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EFAB Eyes Steps For EPA To Expand Small Manufacturer Pollution Funds

EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) is asking the agency’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) for recommendations on how the agency can help expand small manufacturing facilities’ access to financing options that can be used for pollution prevention activities.

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House Republicans unveil water infrastructure plan

The bill’s provisions are nearly identical to a compromise bipartisan bill that passed the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) in 2019 but which is less than what Democrats are now seeking.

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Governors urge Congress to invest $1 billion in Chesapeake Bay

The governors of the six states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed say the significant and much needed infusion of new funds will jumpstart the final phase of restoration ahead of an EPA deadline as well as create jobs.

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PEER Accuses CSB Chair Of Misspending Funds, Undermining Nominees

An environmental whistleblower group claims Katherine Lemos, chair and sole current member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) rewrote the panel’s governing rules to “consolidate” her power at the expense of three pending nominees, and claims she has improperly spent CSB funds during her tenure.

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IG faults lack of EPA compliance with COVID-19 funding laws, rules

EPA’s Inspector General (IG) is faulting the agency’s Office of Chief Financial Officer for not complying with laws and rules for its implementation of last year’s COVID-19 economic stimulus law.

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Pallone Uses EPA FY22 Hearing To Call For Reinstating Superfund Taxes

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) used an April 29 hearing on EPA’s fiscal year 2022 budget request to make the case for reinstating the long-expired Superfund taxes on industry, saying it would provide “dedicated’ funding as the agency struggles with a backlog of orphan waste sites needing cleanup.

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Senate approves $35 billion water infrastructure bill

The 89-2 vote approves a $35 billion drinking water and wastewater infrastructure bill that both Democrats and Republicans have touted as a key component of comprehensive infrastructure plans.

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Regan Faces Senators’ Competing Queries On EPA Plans At FY22 Hearing

EPA Administrator Michael Regan faced competing queries about his regulatory plans during a Senate environment panel hearing on EPA’s fiscal year 2022 budget request, with GOP senators seeking specifics on the Biden EPA’s policy agenda while Democrats urged continuing probes of claims of political interference in Trump-era scientific decisions.

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Biden Backs Senate Water Infrastructure Bill As ‘Good Start’ For Funding

President Joe Biden is backing bipartisan water infrastructure legislation likely to be considered on the Senate floor April 28, saying in a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) that the bill aligns with his administration’s goals and that it “is a good start to the much-needed funding” to improve water quality and provide jobs.

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Local governments, union press for massive DOE cleanup funding boost

Local governments and a metal trades union are urging Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and congressional members to back a one-time, massive infusion of cleanup funding for the department.

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