The Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act would:
• Establish an Office of Municipal Ombudman at the EPA to assist cities as they work to comply with federal environmental laws.
• Provide flexibility to communities as they prioritize investments in wastewater and storm water projects.
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• Require the Environmental Protection Agency to update its guidance and expand the criteria for determining affordability and revise its guidance for affordability measures.
“Local communities are working to upgrade our aging water infrastructure systems, but too often struggle with the costs of inflexible government mandates, and families are forced to pay higher utility bills as a result,” Portman said in a statement. “Our legislation would give local communities more flexibility in complying with these mandates and encourage the EPA to work with them in developing innovative and cost-effective ways to upgrade our water infrastructure so it’s healthy and safe for all Ohioans.”
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