On Dec. 12, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced legislation to provide necessary resources to water resource recovery facilities — frequently the largest energy user in municipalities — to upgrade their energy and water efficiency. The Water Environment Federation worked closely with Merkley's office to help create the bill. The infrastructure updates sought would curb emissions from wasted energy and reduce facility costs.
This Week in Washington
On March 28, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee held a hearing entitled “Examining the federal response to the risks associated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).”
Mar. 16: On March 15, the Trump Administration accused Russia of creating a series of cyberattacks on American and European water and electric systems, as well as nuclear power plants. These cyberattacks could sabotage or shut off the plants—and are seen by US officials and private firms as a signal Russia could disrupt our critical facilities in the event of a conflict.