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Democrats Hope Public Pressure Will Convince Republicans To Act On PFAS

As House Democrats begin floor debate on a comprehensive bill aimed at regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), they say growing public concerns will help persuade intransigent Senate Republicans and the Trump administration to consider the bill, particularly as it is a top concern in Michigan, a key swing state in the upcoming presidential election.

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House Democrats Hand EPA Major Roles In Proposed Climate Framework

House Energy & Commerce Committee Democrats are floating a “framework” for climate legislation that envisions major roles for EPA in the development and implementation of greenhouse gas reduction strategies -- in cooperation with states and other federal agencies -- in the transportation, industrial, power and other sectors.

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EPA Implements NDAA’s TRI Reporting Of PFAS But Lacks Key Methods

Even as it continues to seek comment on the issue, EPA has begun implementing new defense law provisions subjecting certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting though sources say the agency lacks mature methods for estimating air emissions and compiling release data in other media.

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Auto trade groups announce merger

The announcement of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation comes amid deep splits in the sector over the Trump administration’s approach to fuel economy rules, and the group may “tread light” on this issue.

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House Democrats’ Bid For Senate Talks On PFAS Bill Runs Into GOP Wall

After failing to agree on key per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) provisions in the recent defense bill, a top House Democrat is urging his colleagues to approve a sweeping bill, slated for floor action this week, to address the chemicals as a way to begin Senate talks but the bill is facing a White House veto threat, intransigence from a key GOP senator and criticism from House Republicans.

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EIP Warns Of Massive GHG, Pollution Increases From Oil & Gas Boom

One day after the oil industry sought to tout the greenhouse gas and other benefits of oil and gas drilling, environmentalists are warning that planned expansions throughout the industry could bring a 30 percent increase in GHGs over the next five years, along with corresponding increases in conventional air pollutants that harm public health.

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API touts GHG cuts but sidesteps queries on ethanol’s benefits

The American Petroleum Institute’s President and CEO Mike Sommers says the oil and gas sector is cutting greenhouse gases but demurred on questions about why it opposes ethanol as a GHG reduction option.

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House lawmakers to unveil major climate proposals

House Energy & Commerce Committee Democrats are poised to release a long-awaited plan to achieve deep carbon reductions across the economy, while a bipartisan group of lawmakers is floating an energy incentive plan.

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EPA, California Appear To Ease SIP Strife Though Environmentalists Resist

EPA is recognizing California officials’ efforts to reduce a backlog of state implementation plans (SIPs) to achieve national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), potentially signaling some easing of tensions between the Trump administration and Golden State, even though they remain at odds on various other environmental policies.

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API Touts Sector’s Economic, Climate Role As 2020 Scrutiny Escalates

The oil and gas sector is ramping up a public campaign touting economic benefits of energy development -- including reduced carbon dioxide emissions by displacing coal power -- in an effort to push back against Democrats’ election-year push for new limits fossil fuel production and sweeping climate change policies.

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