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House Appropriators Propose To Boost EPA's FY20 Funds By $672 Million

The House Appropriations Committee is floating increases to EPA funding in its fiscal year 2020 spending bill for the agency, laying out a plan that would reverse years of proposed and actual decreases in EPA funding and which sets up further negotiations with the GOP-controlled Senate and White House.

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Democratic state AGs urge Congress to reject EPA budget cut

State officials including 18 attorneys general are calling on House and Senate leaders to reject the White House’s request for deep EPA budget cuts and instead maintain or boost its funding in fiscal year 2020.

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States Fault EPA’s Proposed FY20 Cuts To Clean Air Act Grant Programs

State and local air regulators are faulting EPA’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget cuts to key Clean Air Act grant programs on which they rely, arguing in comments on the agency’s draft air office funding guidance that further reducing grant funding to states will hinder already strained programs and risk harming public health.

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House panel poised to boost allowable EPA funding for FY20

The House Appropriations Committee is slated to boost total allowable funding levels for EPA and other agencies in fiscal year 2020, suggesting a potential budget boost for EPA compared to FY19.

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Lawmakers Scrutinize DOE Over Growing Environmental Liabilities

House lawmakers are pressing the Energy Department (DOE) for answers on its growing environmental liability, estimated at almost $400 billion, particularly as that liability outpaces annual cleanup spending, and are questioning how that liability can be cut when the Trump administration is proposing budget cuts to the cleanup program.

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IG to review toxics office's implementation of TSCA reform

“The OIG’s objective is to determine whether the EPA has met Lautenberg Act deadlines, and whether the EPA has the staff, resources and management controls in place to meet future statutory deadlines.”

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State Water Regulators Urge Senate To Reject EPA’s FY20 Grant Cuts

State water regulators are urging Senate appropriators to reject EPA's proposed fiscal year 2020 cuts to grants aimed at helping states implement the Clean Water Act (CWA), saying maintaining or exceeding current funding levels would demonstrate a clear commitment to the collaborative federal-state relationship.

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Bay Program Weighs Private Capital For Funding Nutrient Cleanup

The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP), a federal-state partnership, is preparing to decide how to respond to a 2018 report from an EPA financial advisory panel intended to improve access to private equity capital to fund reductions in nonpoint sources of nutrients and sediment, with one expert cautioning the report may not address the whole watershed.

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EPA Advisers Outline Policy Changes To Encourage Utility 'Regionalization'

EPA's financial advisory panel is recommending the agency take a number of steps to encourage the “regionalization” of water utilities, including examining whether a grant allocation formula creates disincentives for states to promote beneficial consolidation of water systems and how to use the permitting system to bolster the effort.

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Draft EPA FY20 Guidance Floats Plans For New Water, Enforcement Metrics

Draft EPA guidance for implementing its pending fiscal year 2020 budget includes plans from the enforcement and water offices to craft and track an array of new compliance metrics they say will provide more details on the extent of environmental violations and other factors, which will lead to more-specific policy goals for core agency programs.

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