January 31, 2022 News & Press Releases

ICYMI: EPA Head Michael Regan Visits Virginia, Highlights Historic Funding For Clean Water Across Virginia

by Democratic Party of Virginia

Hampton Roads, VA —On Friday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan, joined by Senator Tim Kaine, Rep. Elaine Luria, and Rep. Bobby Scott, visited Hampton Roads to highlight President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill that will deliver clean drinking water to all Virginians and eliminate the nation’s lead service lines and pipes. 

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will create jobs, provide clean drinking water, upgrade our roads, airports, and rail, and is a critical first step towards a clean energy future. In Virginia alone, the Commonwealth will receive:

$738 million to improve water infrastructure across the state and ensure that clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities
$7 billion for federal-aid highway, apportioned programs, and $537 million for bridge replacement
$1.2 billion over five years under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to improve public transportation options across the state
$100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state
$386 million for infrastructure development for airports over five years

What Virginians Are Reading:
WAVY 10: EPA head Michael Regan stops in Chesapeake and Smithfield to highlight Biden’s infrastructure law funding
By, Brain Reese
“U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan made two stops in Hampton Roads on Friday to highlight how funding from President Biden’s infrastructure bill will improve water infrastructure.
Reps. Elaine Luria (D-2nd District) and Bobby Scott (D-3rd District) joined Regan and EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administration Adam Ortiz in Chesapeake and Smithfield at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D) joined a tour of a Chesapeake neighborhood with lead service line challenges. President Biden has promised to replace every lead pipe in the country, and the bipartisan infrastructure bill allocates $15 billion to that goal.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Front of the line? Richmond seeks federal help for $1.3 billion sewer project
By, Michael Martz
“The leader of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday brought a message of potential financial relief for Richmond, which is under mounting state political pressure to complete a $1.3 billion cleanup of an antiquated sewer system that overflows into the James River during heavy rains.
Environment Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan toured the Shockoe Retention Basin — built almost 40 years ago to catch the “first flush” of sewage-contaminated stormwater — with Rep. Don McEachin, D-4th, and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., who are seeking his help.”

ABC 8: Richmond short $1 billion in fight against flooding
By, Alex Thorson
“Changes are coming to Virginia to fight flooding and make sure you have clean drinking water. On Friday, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Michael Regan toured the Shockoe Bottom basin while touting the new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
“The Commonwealth of Virginia will receive $126 million of infrastructure funding this year in 2022,” Regan said.”