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Senate Urged To Back RCRA On PFAS As Regan Ducks CERCLA Query

New Mexico’s environment secretary is urging senators to back calls for EPA to designate certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a “hazardous waste” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) a possible alternative to long-running calls for the agency to take a similar action under the Superfund law.

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House Democrats Optimistic Of Deal With Senate On Water Funding Bill

House Democrats are optimistic they will reach agreement with the Senate on clean water infrastructure investments for EPA even while pushing a bill that authorizes higher funding levels than the Senate approved, pointing to offers from Senate Republicans during failed talks with President Joe Biden.

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GAO finds DOE faces environmental liabilities of $512 billion

The Energy Department is facing growing environmental cleanup liability, hitting $512 billion, mainly due to its remaining nuclear waste cleanups, the Government Accountability Office says.

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House Panel Eyes Massive Water Bill As Biden Infrastructure Talks Collapse

The House transportation committee is poised to mark up a $51 billion EPA clean water infrastructure bill June 9 that authorizes significantly more funding than a companion bill that cleared the Senate, following the breakdown in negotiations between President Joe Biden and Senate Republicans over an additional, broader infrastructure package.

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Senate Democrats Push New Bills To Speed, Fund DOD PFAS Cleanups

With backing from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Democrats are pushing new legislation that aims to speed the cleanup of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at Defense Department (DOD) locations by setting deadlines for testing and remediating sites and authorizing a one-time $10 billion investment to fund the effort.

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White House Advisors Expect To Seek ‘Adjustments’ To Interagency EJ Plan

White House advisors say they expect to seek “adjustments” when an inter-agency group releases guidance for how officials plan to implement President Joe Biden’s environmental justice (EJ) agenda, including for how officials meet goals to ensure that 40 percent of the benefit goes to relevant communities and to limit development of polluting infrastructure.

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EJ Advocates Expect To Seek ‘Adjustments’ To Interagency Plan

White House advisors say they expect to seek “adjustments” when an inter-agency group releases guidance for how officials plan to implement President Joe Biden’s environmental justice (EJ) agenda, including for how officials meet goals to ensure that 40 percent of the benefit goes to relevant communities and to limit development of polluting infrastructure.

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Lawmakers Seek Major New EPA Program On PFAS In Infrastructure Bill

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is seeking to create and fund a major new EPA program to assess, monitor and remediate contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in any upcoming infrastructure bill, with the officials urging EPA to partner with the Defense Department (DOD) to ensure contaminated communities are consulted.

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Biden EPA’s FY22 Budget Hike Seeks To Reverse Years Of ‘Level’ Funding

The Biden administration’s fiscal year 2022 budget request seeks significant increases for EPA programs across the board, which if approved by Congress, could reverse decades of “level” funding that experts say has resulted in marked decreases in the agency’s ability to tackle environmental challenges.

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Bipartisan Bill Aims To Clean Up ‘Orphaned’ Oil Wells Targeted In Biden Plan

Bipartisan support appears to be growing on Capitol Hill to provide funds to clean up orphaned oil and gas wells that can release environmental pollutants, an issue targeted in President Joe Biden’s massive infrastructure investment plan as well as the administration’s budget request for fiscal year 2022.

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