• Wheeler Testifies Before Senate EPW Committee

    On May 20, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee that the EPA won’t be able to set drinking water limits for two PFAS chemicals in the next year. The oversight hearing lasted over two hours and touched on a variety of issues from air pollution, coal, drinking water, science and more. Nearly all committee members participated.

  • EPA Holds Two-Day Summit on PFAS

    May 25, 2018 - On May 22nd and 23rd, EPA held a National Leadership Summit, which included representatives from over 40 states, tribes, and territories; 20 Federal agencies; Congressional staff; associations and other industry groups, on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS). WEF staff and members were in attendance.

  • Senate Clears Bill To Fund Clean Water Infrastructure, House Moves "Skinny" WRDA

    May 25, 2018 - On May 22nd, the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee passed by unanimous vote S. 2800, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018.  The bipartisan bill, which includes the biennial Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) and a number of other important water infrastructure provisions that WEF has been advocating for, is expected to be on the Senate floor in June.  On the other side of Capitol Hill, the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee passed H.R. 8, The Water Resources Development Act of 2018, which is strictly focused on authorizing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects and policies.  Differences between the two bills will need to be resolved in a conference committee once both bills pass their respective bodies in Congress. 

  • NDAA Includes Funding for PFAS Health Impact Study and PFAS Registry Act Amendments

    May 25, 2018 - On May 23rd , the Senate Armed Services Committee passed the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Committee Member Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), helped secure authorization of $10 million for the second year of the first-ever nationwide PFAS health impact study, which was established in the FY 2018 NDAA; and inclusion of bipartisan legislation introduced by Shaheen and Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD), the PFAS Registry Act (S. 2719), to create a national database for service members and veterans experiencing health problems potentially due to exposure to PFAS chemicals. 

  • NRDC Releases Report on Clean Water & Drinking Water SRFs

    May 18, 2018 - On May 15th, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report called Go Back to the Well about the Clean Water and Drink Water State Revolving Funds administered by all fifty states. The report outlines a shortfall of water infrastructure funding that is over $1 trillion and emphasizes the necessity for funding water infrastructure.