Beach Act Reauthorization Bill and Clean Water Restoration Act Approved by EPW Committee!
The Beach Act Reauthorization bill (S. 878), now called the Clean Coastal Environment and Public Health Act, and a compromise Clean Water Resotration Act (S. 787) were both marked up by the Senate committee on Environment and Public Works and approved. Additionally, the Sewage Overflow Community Right-to-Know Act (S. 937), the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Continuing Authorization Act (S. 479) and the Contaminated Sedment Remediation Reauthorization Act (S. 933, Great Lakes Legacy Act) were also considered by the committee and were passed on to the Senate floor. The full Senate will now consider these bills.
These are great steps forward, but there is still much work to be done to ensure they all get through the whole Senate!