Early in the morning of September 17th, the Senate Environment and Public Works passed S.2970 by a voice vote. Entitled the Climate Change Drinking Water Adaptation Research Act, the bill directs EPA to set up a research program that examines how climate change will impact water resources. One of the research areas is "impacts on groundwater supplies from carbon sequestration, including research to evaluate potential water quality consequences of carbon sequestration in various regional aquifers, soil conditions, and mineral deposits."

The legislation faces an uncertain future on the floor of the Senate.