E&E Daily – A Senate bill introduced yesterday would authorize $13.2 billion in spending over six years to reduce freight congestion and shipment delays through upgrades to highways, railroads, and ports. The “National Multimodal Freight Policy and Investment Act,” S. 1680, draws on recommendations from a national advisory committee created under a 2012 transportation law, bill sponsor Maria Cantwell (D-WA) said in a news release.
Wall Street Journal – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given the green light to the Port of Charleston to deepen its harbor, a project port officials say is key to remaining a top destination for container ships on the East Coast. Thursday’s decision, in which the Corps unanimously approved a feasibility study and environmental impact statement for the project, allows the South Carolina Ports Authority to deepen its harbor from 45 feet to 52 feet.
New York Times – Californians have been ordered to save water because of the drought. But one of the best way sot save it is to not lose it in the first place. That is why many cities in this thirsty state have declared a war on leaks.
E&E Daily – Witnesses and lawmakers on a House Natural Resources subcommittee seemed to agree yesterday on the need for several bills to increase water supplies to some Western areas and help fix the Bureau of Reclamation’s aging infrastructure. Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee members expressed bipartisan support for Rep. Paul Gosar’s (R-AZ) H.R. 1107, which would mandate the publishing of reports on the maintenance needs at Bureau of Reclamation facilities, including the agency’s hundreds of Western dams.
Michigan Radio – When Metro Detroit got hit by an unprecedented rainstorm last August, it unleashed massive flooding – and an estimated ten billion gallons of raw sewage – into the region’s waterways. That was an extreme event. But those types of downpours are happening more and more, and for decades Detroit’s aging water system has dealt with sewage overflows.
E&E Daily – The House yesterday approved several amendments to the fiscal 2016 spending plan for the Interior Department and U.S. EPA and set up votes on other contentious provisions for after the Fourth of July recess. Among the 15 amendments approved by voice vote yesterday were provisions that would boost funding for EPA’s inspector general, move funding from the EPA to the Forest Service’s fuels program and reduce the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement’s resources.
E&E Daily – What kinds of transportation projects are best suited for public-private partnerships? Big projects, complex projects and risky projects, according to a diverse cast of witnesses at a Senate Finance Committee hearing yesterday.