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New Water, Air Rules and Regulations Top State Legislators’ Concern List in 2015

January 14, 2015 - in Corporate, Water

LEXINGTON, Ky., Jan. 14, 2015—New environmental rules and regulations are likely to be a top concern for state legislators during the new legislative session. In June 2014, the EPA proposed the 111(d) Rule to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030.…

Senator Sanders Introduces Bill to Invest $1 Trillion in America’s Infrastructure

January 5, 2015 - in Financial, Renewal/Retrofit

BURLINGTON, Vt., Jan. 3, 2015—U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said today he will introduce legislation when the new session of Congress convenes this…

Michigan State Transportation Commission Urges Legislators to Address Funding Shortfall

December 8, 2014 - in Financial, Transportation

December 4, 2014— The State Transportation Commission (STC) today adopted a resolution encouraging the State Legislature to "immediately take action"…

Amid Drought, New California Law Will Limit Groundwater Pumping for First Time

September 18, 2014 - in Supply, Water

Despite California's reputation as an environmental policy leader, its regulation of groundwater extraction has long been among the weakest in the nation. That changed Tuesday, when California Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of three bills designed to…

California Adopts Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

September 4, 2014 - in Planning, Projects, Supply, Water

The California Legislature adopted a lawmaking package, including Senate Bills 1168 and 1319 and Assembly Bill 1739, and the bills are now awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. Once signed, the bills would establish the Sustainable Groundwater Management…

Statement on Congressional Passage of Short-Term Highway Patch by AASHTO

August 1, 2014 - in Corporate, Transportation

Both houses of Congress today passed legislation to provide short-term funding to the Federal Highway Trust Fund. Had this action not been taken, the Federal Highway Administration would have begun delaying reimbursement payments to state departments of transportation…

North Dakota Saltwater Pipeline Spill Renews Call for More Monitoring

July 18, 2014 - in Energy, Pipelines

State Rep. Dick Anderson, a Republican farmer from Willow City, said he plans to revisit legislation the state Legislature rejected last year that would mandate flow meters and cutoff switches on such lines. The measure failed 86-4 after encountering resistance…

Senate Passes $12.3 Billion Water Infrastructure Bill

May 23, 2014 - in Projects, Water

The Senate on Thursday voted 91-7 to pass a $12.3 billion bill that approves infrastructure projects and aims to boost U.S. ports and waterways. the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) now goes to President Obama's desk for his signature. The…

How Do You Tell a Whole City to Shush?

December 31, 2013 - in Planning

We’re speeding toward the loudest night of the year—New Year’s Eve. But for some city folk, the decibel levels on Dec. 31 may not sound all that different from the volume on, say, Jan. 4. And that, says a growing group of noise control advocates, is…

National Infrastructure Development Bank Act Introduced

July 1, 2013 - in Financial, Maintenance, Projects

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the National Infrastructure Development Bank Act. The bill would create and fund a public bank to leverage public and private dollars for meritorious infrastructure projects of national or regional significance.…