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Senate COVID-19 bill includes air, water funding assistance

Water utilities and Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) are pointing to the bill’s assistance for low-income water customers and for low-income and minority communities with high levels of air pollution.

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Landmark EPA WIFIA Loan Highlights Lag For Drinking Water Projects

EPA’s recent award of a $727 million loan for a drinking water project in Portland, OR, is the largest that the agency has issued to date through its Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program, but although EPA officials are aiming to increase interest in WIFIA they are noting a lag in drinking water projects wanting to participate.

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EPA’s Fox Eyes Partnerships To Tackle Water Infrastructure Challenges

Acting EPA water chief Radhika Fox sees stronger partnerships with state and local governments as an important step in tackling major challenges to improve the nation’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and is highlighting a new infrastructure report card from civil engineers as a guide to future policy discussions.

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Merkley becomes chairman of Senate spending panel overseeing EPA

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has become the chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that oversees EPA’s budget, moving to the top Democratic slot on the panel after Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) retired last year.

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House Democrats Eye ‘Ambitious’ Water Infrastructure Funding Measure

Democratic leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) are planning to reintroduce water infrastructure legislation to reauthorize a key EPA funding program at “ambitious” levels, pushing back on Republican concerns that increased federal funding is unrealistic.

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CWA Changes Could Bolster EPA Runoff Control But Legislation Unlikely

Amending the Clean Water Act (CWA) to give EPA more control over nonpoint source pollution could help close gaps in pollution control that would help to better protect drinking water supplies, but getting such legislation through Congress is almost impossible, according to two law professors with long-time ties to EPA.

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Democratic senators urge Biden to fund Chesapeake cleanup

Seven senators from Chesapeake Bay watershed states are urging the president to provide robust funding for bay restoration programs in his fiscal year 2022 budget proposal.

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Broad Coalition Urges EPA To Reverse Trump-Era Safer Choice Cuts

An alliance of major chemical industry groups, state and local regulators, individual companies and environmentalists is urging EPA to reinvigorate its Safer Choice labeling program for household products made with less-toxic materials, building momentum for efforts to undo Trump-era cuts to its staff and resources.

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OIG Plans Review Of EPA Grant Flexibilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is planning to examine how the agency has been implementing grant flexibilities permitted by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) during the COVID-19 pandemic, an effort that addresses a top management challenge OIG identified for the agency last year.

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Environmentalists urge funding efforts to stem plastic pollution

Environmental groups are urging the Biden administration and Congress to back in upcoming spending or other legislation 13 measures aimed at reducing plastic pollution.

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