continues to stall updates to floodplain maps

Congress is closer than ever to reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). But lawmakers are far from meaningfully supporting a well-intentioned program that has become a disaster. Read more

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OSHA singles out sewers

A new rule addresses manholes and lift stations, as well as road excavations, drilled shafts in bridges, and water tunnels in dams. Read more

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Overflow relief

Beginning immediately, wastewater treatment systems with separate stormwater and sanitary sewers can look forward to being inspected every other year instead of annually. Read more

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