Several Markey-led priorities for Massachusetts incorporated into bipartisan legislation, including provisions to benefit Boston Harbor, Hanscom Air Force Base, and local municipalities
Washington (September 15, 2016) – Massachusetts Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren today commended Senate passage of a comprehensive water resources and water infrastructure bill, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016. This bill will help address the adverse effects of climate change, improve the safety of and infrastructure for our nation’s drinking water, and spur economic growth. The legislation included several of the senators’ top priorities for Massachusetts.
“The Senate has passed a robust water resource and infrastructure bill that will help maintain a safe drinking water supply and combat the consequences of climate change in Massachusetts and across the country,” said Senator Markey, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, which has jurisdiction over the WRDA legislation. “This legislative package will help communities improve the quality of their drinking water, prepare for rising seas and more intense storms, and become more competitive in an increasingly globalized economy. I thank Senator Warren for her partnership on the provisions in the legislation that will benefit Massachusetts, and look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that our water resources and infrastructure priorities are met.”
“Everyone needs safe drinking water, and the Water Resources Development Act will support key infrastructure that will help protect our drinking water and our environment. I’m glad the Senate passed this bill,” said Senator Warren. “I’m especially happy we were able to get several good provisions included in the bill that benefit Massachusetts communities and families through support for infrastructure improvements. This is an important part of how the federal government can be a strong partner for our Commonwealth’s cities and towns.”
“Massport is grateful to Sen. Markey for his persistent dedicated stewardship of the dredging project which is critical for a vibrant growing port,” said Massport CEO Tom Glynn. “We are fortunate to have the support of our entire delegation as we move forward.”
The Senators’ provisions incorporated into the legislation include:
In April, Senator Markey joined Senate Democrats in introducing a comprehensive water infrastructure bill, which includes his Contaminant and Lead Electronic Accounting and Reporting Requirements (CLEARR) for Drinking Water Act. The CLEARR Act would require the EPA to establish requirements for electronic reporting of water quality testing results, updating the requirements for repeat- or serious-offender water systems, and creates a system so that residents can request in-home water quality tests from the EPA and receive the test results in an expedited manner. Several of these provisions are included in the WRDA bill.