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WGA seeks infrastructure budget boost prior to House SRF hearing

Western state governors are urging House lawmakers to consider a host of clean water issues in advance of a March 7 hearing on how federal investments in water infrastructure help communities.

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Bipartisan House Bill Would Boost EPA Water Infrastructure Funding Levels

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has introduced legislation to boost authorized levels of EPA's clean water state revolving fund (SRF) to $4 billion annually, more than double its current appropriations, as well as authorize billions of dollars to address sewer overflows, fund states' Clean Water Act (CWA) implementation and augment existing sources of water.

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Water Sector’s Report Could Boost EPA Bid To Consolidate Small Utilities

A coalition of wastewater and drinking water utilities in a new report is recommending steps to encourage the consolidation of small utilities, which could boost EPA’s bid for increased collaboration among utilities and help shape the agency’s response to a statutory mandate for crafting rules on when states can mandate consolidation.

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EPA touts FY18 Superfund achievements

Among other things, EPA says it “deleted all or part of 22 sites from the NPL, the largest number of deletions in one year since 2005.”

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Democrats renew push for water infrastructure trust fund

House Democrats are highlighting the health risks posed by aging infrastructure and emerging contaminants as they reintroduce water infrastructure trust fund legislation.

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Ahead Of Wheeler Vote, Democratic Senators Praise EPA WIFIA Program

BALTIMORE -- As the Senate prepares to vote on Andrew Wheeler's nomination to be EPA administrator, Maryland's Democratic senators are praising Wheeler and the agency's work on providing water infrastructure loans, suggesting that he will enjoy some level of cooperation from Democrats even if they vote against him.

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Ahead Of Wheeler Vote, Democratic Senators Praise EPA Water Loan Program

BALTIMORE -- As the Senate prepares to vote on Andrew Wheeler's nomination to be EPA administrator, Maryland's Democratic senators are praising Wheeler and the agency's work on providing water infrastructure loans, suggesting that he will enjoy some level of cooperation from Democrats even if they vote against him.

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Governors urge appropriators to preserve states' oversight roles

Western governors are urging House appropriators to clarify states’ lead role in implementing air and water laws as states’ and the Trump administration have sparred over CWA 401 reviews.

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White House Plans To Seek 5 Percent Cut To EPA’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

A top White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) official says the Trump administration will seek a 5 percent cut to EPA’s overall budget and other non-defense discretionary spending in its upcoming fiscal year 2020 appropriations request, teeing up a fight with Congressional leaders who have balked at past attempts to cut those funds.

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House Democrat plans climate 'emergency' resolution

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is planning to introduce a resolution stating that climate change is a national emergency -- a direct response to President Trump's declaration about border security.

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