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Pelosi Seeks Water Infrastructure In Next Virus Bill But Form Is Unclear

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says she wants to include assistance for the water sector in the next round of coronavirus legislation, though utility sources say it remains unclear whether that assistance will include increasing EPA infrastructure programs or other measures, especially given a focus on crafting a bipartisan bill.

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House Democrats detail environmental priorities for next COVID-19 bill

A group of 43 House Democrats is calling for any further coronavirus stimulus to include major spending on environmental justice efforts and EPA programs.

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OIG urges EPA to improve cybersecurity risk management, response

The agency agrees with its Office of Inspector General on taking steps to bolster risk management and response tools to combat cyber threats intended to steal or destroy sensitive data.

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Water Sector Continues Push For Coronavirus Aid In Future Legislation

Left out of the Senate’s $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bill, the water sector is continuing its push for federal assistance to help utilities and low-income customers pay for their services, redoubling efforts to engage with congressional staff and lawmakers and eyeing potential future rounds of legislation, water utility sources say.

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Senate adds short-term CFATS extension to emergency aid package

The three-month extension means lawmakers will soon have to debate the chemical facility security program’s future given Trump administration calls to end it.

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Water Utilities Seek Financial Assistance In Coronavirus Stimulus Package

Municipally owned drinking water and wastewater utilities are urging senators to provide financial assistance for their sector in upcoming economic stimulus legislation to offset the effects of the novel coronavirus, citing concerns about expected revenue losses and new sick- and family medical-leave requirements.

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Congress Faces Pressure To Prohibit Water Shutoffs In Coronavirus Bill

Several Democratic House lawmakers and environmentalists are calling on Congress to include provisions in developing coronavirus relief legislation that would ban water utilities from turning off water to homes during the health crisis, though one utility source says it is unclear how the government could implement a national ban.

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DOD Says PFAS Cleanup Will Likely Top $3 Billion But Braces For More

The Defense Department (DOD) is estimating that its costs for cleaning up the two most studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) will be approximately $3 billion, an estimate that is 50 percent higher than its previous rough estimate, but the department expects that number to grow as it further investigates contamination.

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McCollum Urges Funding Panel Allocation Boost For EPA Water Programs

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), chair of the appropriations subcommittee overseeing EPA, is urging her Rules Committee colleagues to boost the fiscal year 2021 allocation for her panel so that she can hike funding levels for key agency water programs including its state revolving funds (SRFs), regional water protection, and others.

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DOE defends budget cut to massive Hanford cleanup

Staff letters say DOE’s FY21 budget request falls $1.43 billion short of what is needed to comply with legally binding cleanup milestones.

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