Washington Watch

Concerned about getting bogged down by “Buy American” waiver requests associated with sewer and drinking water projects funded with stimulus money, the EPA has published a new national waiver policy concerning “incidental components.”

Even though the natural gas posting requirements FERC established in Order 720 last November haven’t even gone into effect for major non interstate pipelines, the agency is already considering revising them.

Pipeline and other construction industries are pressing the federal government to make it easier for projects to pass muster with the Endangered Species Act.

Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

The Senate Appropriations Committee is likely to approve a $3.6 billion for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds in fiscal 2010, which begins Oct. 1.

Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

FERC moved closer to approving construction of one of the three big Oregon LNG projects as well as a major new pipeline in the Southeast.

Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

Questions are beginning to arise from states and localities about the requirements for spending the water infrastructure funds in the stimulus bill, called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

Six months after giving pipelines the green light to use high stress pipelines more widely, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is now highlighting safety concerns with new pipelines operating at 80 percent of specified minimum yield strength (SMYS).

On the heels of the $6 billion emergency funding in the stimulus package for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, President Obama has proposed a huge increase for both funds in fiscal 2010, which begins Oct. 1.

Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

Industry execs with good luck in Vegas might want to put some money down on President Obama eventually eliminating the “acting” adjective he put in front of the title of new FERC “Chairman” Jon Wellinghoff.

Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

A last-minute rule from the Bush administration limits the ability of federal wildlife officials and environmentalists to throw a monkey wrench into an application for construction of new gas transmission lines and LNG facilities.

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