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NRWA Meets with EPA Administrator Pruitt

Posted By Allison Kaminsky, Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

On Friday May 5, National Rural Water Association (NRWA) Officers and staff met with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in Tulsa, Okla. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the association to the Administrator and offer the association’s expertise and experience as a resource in regulatory affairs as they relate to rural and small community water and wastewater systems.

 

The discussions centered on regulatory fixes as identified by NRWA membership to include consecutive system issues, TMDLs and others. The Administrator stressed that the agency was in the review process of regulatory issues and encouraged the association to formerly submit comments. The attendees encouraged the agency to view rural and small systems as protectors of public health and the environment as opposed to a regulatory burden.

 

“I was very pleased that Administrator Pruitt agreed that there should be a cost benefit analysis performed on proposed regulations before they are enacted,” said NRWA Board Secretary Kent Watson, who also serves as Board Director for the Texas Rural Water Association and manages Wickson Creek Special Utility District in Bryan, Texas. 

 

“The meeting was very informative and the open discussion was very meaningful,” said NRWA President Steve Fletcher, who manages Washington County Water Company. “Hopefully this meeting is the start of a collaborative process that results in more affordability consideration in the regulatory review and processes.”

 

Senior Vice President Steve Wear, Manager of Conway County Regional Water in Arkansas; Vice President David Baird, District Coordinator, Sussex Conservation District in Delaware; Treasurer John O’Connell, Deputy Chief Operator, City of Cortland, New York; NRWA CEO Sam Wade; and NRWA Deputy CEO Matt Holmes also attended the meeting. 

Tags:  drink local water  EPA  quality on tap  rural water  water quality 

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