News Digest - January 24, 2020

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling will allow residents of Flint, Michigan to sue city and state government officials who are alleged to have willfully allowed city residents to be exposed to unsafe levels of lead in their drinking water supply. Officials had sought to establish “qualified immunity” from liability deriving from decisions made “in difficult circumstances with limited information.”

Laredo city officials unveiled a $25 million expansion to the city’s South Side WWTP, one of two facilities serving the city of 236,000. The CDM Smith-led project increased capacity of 18 MGD (up from 12 MGD) and upgrades to various plant systems, a redesign that will allow the City to mothball old facilities and continue to serve the area’s growing population.

The EPA announced the release of their new Navigable Waters Protection Rule, to replace 2015’s Waters of the United States rule. The 2015 rule’s assertion of Clean Water Act jurisdiction over ephemeral streams and ponds was controversial,the new rule removes protection from wetlands not adjacent to large bodies of water, seasonal and ephemeral streams, and groundwater.

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