US Congress Agrees on 5-Year Transportation Bill

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After a month of negotiations and bicameral conference meetings, the US House and Senate have come to an agreement on a USD $281 billion transportation bill. The Associated Press’s Joan Lowy notes that the finalized bill, which is expected to be filed Tuesday afternoon (December 1), will increase highway spending by nearly 15% and transit spending by 18%. AASHTO was quick to share the news i... »

Transportation Bill Shows Promise, Including for Geosynthetics

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On November 5, the US House of Representatives passed a six-year extension for the Highway Trust Fund. The House bill was overwhelmingly approved (363 – 64), which now makes it possible for a conference committee to bridge the gap between the House and Senate versions. The first substantially funded transportation bill in a decade seems to be on firm footing—a welcomed change in the US Congress. T... »

EPA Finalizes Clean Water Rule

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The US Environmental Protection Agency announced on May 27 that a long battle to update and expand the protection of the Clean Water Act to all like waters in the US has, at least for a moment, come to a close. A final rule—the Clean Water Rule—has been accepted. This follows debate and litigation going back nearly 15 years. The EPA worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers on the updated rule, w... »

EPA’s First National Regulations for Coal Ash Disposal

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PRESS RELEASE – 19 December 2014, WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the first national regulations to provide for the safe disposal of coal combustion residuals (coal ash) from coal-fired power plants. The final rule establishes safeguards to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures, like the catastrophic Kingston, Tenn., spill in 2008,... »

President Obama Signs WRRDA into Law

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US President Barack Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) into law on Tuesday, June 10. This bill is significant for its lack of earmarks, its extraordinary bipartisan and bicameral support, its approval of all major projects the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) had been waiting on, and its specific mention of geosynthetics. Said the President, “…this bi... »

Interview: Boyd Ramsey on WRRDA’s 7-Year Itch

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Following the historic and overwhelmingly bipartisan passage in the US House and Senate of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), Geosynthetica’s Chris Kelsey talked to Boyd Ramsey, GSE Environmental’s Chief Engineer and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) Executive Council Chairman. GMA’s lobbying efforts over the past seven years—the period of time it took for a n... »

Persistence of GMA Pays off with WRRDA Passage

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The effort to get geosynthetics specifically mentioned in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) extends back many years. It began, in fact, roughly seven years ago following the passage of the last major water resource bill. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) had drafted a strategic plan in 2004 that identified a need for a stronger voice at the federal government policy... »

WRRDA Passes; Cites Sustainability and Durability of Geosynthetics

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On May 22, the US Senate passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The $12.3 billion conference report, passed by the House on May 20, enjoyed staggeringly strong bi-partisan support (91 – 7 in Senate, 412 – 4 in House). It will now go to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. Of note: the bill specifically mentions geosynthetics within a section on durability and susta... »

Senator Boxer’s Floor Statement on WRRDA 2014

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Senator Boxer’s Floor Statement on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) (Remarks as prepared for delivery) I am so pleased that the bipartisan conference agreement on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) is before the Senate today following yesterday’s overwhelming and bipartisan approval in the House of Representatives by a vote of 4... »

Senators Applaud Final Passage of Bipartisan, Bicameral Water Infrastructure Bill

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Washington, D.C. — Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and EPW Ranking Member, Senator David Vitter (R-LA), issued the following statement after the Senate voted 91 to 7 to adopt the Senate-House conference report for the Water Resources and Reform Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA). The House of Representatives passed the measure Tuesday with a... »

Sen. David Vitter: WRRDA Passes Overwhelmingly 91 – 7

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(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter, the lead Senate Republican negotiator for the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA), today announced that it passed 91-7. “This is a huge win for Louisiana that will provide significant coastal restoration, hurricane and flood protection, reforms to the Corps, accelerated projects, and of course, jobs,” Vitter said. “It’... »

USDA Announces New Landmark Conservation Initiatives

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ORRTANNA, Pa. — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that applications are now being accepted for new, landmark conservation initiatives created by the 2014 Farm Bill. The programs will provide up to $386 million to help farmers restore wetlands, protect working agriculture lands, support outdoor recreation activities, and boost the economy. Vilsack made the announcement at Kuhn Orcha... »

Rep. McKinley Introduces Improved Coal Ash Legislation

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Legislation Builds Upon Bicameral, Bipartisan Work from Last Congress, Identifies Common Ground to Move Forward – Environment and the Economy Subcommittee to Vote on Legislation This Week WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee member Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) today introduced a new version of coal ash legislation in the House of Representatives. H.R 2218, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Mana... »

Rep. Heath Shuler’s Statement

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Representative Heath Shuler, (D-NC) gave the following open statement in the House Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment hearing on the Water Resources Development Act of 2008. This hearing statement was made on February 7, 2008….“As a real estate developer, I am very familiar with the infrastructure requirements for a new development. One of the g... »