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AGC-Supported Water Infrastructure Trust Fund Legislation Introduced
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LEGISLATION
AGC-Supported Water Infrastructure Trust Fund Legislation Introduced
 

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) has introduced his Water Infrastructure Investment Act with the support of senior Republicans on the water infrastructure authorizing Committees - Rep. Duncan (R-Tenn.), Rep. Whitfield (R-Kty.), Rep. Hanna (R-NY) and Rep. Petri (R-Wis.).  The introduction of the bipartisan Water Infrastructure Financing Act is both important and timely as we look to potentially address shortfalls in our nation's infrastructure funding through ongoing Budget negotiations.

This Trust Fund is a modified version of Blumenauer’s legislation in that it would establish the trust fund, and create a voluntary fee program where manufacturers of products that use significant amounts of water in production or produce materials that require special filtration from wastewater could choose to add a 3 cent surcharge per unit to their product that would be deposited in the trust fund. In exchange, manufacturers would be allowed to display on the product a medallion or label indicating that purchase of the product helps contribute to America’s clean water infrastructure. The money collected would then be split, with 85% going to the Clean Water SRF and 15% going to an innovative water financing program to be created based on the much-lauded TIFIA program in surface transportation. 

Last Congress, Rep. Blumenauer’s bill would have created a trust fund to assess user fees on products that affect the water stream in an attempt to generate around $9 billion per year to the Clean Water SRF to pay for wastewater infrastructure projects. To generate $9 billion annually, the bill proposed fees at the manufacturer level on bottled beverages, pharmaceuticals, and flushable products (personal hygiene, toiletries, cooking oils, etc.). It in unknown at this time how much money this new voluntary approach will collect.

AGC and its industry partners in the Water Infrastructure Network have been active and strong supporters of Congressman Blumenauer's Clean Water Trust Fund approach and strongly support the Water Infrastructure Investment Act. AGC will continue to recruit additional cosponsors and build support for this measure.

Read Rep. Blumenauer’s press release with AGC's words of support here

For more information contact Scott Berry at (703) 837-5321 or berrys@agc.org Return to Top

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