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WIP III wastewater bill received favorably by House committee

SB 1354 (Hanger) has been heard for the first time in the House, reporting favorably out of the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday, February 11.  SB 1354 is one of a pair of bills that establishes a framework and timeline for wastewater treatment plants to undertake improvement projects to achieve specific goals in nitrogen and phosphorous reductions.  These goals, and the specific timelines introduced in this legislation, will ensure the wastewater sector – and the Commonwealth as a whole – will meet its Chesapeake Bay nutrient reduction targets by the WIP’s 2025 deadline.

For more information on these important pieces of legislation, please see our previous write-up here.

SB 1354 passed the full Senate on February 5.  It will now be heard in the House Appropriations Committee.  The House companion bill, HB 2129 (Lopez), passed the full house on February 3.  That bill has been assigned to the Senate, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, where it awaits a hearing.

VACo is proud to support both of these bills.

VACo Contact: Chris McDonald, Esq.

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