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Bay Program Weighs Private Capital For Funding Nutrient Cleanup

The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP), a federal-state partnership, is preparing to decide how to respond to a 2018 report from an EPA financial advisory panel intended to improve access to private equity capital to fund reductions in nonpoint sources of nutrients and sediment, with one expert cautioning the report may not address the whole watershed.

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EPA Advisers Outline Policy Changes To Encourage Utility 'Regionalization'

EPA's financial advisory panel is recommending the agency take a number of steps to encourage the “regionalization” of water utilities, including examining whether a grant allocation formula creates disincentives for states to promote beneficial consolidation of water systems and how to use the permitting system to bolster the effort.

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Draft EPA FY20 Guidance Floats Plans For New Water, Enforcement Metrics

Draft EPA guidance for implementing its pending fiscal year 2020 budget includes plans from the enforcement and water offices to craft and track an array of new compliance metrics they say will provide more details on the extent of environmental violations and other factors, which will lead to more-specific policy goals for core agency programs.

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EPA finance chief notes workforce challenges

Chief Financial Officer Holly Greaves told an EPA advisory panel April 18 that rising employment costs combined with a limited budget makes maintaining an adequate workforce challenging.

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Sen. Udall seeks EPA plan for increasing staffing

As EPA moves to reorganize its regional offices, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) is requesting that the Trump administration move to bolster staffing and enforcement.

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Advisers Debate Role In Helping EPA Boost Stormwater Funding Availability

EPA financial advisers have agreed to serve as a congressionally mandated panel to give the agency advice on stormwater infrastructure funding, though some of the advisers are raising concerns about their ability to provide independent advice when EPA will use the group's recommendations in an upcoming report to Congress.

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EPA Advisers Urge Creation Of Stormwater-Specific Infrastructure Funding

An EPA advisory board is urging the agency to create a new stormwater infrastructure financing program, either through a stand-alone mechanism or the expansion of existing EPA funding programs, after the agency sought recommendations on how to fund projects that allow water utilities to be more resilient to natural disasters.

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EPA Begins 'Disruptive' Regional Office Shuffle Despite Enforcement Fears

EPA is launching a long-planned reorganization of its regional offices in a bid to improve coordination between agency headquarters and its regions, despite fears from some agency staff that the “disruptive” shuffle could weaken enforcement and claims that EPA has not taken adequate steps to minimize the overhaul's adverse impacts.

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House Plans Water Infrastructure Push But Faces Senate, Budget Hurdles

As lawmakers gear up to advance highway infrastructure legislation, House Democrats are planning to push new water infrastructure legislation this year to provide additional funding for utility repairs and upgrades as well as to address affordability concerns, though they are facing procedural and funding challenges.

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Democrats Charge EPA Shift Of IRIS Staff To TSCA Violates Spending Law

Democratic appropriators are urging EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to restore the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program's scaled-back agenda and return staff that had been shifted to the toxics office, charging their redirection amounts to a cut to the IRIS budget in violation of congressional appropriations.

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