Senate approves 2016 Water Resources Development Act

The US Senate passed the 2016 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) by 95 to 3 votes. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced the measure on Apr. 25. The American Petroleum Institute applauded the Senate’s Sept. 15 bipartisan action.

“This bill, aimed at maintaining and improving the safety of our nation’s ports and harbors, will help ensure that our nation’s energy renaissance continues to provide benefits to American consumers while taking steps to improve the environment,” API Executive Vice-Pres. Louis Finkel said.

About 40% of all goods transported on US waterways are crude oil or petroleum products, Finkel noted. The WRDA would ensure that the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund has the resources needed to maintain our nation’s ports and harbors, Finkel said.

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