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Critics of EO axing advisory panels urge Trump to rescind order

A wide-ranging collection of groups is arguing that President Donald Trump’s executive order requiring EPA and other agencies to eliminate advisory panels is “arbitrary,” “specious” and harmful.

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Amid Uncertain Outlook, Senate Spending Panel Moves EPA FY20 Bill

The full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a fiscal year 2020 spending bill for EPA and several other agencies that funds the agency at $9.01 billion, a $161 million boost over current levels that includes either modest increases or flat funding for numerous EPA programs.

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Wheeler Pledge To Block California Highway Funds Draws State Concern

State officials are expressing surprise at EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s unprecedented threat to withhold California’s highway funds and concern that the agency may try to apply similar approaches to numerous other states with air quality problems.

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Senate Appropriators Seek FY20 EPA Funding Boost, Limit Riders

Senate appropriators are advancing an EPA fiscal year 2020 spending bill that would boost funding for the agency by $161 million over current spending levels, a first step toward reaching a conference with House lawmakers on the measure, though the Senate bill provides EPA with $500 million less than the House version.

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EPA proposes list of advisory committees to eliminate

Administrator Andrew Wheeler did not say which panels the agency had recommended to eliminate but he said the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee was not among them.

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EPA headed for CR as Senate weighs spending bill

Expected passage of the stop-gap spending bill means lawmakers will have until Nov. 21 to resolve differences over House-approved restrictions on EPA deregulatory measures.

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Rejecting EPA Efforts, House Panel Broadly Backs Regional Programs

Rejecting Trump administration efforts to eliminate EPA regional program, the House transportation committee in a strong bipartisan vote has approved several bills to create new or reauthorize existing programs focused on regional waterbodies, seeking to provide Puget Sound and the San Francisco Bay with focused attention like the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes.

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EPA CFO resigns effective immediately

Holly Greaves, who joined EPA from an accounting firm in early 2017 and became the agency’s chief financial officer in March 2018, is stepping down.

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CAP touts ‘direct’ infrastructure spending to cut GHGs

“It is urgent that Congress pursue all avenues to reduce carbon pollution and address climate change, including through direct federal spending,” the Democratic-leaning group says in a new report.

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OIG OKs Pruitt’s Use Of Special SDWA Authority For Political Hires

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that former agency chief Scott Pruitt increased the use of a special statutory provision to hire “administratively determined” (AD) staff, in part to speed the hiring of political appointees, though the OIG says the shift did not exceed the agency’s authority.

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