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New water funding authorized under massive House bill

New water funding authorized under massive House bill

September 17, 2018 at 10:25 am 0 comments

The House of Representatives unanimously approved a significant water policy bill that includes a number of industry priorities on drinking water and other provisions impacting water infrastructure funding. America’s Water Infrastructure Act, bill S. 3021, combines two versions of Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) legislation developed earlier this year by theRead More

Where Do Major Reform Efforts Stand Following Pruitt’s Exit from EPA?

Where Do Major Reform Efforts Stand Following Pruitt’s Exit from EPA?

August 22, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

By Mike Keegan On July 5, President Donald Trump tweeted that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt had resigned from his position as the head of the agency. The acting administrator is now Andrew Wheeler, who previously served as deputy administrator. Wheeler has pledged to implement Pruitt’s agendaRead More

WIFIA receives record number of requests for loans; AWWA applauds program success

WIFIA receives record number of requests for loans; AWWA applauds program success

August 20, 2018 at 9:14 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program has received a record 62 letters of interest requesting $9.1 billion in credit assistance. “The more than $9 billion in WIFIA loans requested is nearly double our lending capacity for 2018, demonstratingRead More

Senate passes spending bill including EPA funding

Senate passes spending bill including EPA funding

August 15, 2018 at 8:08 am 0 comments

Earlier in August, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved FY19 appropriations legislation that would provide level funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its water infrastructure financing programs next year. The minibus, approved by a 92-6 vote, joined together four bills, including the fiscal 2019 EPA-Interior budget bill, a Financial ServicesRead More

Proposed infrastructure plan would increase WIFIA appropriations

Proposed infrastructure plan would increase WIFIA appropriations

July 30, 2018 at 12:01 pm 0 comments

As part of a draft infrastructure bill released last week by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program would be reauthorized at $250 million over five years. According to the Association of Metropolitan WaterRead More

House approves EPA spending bill

House approves EPA spending bill

July 23, 2018 at 11:00 am 0 comments

The House of Representatives has approved FY19 appropriations legislation that would provide funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) next year. The bill as approved by the House would facilitate billions of dollars’ worth of low-cost water infrastructure loans. The bill, an Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, contains a totalRead More

Senate hearing avoids SRF WIN details, AMWA says

Senate hearing avoids SRF WIN details, AMWA says

July 17, 2018 at 12:26 pm 0 comments

According to the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) in its Monday Morning Briefing for July 16, things got heated on Capitol Hill last week when supporters of the proposed SRF WIN Act clashed with committee members over the bill during a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee hearing. AccordingRead More

Pruitt out at EPA as scandals mount

Pruitt out at EPA as scandals mount

July 9, 2018 at 11:15 am 0 comments

Scott Pruitt is out as the nation’s top environmental chief. President Donald J. Trump announced in a July 5 tweet he has accepted Pruitt’s resignation as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The news comes amid growing controversy over ethical questions regarding Pruitt. Trump also announced deputy administrator AndrewRead More

Senate passes Farm Bill including water quality, funding provisions

Senate passes Farm Bill including water quality, funding provisions

July 2, 2018 at 7:40 am 0 comments

The U.S. Senate has passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 on an 86-11 vote. The bipartisan legislation would reauthorize the Farm Bill – as it is commonly referred to – for five years. The measure includes provisions that would extend programs that protect drinking water sources from farm runoff and offer assistanceRead More

AMWA: The Time Is Now for Congress to Recommit to WIFIA

AMWA: The Time Is Now for Congress to Recommit to WIFIA

June 20, 2018 at 9:47 am 0 comments

By Diane VanDe Hei Washington has heard a lot of talk over the past year about the need to address the nation’s aging infrastructure, but there has been little agreement among Democrats and Republicans about how to go about it. However, a program created by Congress four years ago is actuallyRead More