On Friday, Mar. 29, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited Denver, Colo. where he announced new funding for the Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program and delivered the keynote address to the American Bar Association's Environmental Law Conference.
“While touring the Denver Water Recycling Plant, I saw firsthand the innovative approaches that communities in the West are taking to solve their water challenges. EPA’s new round of WIFIA financing can provide up to $6 billion for states to use to address their unique water issues, improve public health protections, and create jobs,” Wheeler said. “It was also a privilege to visit with EPA’s Region 8 staff and see the important work they’re doing to address the needs of the local communities and continue our progress cleaning up some of the nation’s most complex Superfund sites.”
According to the EPA, Wheeler began his trip by delivering the keynote address to the American Bar Association's Environmental Law Conference where he discussed the need for America to strive to provide the best available practices to countries around the world on energy and clean water issues. Wheeler then met with the Western Energy Alliance and held a roundtable discussion regarding air quality issues impacting the West and how the Trump administration is committed to providing regulatory certainty while improving environmental outcomes.
He also met with EPA Region 8 officials to discuss issues impacting one of EPA's largest regions. According to the EPA, Wheeler met with the Region 8 risk communication work group, who helps identify how to communicate risks to Region 8 residents in cases of emergencies or natural disasters. He also met with regional Superfund officials to discuss the ongoing progress in cleaning up the Silver Bow Butte and Anaconda sites in Montana.
“I’m glad to have Administrator Wheeler come visit the Denver area so show him first hand the innovation Colorado has shown with regard to water reuse,” said Doug Benevento, senior counselor for Regional Management and State Affairs. “The Trump Administration will continue to prioritize providing clean water to all Americans and EPA will continue to work with our state and local partners to achieve this goal.”