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  • HHS says Biden-Harris Administration Launches Relief Program to Improve Access to Affordable Water Services

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Biden-Harris Administration Launches Relief Program to Improve Access to Affordable Water Services | site |



    HHS says "Bolstered by American Rescue Plan, HHS Announces $166.6 Million in Initial Funding to Advance Environmental Justice in Communities Historically Marginalized and Overburdened by Underinvestment in Access to Water and Wastewater Services"


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: June 2, 2021) Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announced the official launch of the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). This first-of-its-kind water assistance program will expand access to more affordable water and help low-income households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic pay their water and wastewater bills, avoid shutoffs, and support household w...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Recognized for Impact on Lives of Blue Water Navy Veterans

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Recognized for Impact on Lives of Blue Water Navy Veterans | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release: November 25, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals has awarded the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Blue Water Navy (BWN) communications and outreach campaign with a 2020 MarCom Platinum Award.

    The campaign increased awareness about the BWN Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 which extended the presumption of exposure to herbicides such as Agent Orange to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. “VA supports BWN Veterans, their families and survivors around the country,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilke. “Ensuring Veterans and their families are aware of the benefits available to them is a priority
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act claims now being Determined

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act claims now being Determined| site |



    (December 31, 2019) - - Today (December 31, 2019), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin deciding claims for the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 at 12:01 a.m., Philippine Standard Time, Jan. 1, 2020. The Philippines is the farthest east VA regional benefits office. The Act extends the presumption of herbicide exposure, that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Signed into law Jun. 25, the law specifically affects Blue Water Navy (BWN) Veterans who served no more than 12 nautical miles offshore of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 6, 1962 and May 7, 1975, as well as Veterans who served in the Korean Demilitarized Zo
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Extends Benefits to Offshore Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans January 1st

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Extends Benefits to Offshore Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans January 1st| site |



    Law also affects survivors of Veterans, certain dependents and Veteran homebuyers


    (December 12, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) begins deciding Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 claims, Jan. 1, 2020, extending the presumption of herbicide exposure that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Prior to the measure, only Vietnam War Veterans who served on the ground in Vietnam or within Vietnam’s inland waterways were eligible to receive disability compensation and other benefits based on a presumption of herbicide exposure. Signed into law June 25, the law specifically affects Blue Water Navy (BWN) Veter...
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  • USDA Invests in Drinking Water Quality and Wastewater Management for 784,000 Rural Residents and Businesses in 42 States

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Invests in Drinking Water Quality and Wastewater Management for 784,000 Rural Residents and Businesses in 42 States| site |


    Projects will Improve Water Pressure, Address Public Health and Environmental Issues

    (November 19, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that the department is investing $635 million in 122 projects to improve water systems and wastewater handling services in rural communities in 42 states. USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. “These investments will bring reliable infrastructure to rural communities. They will replace old, fragile, leaking water pipes with new ones and allow upgrades to water handling systems that are decades old, boosting wa
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Invests in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in 25 States

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Invests in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in 25 States | site |


    Investments will Benefit 168,000 People in Rural Communities


    (September 23, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary of Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $144 million to improve rural water infrastructure in 25 states.

    “Modern and reliable water and wastewater infrastructure systems are foundational to economic growth and quality of life in rural communities,” LaVoy said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to investing in this critical infrastructure, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

    USDA is investing in 45 projects through the Water and
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  • U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Issues Directive for National Marine Fisheries Service to Facilitate Water Access in California Wildfire Relief Efforts

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Issues Directive for National Marine Fisheries Service to Facilitate Water Access in California Wildfire Relief Efforts




    (August 8, 2018) - - Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

    As Secretary of Commerce, today I directed the National Marine Fisheries Service to facilitate access to the water needed to fight the ongoing wildfires affecting the State of California. One of the fires, the Mendocino Complex Fire, has developed into the largest in the state’s history, consuming nearly 300,000 acres in Northern California. American lives and property are at stake and swift action is needed. The Department of Commerce is doing everything possible to help, with NOAA satellites providing vital weather information and National Weather Service employees providing on the scene information to fire officials.

