Regulatory

White House is distributing $5.8 billion from the infrastructure law for water projects

The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it is distributing another $5.8 billion for water infrastructure projects around the country, paid for by one of its key legislative victories.

Cross-border pipeline to Mexico LNG plant receives U.S. regulatory approval

U.S. regulators have granted approval for a cross-border pipeline, facilitating the export of approximately 2.8 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from Texas to the Mexico Pacific's Saguaro LNG export facility on Mexico's western coastline.

Court upholds Mountain Valley Pipeline eminent domain challenge dismissal despite recent legal shift

A federal appeals court has once again dismissed a challenge brought by landowners against the Mountain Valley Pipeline's utilization of eminent domain.

EPA expands technical assistance program to improve wastewater infrastructure nationwide

To date, the Closing America’s Wastewater Access Gap initiative has helped provide communities with no-cost technical assistance that helps identify affordable options for accessing wastewater infrastructure.

House Republicans aim to expedite infrastructure permitting process with new water legislation

Floor action for the bill, titled “Creating Confidence in Clean Water Permitting” Act, could begin as early as Monday, Feb. 12.

White House renews calls on Congress to extend internet subsidy program

The White House is pressing Congress to extend a subsidy program that helps one in six U.S. families afford internet and represents a key element of President Joe Biden's promise to deliver reliable broadband service to every American household.

Mexico’s Supreme Court rules against electricity law favoring state-owned utility over private firms

A panel of Supreme Court justices in Mexico ruled Wednesday against President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s rules that favored the state-owned electrical power company over private power companies.

Chinese hackers are determined to 'wreak havoc' on US critical infrastructure, FBI director warns

Chinese government hackers are busily targeting water treatment plants, the electrical grid, transportation systems and other critical infrastructure inside the United States, FBI Director Chris Wray told House lawmakers Wednesday in a fresh warning from Washington about Beijing's global ambitions.

Biden delays consideration of new natural gas export terminals, citing climate risk

The Biden administration is delaying consideration of new natural gas export terminals in the United States, even as gas shipments to Europe and Asia have soared since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Understanding LNG and Biden's decision: A closer look at natural gas export proposals

Industry groups and Republicans condemned the pause as a "win for Russia," while environmentalists cheered it as a way to address climate change and counter Biden's approval of the huge Willow oil project in Alaska last year.

Nevada high court empowers water authority to shape underground resource management

Nevada’s top water official has authority to decide how underground supplies are allocated, the state Supreme Court said last week, in a ruling that could kill a long-stalled proposal to build a sprawling master-planned city north of Las Vegas.

California court ruling could threaten key source of funding for disputed giant water tunnel project

A California judge says a nearly 65-year-old law does not give the state permission to borrow the billions of dollars it would need to build a large water project, a decision that could threaten a key source of funding for a controversial plan backed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to build a massive underground tunnel that would reroute a big part of the state’s supply.

EPA grants Louisiana power to approve underground carbon storage wells

Carbon capture technology is aimed at reducing emissions from industrial sources like ethanol plants and coal-fired power plants. The captured carbon can be transported via pipelines for injection in wells deep underground. It is these wells that Louisiana will now have the power to approve.

Canadian regulators deny FortisBC Energy’s natural gas pipeline plans

The British Columbia Utilities Commission denied FortisBC Energy Inc.’s application for its Okanagan Capacity Upgrade project, which includes the construction, installation, and operation of approximately 30 km of new natural gas pipeline.

Developers want water policy changes in response to construction limits on metro Phoenix’s fringes

Developers plan to seek changes to Arizona’s decades-old laws restricting construction in areas without adequate water supplies after the state said this summer that it won’t issue permits for new subdivisions in some areas on metro Phoenix’s fringes.

Drought-prone California OKs new rules for turning wastewater directly into drinking water

California regulators on Tuesday approved new rules to let water agencies recycle wastewater and put it right back into the pipes that carry drinking water to homes, schools and businesses.

Wisconsin DNR preps 2024 grant program for small water systems to deal with PFAS contamination

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is creating a new grant program to help small public water systems reduce PFAS and manganese contamination levels.

Governor Hochul allocates $479 million for 156 local water projects in New York

(UI) — Governor Kathy Hochul has announced $479 million in grants for critical water infrastructure projects.  The funding, announced on Dec. 12, is projected to save local ratepayers an estimated $1.3 billion and create 24,000 jobs across the state.

Missouri couple facing charges after audit uncovers theft from Bootheel sewer district

A husband and wife duo are each facing two dozen counts of felony stealing after a state audit found they tapped a small-town sewer district for more than $160,000 in personal proceeds.

Residents in St. Croix sue government over water contaminated with lead and copper

A group of residents have sued a public utility company in the U.S. Virgin Islands after authorities there reported finding high levels of lead and copper in the tap water on St. Croix. The report caused panic and forced tens of thousands to rely on bottled water.

Drought-prone California advances controversial water tunnel project despite environmental opposition

A long-sought and disputed project in drought-prone California aimed at capturing more water during heavy rain storms reached a key milestone on Friday when Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration finished an environmental review for an underground tunnel.

Regulators’ recommendation would mean 3% lower electric rates for New Mexico residential customers

Staff for New Mexico’s utility regulators have recommended new rates for the state’s largest electric provider that would result in about a 3% decrease for residential customers instead of the 9.7% increase Public Service Co. of New Mexico was seeking.

Montana challenges EPA rule to protect water quality certifications, foster infrastructure development

(UI) — Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen and ten other state attorneys general filed a lawsuit against an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule on Dec. 5 stating that it makes "sweeping and unlawful" changes to federal regulations governing state-issued water quality certifications.

US officials want ships to anchor farther from California undersea pipelines, citing 2021 oil spill

Federal officials on Tuesday recommended increasing the distance from undersea pipelines that vessels are allowed to anchor in Southern California, citing a 2021 oil spill they said was caused by ships whose anchors were dragged across a pipeline after a storm.

Biden administration targets US oil and gas industry with new rule on methane emissions

The Biden administration on Saturday issued a final rule aimed at reducing methane emissions, targeting the U.S. oil and natural gas industry for its role in global warming as President Joe Biden seeks to advance his climate legacy.

Michigan regulators approve $500 million Great Lakes tunnel for aging oil pipeline

Michigan officials approved a $500 million plan Friday to encase in a protective tunnel a portion of an aging oil pipeline that runs beneath a channel connecting two Great Lakes, leaving just one more regulatory hurdle for the contentious project.

Seattle and King County, Wash., penalized for sewer overflow violations

(UI) — The Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are jointly issuing penalties to Seattle and King County for violating conditions of their federal consent decrees and state water quality permits that regulate combined sewer overflows from Seattle’s sanitary sewer system.

Congressmen ask DOJ to investigate water utility hack, warning it could happen anywhere

Three members of Congress have asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate how foreign hackers breached a water authority near Pittsburgh, prompting the nation’s top cyber defense agency to warn other water and sewage-treatment utilities that they may be vulnerable.

Cities must replace harmful lead pipes within 10 years under new Biden administration plan

(AP) — Most U.S. cities would have to replace lead water pipes within ten years under strict new rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency as the Biden administration moves to reduce lead in drinking water and prevent public health crises like the ones in Flint, Michigan and Washington, D.C.

Federal appeals court upholds judge’s dismissal of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters’ lawsuit

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a federal judge’s 2021 decision dismissing a lawsuit filed by protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline, who alleged law enforcement officers used excessive force during a clash in 2016.