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House WIFIA bill introduced

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has introduced H.R. 4468, the "Water Infrastructure Trust Fund Act of 2016". This bipartisan bill establishes a Water Infrastructure Investment Trust Fund. This will provide a small, deficit-neutral, protected source of revenue to help states replace, repair, and rehabilitate critical clean and drinking water facilities by creating a voluntary labeling and contributory system to which businesses that rely on a clean water source could opt-in. It allows businesses to choose to place a small label on their products indicating their commitment to protecting America’s clean water, contributing $0.03 to the Water Infrastructure Trust Fund for each unit bearing the label. The Trust Fund revenue will be distributed to the states as grants and loans through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) to help public water systems finance wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects. The legislation also commissions an EPA study of the water affordability gap facing low-income populations and an analysis of solutions to systemic barriers affecting access to safe water systems. In addition, a recent Congressional Research Service (CRS) report covered WIFIA. more


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