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  • Clean Water Affordability and the Need for Responsible Relief

    Clean Water Affordability and the Need for Responsible Relief Tomorrow the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment will hold an important hearing to look at the state of clean water affordability in this country and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new integrated planning approach for municipal wastewater and stormwater requirements.   Since passage of the Clean Water Act (CWA) in 1971, this country’s water quality has indisputably improved.  However, the command-and-control nature of the CWA, coupled with the estimated $300-500 billion needed in wastewater infrastructure improvements over the next 20 years, has also led to a buildup of costly regulations on the nation’s communities and their rate-paying residents who foot the bill.   In our home states of Ohio and Minnesota, we are seeing firsthand the financial struggle communities[…]

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