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Regan Touts Water Infrastructure As Utilities Praise Biden Investment Plan

EPA Administrator Michael Regan is touting the Biden administration’s plan to invest $111 billion in water infrastructure as a way to address long-running concerns of water utilities and newer challenges like climate change, noting during an April 5 roundtable discussion that “climate stress often exists as water stress.”

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ACC opposes Biden push for renewing Superfund taxes

The chemical industry is objecting to the Biden administration’s support for reinstating corporate Superfund taxes, part of the administration’s new $2 trillion infrastructure plan.

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Biden Infrastructure Plan Includes Billions For Water Utilities, Waste Sites

President Joe Biden’s massive $2 trillion infrastructure plan includes a $111 billion investment in water infrastructure and a total of $21 billion for cleaning up abandoned mines and energy wells as well as redeveloping brownfields and Superfund sites, drawing praise from water utilities and environmental groups.

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Senate, House Committees Approve Bipartisan Water Funding Bills

Senate and House environment committees March 24 approved with broad bipartisan support a series of bills to invest in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure as well as to create or reauthorize EPA regional estuary water quality programs and reauthorize an EPA grant program to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff.

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Senate EPW unveils bipartisan water infrastructure bill

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) will mark up a bipartisan drinking water and wastewater infrastructure funding bill that targets nearly half of its funding for disadvantaged communities.

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House infrastructure bill includes new provisions for drinking water

House Democrats have added new sections to a massive infrastructure investment bill to address high-profile drinking water issues, including lead service line replacement.

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Senate EPW Previews Water Infrastructure Targets For Funding, Equity

Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee members at a March 17 hearing highlighted key issues that will likely inform upcoming comprehensive drinking water and wastewater infrastructure legislation, including funding and grant increases, a focus on bolstering environmental justice, and addressing water system workforce attrition.

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Former EPA Official Urges 40 Percent Budget Hike To Recruit Scientists

Betsy Southerland, a former long-term career EPA scientist, is urging Congress to set a four-year goal of increasing the agency’s budget by 40 percent, to $11.4 billion, in order to fund the hiring of at least 1,000 new and diverse scientists that could halt a “brain drain” of experts who are departing EPA and therefore stymying its work.

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OIG weighs performance measures for revived EPA programs

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) will evaluate whether performance measures exist for agency programs that administrations eliminate but Congress ultimately revives with funding.

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Former EPA chiefs weigh in on House panel’s effort to ‘restore’ agency

The House energy committee's oversight panel will hear from former EPA administrators on how to restore the agency’s mission in the wake of the Trump administration’s deregulatory policies.

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