A defense bill released by a congressional conference committee Dec. 9 dropped provisions that would have restricted discharges of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances—a class of chemical compounds known as PFAS—from manufacturers into water supplies and designated PFAS as “hazardous substances” under the federal Superfund law.
A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office paints a dire picture of the potential impact of climate change on Superfund sites across the U.S. and concludes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is not doing enough to manage these risks and their potential impact on the environment and public health.
As the number of communities in the U.S. discovering high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in water supplies continues to grow, industry and local officials are waiting on legislative and regulatory leadership to set limits and standards for this pollutant class.
Industry, business and agricultural groups cheered the announcement, but Earthjustice President Abigail Dillen called the repeal of the 2015 rule “shameful and dangerous. No one is above the law, including the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Stantec is prime consultant for the City of Calgary, Alberta, to complete upgrades at the Bonnybrook wastewater treatment plant, which will be one of the largest cold-weather biological nutrient removal (BNR) sites in North America.
Hazen and Sawyer is working with AECOM to provide program management services for the full-scale $1-billion implementation of the Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow (SWIFT) for Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) in southeastern Virginia.
The outlook for new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidance aimed at streamlining permit approvals for natural gas pipelines and other energy infrastructure projects is murky, at best, and could lead to more frequent legal skirmishes, some observers say.
Nationwide, communities are becoming cognizant of the need to plan for the impacts of climate change, but too often, they aren’t sure how to implement climate adaptation plans, particularly in smaller, rural areas with fewer resources, according to officials at a climate leadership conference.