Environment & Energy Report

Cities, Towns to Prioritize Costly Water Projects Under GOP Bill

Jan. 12, 2017, 6:14 PM

Cities and towns would get to decide whether to first invest in reducing combined sewer overflows or in setting water quality standards for polluted rivers and streams under a bill reintroduced Jan. 12 by Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio).

The Water Quality Improvement Act would codify the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 integrated planning policy, which offers municipalities the flexibility to prioritize Clean Water Act projects based on affordability, as long as no water quality standards or Clean Water Act requirements are violated.

Gibbs, who served as the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and...

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