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EPA administrator testifies before House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power

On Wednesday, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s subcommittee on Energy and Power. As part of her remarks, McCarthy included statements related to the need for planning for resiliency and the centrality of the security of our water supplies and water utilities.

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EPA and Water Utility Climate Alliance holding webinar on planning on Oct. 9 at 1 pm

Many water utilities are thinking critically about how to best manage water resources and utility assets when future conditions are uncertain due to the impacts of climate change. Join EPA and the Water Utility Climate Alliance for a webinar on different planning methods on October 9 at 1 p.m. Eastern. This session will introduce scenario planning, a method that allows a flexible approach to strategic long-term planning and highlight examples from utility representatives who have used scenario planning.

Public meeting and webinars scheduled on proposed water-quality standards

EPA is announcing a public meeting and two public webinars for the Water Quality Standards Regulatory Clarifications Proposed Rule that was published Sept. 4, 2013. At the sessions, EPA will provide a review of the current regulation and a summary of the clarifications in the proposed rule and provide an opportunity for the public to ask clarifying questions. The public meeting will be held on Oct. 23, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.