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Endangered Species Act Critics Push Budget 'Riders' Seeking Broad Exemptions

Critics of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are circulating legislation that environmentalists say would allow EPA to exempt all pesticide-approval decisions from the law. Proponents of the plan are trying to convince lawmakers to include it in omnibus appropriations legislation that is steamrolling through Congress, according to several environmentalists.

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Clean Water Funding Cuts Likely In FY05 Omnibus Spending Legislation

Clean water grants are likely to face a 20 percent cut below fiscal year 2004 levels in the FY05 omnibus appropriations legislation, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) told lawmakers Nov. 17.

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Endangered Species Act Critics Push Budget 'Riders' Seeking Broad Exemptions

Critics of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are circulating legislation that environmentalists say would allow EPA to exempt all pesticide-approval decisions from the law. Proponents of the plan are trying to convince lawmakers to include it in omnibus appropriations legislation that is steamrolling through Congress, according to several environmentalists.

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Developers Draft Plan To Amend Species Act In Upcoming Budget Bill

Developers are asking lawmakers to include in an omnibus appropriations bill a proposal that would amend the Endangered Species Act, which environmentalists say would overturn recent court decisions that favor tough protections of threatened wildlife under the statute. The legislative proposal could be slipped into the massive federal spending bill that congressional staff and lawmakers are negotiating behind closed doors.

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SUCCESS OF L.A. STORMWATER BOND MAY SPUR 2006 COPYCAT MEASURES

Voter approval of a $500-million bond to clean up stormwater in the city of Los Angeles is leading other major city and county officials to consider their own initiatives in the 2006 election. Also known as the Clean Water, Ocean, River, Beach, Bay Storm Water Clean-Up Bond, Measure O levies a $35-per-house tax on homeowners to increase funding for stormwater operations and maintenance.

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Gilman Resignation Sparks Concern Over Fate Of Key Science Initiatives

EPA science officials are raising concerns about the announced resignation of their boss Paul Gilman, questioning the fate of key policy initiatives that are tied directly to him. Those sentiments are being echoed by science policy experts outside the agency who support Gilman's initiatives on computational toxicology and an overall examination of the agency's risk assessment process to keep it up-to-date with scientific practices outside EPA.

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS TARGET POSSIBLE BUDGET 'RIDERS' TO OMNIBUS BILL

Environmentalists have identified a number of legislative provisions they fear could be attached to an upcoming omnibus appropriations bill, including proposals that would exclude concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) from environmental reviews and expand energy exploration in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The activists say they are trying to drum up opposition to the provisions in time for the Nov. 16 return of lawmakers to Capitol Hill for a post-election, lame-duck session to complete work on a budget for the federal government.

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS TARGET POSSIBLE BUDGET 'RIDERS' TO OMNIBUS BILL

Environmentalists have identified a number of legislative provisions that they fear could be attached to an upcoming omnibus appropriations bill, including proposals that would exclude concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) from environmental reviews and expand energy exploration in Alaska's Arctic wildlife refuge.

The activists say they are trying to drum up opposition to the provisions in time for the Nov. 16 return of lawmakers to Capitol Hill for a post-election, lame-duck session to complete work on a budget for the federal government.

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FY04 CLEANUP DELAYS RENEW DEMOCRATS' CRITICISM OF SUPERFUND BUDGET

EPA's recent acknowledgment that it was unable to start cleanup at 34 Superfund projects in fiscal year 2004 is renewing Democratic criticism of the Bush administration for not supporting renewal of the expired Superfund taxes that formerly helped finance the waste cleanup program.

In separate Oct. 14 letters to Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT) and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), acting waste chief Thomas P. Dunne noted that EPA started cleanup at 27 Superfund projects nationwide in FY04.

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TREASURER SEEKS CAL/EPA INPUT ON LOANS TO PREVENT DAIRY POLLUTION

Air and water board officials are expected to help develop guidelines for a state loan program that has come under recent fire for doling out almost $70 million over the last four years to dairy projects that increased air pollution. The three-man board that controls the loan program this week voted to freeze for the next 90 days any loan processing or approvals, in order to review the program and seek input from stakeholders and experts, including air and water board officials.

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