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Water Utilities Seek Congressional Limits On Potential Federal Shutoff Ban

Large municipally owned drinking water utilities are urging Congress not to adopt a national ban on water utility shutoffs in future COVID-19 legislation, though if lawmakers do pursue such a policy, they should ensure needy customers are not left in greater debt.

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Coronavirus Pandemic Prompts Calls To Aid State Environment Budgets

The threat of a catastrophic downturn in in state revenue caused by the coronavirus pandemic is prompting calls for Capitol Hill to proactively shore up state budgets, including providing aid to state agencies often on the front lines of implementing environmental laws.

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House Lawmakers Eye Possible 5th COVID-19 Bill For Water Infrastructure

Two Democrats on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee say the next coronavirus assistance legislation is unlikely to include significant water infrastructure provisions but that a potential following bill could have a strong focus on infrastructure.

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Pressure mounts for aid to water utilities affected by COVID-19

The calls for aid to water utilities from a growing swath of diverse groups and some House Democrats come as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is walking back a previous push for such aid to be imminent.

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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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