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Senate GOP 'Riders' Target Environmentalists' Lawsuits Against Factory Farms

Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) may seek to prevent future citizen lawsuits against concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) by attaching legislative riders to EPA's spending bill that exempt the facilities from Superfund and other environmental reporting requirements, according to a Craig staffer.

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DEMOCRATS EYE BUDGET 'RIDER' TO REQUIRE EPA STUDY OF MERCURY RULE

Congressional Democrats may try to attach a legislative rider to EPA's upcoming budget bill that would force the agency to conduct studies on its controversial mercury emissions plan that top officials have so far declined to conduct.

One House Democratic source says the rider would not ban EPA from finalizing its mercury trading proposal -- a plan critics say would delay adequate reductions for too long -- but would instead earmark funding the agency would be required to use to analyze more stringent mercury emissions proposals.

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EPA THREATENS CUTS UNLESS REGIONS USE NEW WATER CLEANUP METHODS

EPA is warning its regional offices that they may face funding cuts if they do not adopt new strategies to conserve resources at costly groundwater cleanups, according to a new agency document.

In an Aug. 25 action plan, developed in response to state officials' concerns that they lack the funding to manage the expensive cleanups, EPA lays out the steps it will take to improve its groundwater remedies at Superfund sites, known as "optimization."

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SENATE BUDGET PLAN COULD RESTORE $500 MILLION CLEAN WATER CUT

Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), chairman of the VA-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee, is working on a proposal to increase funding for veterans groups that the senator and other observers say could allow the panel to restore at least some of the $500 million the House cut from its EPA budget bill.

Bond's efforts come after intense lobbying by a bipartisan group of senators and a broad coalition of environmentalists, states and water utility officials reiterated the importance of restoring the funds.

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EPA SEEKS TO HEAD OFF FY06 HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING SHORTFALL

EPA is looking to prevent possible homeland security funding shortfalls in its fiscal year 2006 budget, asking the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) for at least 25 percent more money than agency projections from earlier this year showed EPA was likely to receive, according to budget documents obtained by Inside EPA.

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EPA Audit Finds Slowdown In State Superfund Activities Amid Budget Woes

EPA's inspector general says states have slowed their assessment of Superfund sites -- and consequently their cleanup -- while also facing looming pressures to pay for long-term cleanup operations at contaminated sites. States attribute the problems to funding woes, which numerous Bush administration critics have also blamed for a recent backlog in Superfund cleanup activity.

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Internal EPA Counterterror Strategy Seeks To Fill Funding Gap

EPA is looking to prevent possible homeland security funding shortfalls in its fiscal year 2006 budget by asking the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for spending levels that represent a 25 percent increase over earlier agency proposals, according to internal budget documents obtained by Inside EPA. In a budget request that was slated for submission to OMB on Sept.

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Senate Budget Plan Could Restore $500 Million Clean Water Cut

Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), chairman of the VA-HUD appropriations subcommittee, is working on a proposal to increase funding for veterans groups that the senator and other observers say could allow the panel to restore at least some of the $500 million a House committee slashed from EPA's spending bill.

Bond's efforts come after intense lobbying by a bipartisan group of senators and a broad coalition of environmentalists, states and water utility officials reiterated the importance of restoring the funds.

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EPA THREATENS CUTS UNLESS REGIONS ADOPT NEW CLEANUP METHODS

EPA is warning its regional offices they may face funding cuts if they do not adopt new strategies to conserve resources at costly groundwater cleanups, according to a new agency document.

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EPA Threatens Funding Cuts Unless Regions Adopt New Cleanup Methods

EPA is warning its regional offices they may face funding cuts to their Superfund remedial budgets if they do not adopt new strategies to conserve resources at costly groundwater cleanups, according to a new agency document. In an Aug.

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