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EPA funding for equity communities targets environmental risks

The agency is awarding a total of $1.2 million to non-profit groups in 10 environmental justice communities across the country for projects targeting environmental and public health risks.

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House, Senate leaders urge Trump to sign water infrastructure bill

Congressional leaders are touting passage of legislation to expand EPA's drinking water infrastructure program and increase funding for an agency infrastructure loan program.

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OIG's 2019-2023 Plan Targets EPA Goals For Audit, Vows Efficiency Boosts

EPA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) in its newly unveiled strategic plan for 2019-23 is vowing to quickly open audits of the agency’s progress toward six goals that former Administrator Scott Pruitt set for the same time period, while also offering steps for how the OIG plans to improve its own efficiency and effectiveness.

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EPA agrees to new contract payment controls to avert $1.2 billion 'risk'

EPA is agreeing with recommendations from its Office of Inspector General to reduce the potential for human error in the contract billing system that a report found places $1.2 billion “at risk” annually.

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House approves short-term CR, avoiding EPA shutdown

The bill's approval means that lawmakers will now have to negotiate EPA spending for FY19 after the elections, when Democrats are expected to take control of the House and possibly the Senate.

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OIG launches reviews of EPA Harvey spending, pesticide oversight

EPA's Office of Inspector General is launching more reviews of agency programs, less than a month before Inspector General Arthur Elkins, Jr. plans to leave EPA.

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EPA Union Chief Sees Pay Freeze, Rule Rollbacks Exacerbating Staff 'Exodus'

The head of a major EPA staff union is attacking President Donald Trump's bid to freeze pay levels for federal employees as a fresh blow to morale for an agency whose staff is already opposed to its current deregulatory agenda, saying it will exacerbate an employee “exodus” that started when EPA pursued major regulatory rollbacks.

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Senate passes CR, signaling impasse on EPA budget

If the House passes the continuing resolution it will ensure EPA keeps operating at its current budget even if lawmakers cannot agree on a new spending bill for the agency.

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IG criticizes EPA's lax scrutiny of asbestos in schools

The watchdog's findings add to concerns that the agency is not adequately regulating the carcinogen under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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Democrats say riders could block EPA budget bill

Democrats negotiating EPA's FY19 spending bill say policy riders have “plagued” the talks and are still unresolved, though a top Senate Republican is calling for them to be removed.

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