EPA Policies Concerning Integrated Planning and Affordability of Water Infrastructure [April 1, 2016] [open pdf - 533KB]
"For several years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working with states and cities to develop and implement new approaches that will achieve water quality goals cost-effectively and in a manner that addresses the most pressing water infrastructure problems first. Two such recent EPA initiatives are an integrated planning policy and a framework policy for assessing a community's financial capability to meet objectives and requirements of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Pressed by municipalities about the challenges and costs that they face in addressing needs for wastewater and stormwater control projects, in 2012 EPA issued an integrated permitting and planning policy. The intention of the policy is to provide communities with flexibility to prioritize and sequence needed water infrastructure investments so that limited public dollars can be invested in ways that each municipality finds most valuable. […] EPA's integrated planning process and water infrastructure affordability are issues of interest to legislators. For example, bills have been introduced in the 114th Congress that propose to codify an integrated approach to permitting and planning of water infrastructure projects (H.R. 1093/S. 2358 and H.R. 1705). The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Subcommittee on Water Resources has held several oversight hearings on EPA's integrated planning policy and the agency's approach to determining a community's ability to afford water infrastructure projects."
CRS Report for Congress, R44223
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html