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Legislation to Allow for More Private Financing of Water Infrastructure Projects, Sustainable Water Solutions Passes U.S. House of Representatives

The Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act of 2010, S. 3262 and H.R. 537, passed the U.S. House of Representatives for the second time this year as part of H.R. 4213,The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act. The U.S. Senate must now find the votes for the broader American Jobs Bill to be signed into law.

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Reauthorization of Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Advances

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce passed H.R. 5320 to reauthorize and increase funding for the drinking water state revolving fund (SRF) under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The bill will now require approval by the House of Representatives.

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Middlesex Water Company Announces Leadership Changes

Middlesex Water Company announced that in connection with the company's ongoing succession plan, J. Richard Tompkins has relinquished his position as chairman of its board of directors. Tompkins will continue his service under his term as a director. In addition to his role as Middlesex president & CEO, Dennis W. Doll has been named chairman, effective immediately. Doll had assumed the role of vice chairman in May 2009.

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EPA to Initiate Rulemaking to Reduce Harmful Effects of Sanitary Sewer Overflows

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is initiating a rulemaking to better protect the environment and public health from the harmful effects of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) and basement backups. In many cities, SSOs and basement backups occur because of blockages, broken pipes and excessive water flowing into the pipes. SSOs present environmental and health problems because they discharge untreated wastewater that contains bacteria, viruses, suspended solids, toxics, trash and other pollutants into waterways. These overflows may also contribute to beach closures, shellfish bed closures, contamination of drinking water supplies and other environmental and health concerns.

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South Carolina Legislature Elects Commissioners

The South Carolina State Legislature recently reelected Commissioners David A. Wright and Elizabeth B. "Lib" Fleming to the Public Service Commission. Commissioner Wright will continue to represent the 2nd Congressional District, and Chairman Fleming will serve the 4th District. Additionally, the 6th Congressional District seat left vacant by Commissioner Mignon Clyburn's appointment to the FCC was won by Nikiya "Nikki" Hall.

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