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  • Company to Pay 9.5 Million Dollars for False Reporting of Safety Inspections and Clean Water Act Violations That Led to Explosion in Gulf of Mexico

    Company to Pay $9.5 Million for False Reporting of Safety Inspections and Clean Water Act Violations That Led to Explosion in Gulf of Mexico



    February 24, 2017


    Washington, DC - - (February 23, 2017) - - Wood Group PSN Inc., a Nevada corporation headquartered in Houston, Texas, was ordered to pay $9.5 million today in two separate cases involving their conduct in the Gulf of Mexico. Specifically, Wood Group PSN was ordered to pay $7 million for falsely reporting over several years that personnel had performed safety inspections on offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico in the Western District of Louisiana, and $1.8 million for negligently discharging oil into the Gulf of Mexico in violation of the Clean Water Act after an explosion on an offshore facility in the Eastern District of Louisiana, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeff Wood of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Attorney for the...
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  • Marketer of Water Filtration Systems Settles with Federal Trade Commission

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    Marketer of Water Filtration Systems Settles with Federal Trade Commission

    Marketer of Water Filtration Systems Settles with Federal Trade Commission



    Distributor Agrees to Drop Misleading ‘Made in USA’ Claims





    February 6, 2017


    Washington, DC - - (February 1, 2017) - - A Georgia-based distributor of water filtration systems will stop making misleading unqualified claims that its products are made in the United States, under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.

    In its complaint against iSpring Water Systems, LLC, the FTC alleged that the company deceived consumers with false, misleading, or unsupported claims that its water filtration systems and parts are “Built in USA,” “Built in USA Legendary brand of water filter,” and “Proudly Built in the USA.”








    In fact, according to the complaint, iSpring’s products either are wholly imported or are made using a significant amount of inputs from overseas....
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Rule Establishes a Presumption of Service Connection for Diseases Associated with Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Rule Establishes a Presumption of Service Connection for Diseases Associated with Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune



    VA to provide disability benefits for related diseases




    January 16, 2017


    Washington, DC - - (January 13, 2017) - - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

    The presumption of service connection applies to active duty, reserve and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days (cumulative) between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, and are diagnosed with any of the following conditions:

    • adult leukemia

    • aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes

    • bladder cancer
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    HHS says Biden-Harris Administration Launches Relief Program to Improve Access to Affordable Water Services
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Biden-Harris Administration Launches Relief Program to Improve Access to Affordable Water Services | site |



    HHS says "Bolstered by American Rescue Plan, HHS Announces $166.6 Million in Initial Funding to Advance Environmental Justice in Communities Historically Marginalized and Overburdened by Underinvestment in Access to Water and Wastewater Services"


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: June 2, 2021) Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announced the official launch of the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). This first-of-its-kind water assistance program will expand access to more affordable water and help low-income households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic pay their water and wastewater bills, avoid shutoffs, and support household w...
    06-09-2021, 03:46 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Recognized for Impact on Lives of Blue Water Navy Veterans
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Recognized for Impact on Lives of Blue Water Navy Veterans | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release: November 25, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals has awarded the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Blue Water Navy (BWN) communications and outreach campaign with a 2020 MarCom Platinum Award.

    The campaign increased awareness about the BWN Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 which extended the presumption of exposure to herbicides such as Agent Orange to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. “VA supports BWN Veterans, their families and survivors around the country,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilke. “Ensuring Veterans and their families are aware of the benefits available to them is a priority
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    11-26-2020, 03:58 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act claims now being Determined
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act claims now being Determined| site |



    (December 31, 2019) - - Today (December 31, 2019), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin deciding claims for the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 at 12:01 a.m., Philippine Standard Time, Jan. 1, 2020. The Philippines is the farthest east VA regional benefits office. The Act extends the presumption of herbicide exposure, that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Signed into law Jun. 25, the law specifically affects Blue Water Navy (BWN) Veterans who served no more than 12 nautical miles offshore of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 6, 1962 and May 7, 1975, as well as Veterans who served in the Korean Demilitarized Zo
    ...
    01-09-2020, 08:54 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Extends Benefits to Offshore Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans January 1st
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Extends Benefits to Offshore Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans January 1st| site |



    Law also affects survivors of Veterans, certain dependents and Veteran homebuyers


    (December 12, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) begins deciding Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 claims, Jan. 1, 2020, extending the presumption of herbicide exposure that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Prior to the measure, only Vietnam War Veterans who served on the ground in Vietnam or within Vietnam’s inland waterways were eligible to receive disability compensation and other benefits based on a presumption of herbicide exposure. Signed into law June 25, the law specifically affects Blue Water Navy (BWN) Veter...
    12-13-2019, 11:11 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    USDA Invests in Drinking Water Quality and Wastewater Management for 784,000 Rural Residents and Businesses in 42 States
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Agriculture Invests in Drinking Water Quality and Wastewater Management for 784,000 Rural Residents and Businesses in 42 States| site |


    Projects will Improve Water Pressure, Address Public Health and Environmental Issues

    (November 19, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that the department is investing $635 million in 122 projects to improve water systems and wastewater handling services in rural communities in 42 states. USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. “These investments will bring reliable infrastructure to rural communities. They will replace old, fragile, leaking water pipes with new ones and allow upgrades to water handling systems that are decades old, boosting wa
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    11-20-2019, 12:57 AM

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