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Trump threatens to upend FY21 omnibus deal

Even though White House officials earlier suggested President Donald Trump would sign the $2.3 trillion omnibus package Congress approved this week, he is now expressing dissatisfaction with it.

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EPA Seeks To Ease TSCA Fees But Environmentalist Fears Risk Effects

EPA’s plan for overhauling its TSCA fees program seeks to codify a set of short-term categorical waivers it enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for current fee payments, as well as other regulatory relief and payment flexibilities sought by competing industry groups while also increasing the fees charged to industry.

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Final FY21 Spending Deal Includes Boost for Numerous EPA Programs

Lawmakers are releasing a final fiscal year 2021 spending deal that would provide EPA with an almost 2 percent funding boost above current levels, while retaining several policy riders from prior years but not an array of new restrictions that House Democrats had proposed.

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Former EPA Waste Chiefs Suggest Boosting Superfund Financial Stability

Two former EPA waste office chiefs in Democratic administrations say the incoming Biden administration should boost the Superfund program’s decades-long flat budget and write new financial assurance rules to address the program’s financial limits, while predicting the Biden EPA will emphasize climate adaptation in cleanups.

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Prospects Uncertain For Congressional Action On Infrastructure Package

Despite bipartisan support for water infrastructure and other types of infrastructure funding, former congressional staff say the prospects for comprehensive infrastructure legislation in the next Congress appear limited although targeted funding could be included in a potential economic stimulus package.

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Wastewater utilities ask Congress for COVID-19 surveillance funding

Municipal wastewater utilities say they are eager to participate in efforts to track the SARS-CoV-2 virus in wastewater but need additional federal funding and guidance from federal agencies.

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Biden’s Economic Picks Expect To Bring Treasury’s Tools To Climate Policy

Treasury Secretary-designate Janet Yellen and other top Biden economic picks say they will be working with the incoming administration’s National Security Council to re-establish U.S. leadership in addressing climate change, with the department leveraging such tools as sanctioning bad actors and encouraging foreign clean-energy investments.

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Stable Funding For DOE’s Cleanup Budget Likely Under Biden, Congress

Experts on Energy Department (DOE) matters believe DOE’s environmental management (EM) funding -- which usually tops $6 billion annually -- will likely remain stable under the incoming Congress and Biden administration, although they are expressing some reservations over potential future vulnerabilities for the EM program’s budget.

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CAP’s Ambitious Stormwater Funding Recommendations Face Uncertainty

The progressive Center for American Progress (CAP) think tank is urging Congress to massively increase funding for EPA and other federal programs targeted at reducing pollution from stormwater runoff that have strong bipartisan support but which face uncertain prospects in a likely divided Congress with competing budget priorities.

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Senate Floats Flat EPA Funding For Rest Of FY21 In Bid For House Talks

Senate appropriators are floating draft fiscal year 2021 spending legislation that would give EPA essentially flat funding of $9.085 billion, setting up potential negotiations with House lawmakers ahead of next month’s expiration of spending authority for multiple federal agencies.

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