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UCS urges workforce-focused agenda for Biden EPA

The Union of Concerned Scientists is calling on former Vice President Joe Biden to take aggressive steps to rebuild EPA’s relationship with its career staff should he win the Nov. 3 election.

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EPA, Democratic senators spar over potential funding threat to cities

EPA and Senate Democrats are clashing over possible cuts to some cities’ environmental funding that the agency may be planning in response to an order by President Donald Trump.

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Trump Creates Interagency ‘Water Subcabinet’ To Modernize Infrastructure

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order (EO) to create an interagency “water subcabinet” led by EPA and the Interior Department (DOI), with the goals of modernizing the nation’s water infrastructure, improving water resources management, and creating job opportunities for American water workers.

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Former EPA Chiefs, Health Experts Stress Equity In Future EPA Air Policies

Three former EPA administrators along with several public health experts say the agency must prioritize environmental justice (EJ) in its future Clean Air Act policies including regulations to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases, with the former agency chiefs saying existing air rules “have come up really short” on protecting equity communities.

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Former EPA Chiefs, Health Experts Stress Equity In Future Air Policies

Three former EPA administrators along with several public health experts say the agency must prioritize environmental justice (EJ) in its future Clean Air Act policies including regulations to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases, with the former agency chiefs saying existing air rules “have come up really short” on protecting equity communities.

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Wheeler Downplays OIG Report Faulting Rights Office, Touts EJ Efforts

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is downplaying an Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) report that said the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is not doing enough to ensure that state programs comply with the Civil Rights Act, while also touting his agency’s efforts to promote environmental justice (EJ) through new grants.

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OIG calls for EPA equity guidance to prevent funding discrimination

EPA’s Office of Inspector General says although the agency’s Office of Civil Rights has eliminated a case backload, additional improvements are necessary to prevent continued discriminatory behavior.

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EPA, IG clash on oversight for management of water contracts

Two EPA offices are in dispute with the agency’s Inspector General (IG) over an IG report finding that the agency cannot prove how more than $10 million of a water office contract was allocated.

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House funding resolution bans USDA RFS payments to refiners

The House-passed continuing funding resolution would prevent Department of Agriculture payments to refiners to compensate for renewable fuel standard waivers for which they no longer qualify.

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OIG plans to audit EPA water infrastructure loans

The self-directed audit announced Sept. 21 is part of the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) focus on ensuring agency compliance with internal controls, one of EPA’s top management challenges.

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