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EPA’s Fox Eyes Partnerships To Tackle Water Infrastructure Challenges

Acting EPA water chief Radhika Fox sees stronger partnerships with state and local governments as an important step in tackling major challenges to improve the nation’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and is highlighting a new infrastructure report card from civil engineers as a guide to future policy discussions.

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Merkley becomes chairman of Senate spending panel overseeing EPA

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has become the chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that oversees EPA’s budget, moving to the top Democratic slot on the panel after Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) retired last year.

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House Democrats Eye ‘Ambitious’ Water Infrastructure Funding Measure

Democratic leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) are planning to reintroduce water infrastructure legislation to reauthorize a key EPA funding program at “ambitious” levels, pushing back on Republican concerns that increased federal funding is unrealistic.

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CWA Changes Could Bolster EPA Runoff Control But Legislation Unlikely

Amending the Clean Water Act (CWA) to give EPA more control over nonpoint source pollution could help close gaps in pollution control that would help to better protect drinking water supplies, but getting such legislation through Congress is almost impossible, according to two law professors with long-time ties to EPA.

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Democratic senators urge Biden to fund Chesapeake cleanup

Seven senators from Chesapeake Bay watershed states are urging the president to provide robust funding for bay restoration programs in his fiscal year 2022 budget proposal.

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Broad Coalition Urges EPA To Reverse Trump-Era Safer Choice Cuts

An alliance of major chemical industry groups, state and local regulators, individual companies and environmentalists is urging EPA to reinvigorate its Safer Choice labeling program for household products made with less-toxic materials, building momentum for efforts to undo Trump-era cuts to its staff and resources.

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OIG Plans Review Of EPA Grant Flexibilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is planning to examine how the agency has been implementing grant flexibilities permitted by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) during the COVID-19 pandemic, an effort that addresses a top management challenge OIG identified for the agency last year.

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Environmentalists urge funding efforts to stem plastic pollution

Environmental groups are urging the Biden administration and Congress to back in upcoming spending or other legislation 13 measures aimed at reducing plastic pollution.

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Water Alliance’s COVID-19 Policy Goals Might Get Support From EPA’s Fox

The US Water Alliance is outlining more than 20 federal policy actions to help the water sector and the U.S. economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, some that have been endorsed by key senators and others tied to principles that acting EPA water chief Radhika Fox endorsed when she led the alliance and might support at the agency.

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Manchin joins Senate GOP in support for Trump WOTUS rule

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined the 50 Republican senators to approve a budget resolution amendment signaling support for the Trump administration’s definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS).

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