On Wednesday, Congressman Daniel Webster presented the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection act. Legislation that looks to reduce the amount of wildfires caused by damaged electrical infrastructure, including power lines.
The bill would set into place requirements for federal agencies involving the placement of electrical infrastructure near vegetation and would require those agencies to act in order to avoid the possibility of poor conditions which could potentially cause fires. The regulation also streamlines the inspection process for individual land owners.
“This bill employs simple, pragmatic solutions to improve our nation’s infrastructure and advance our energy and water strategy.” said Webster in his remarks on Capitol Hill “It’s about avoiding energy blackouts and preventing forest fires.”
The bill is a bipartisan initiative with Oregon Democrat Kurt Schrader. Similar legislation was filed in 2015 but later stalled.
Florida has seen hundreds of wildfires in recent months due to dry weather conditions, putting entire residential neighborhoods at risk. Here in Central Florida there was burn ban in place in most counties which lasted much of the spring was were only recently lifted.
You can watch Webster’s remarks below..