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Democrats Eye Budget 'Rider' For EPA To Conduct Study On Mercury Rule

Congressional Democrats are considering plans 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 which the agency would be required to use to conduct analysis of more stringent mercury emissions proposals.

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Lobbyists Scramble To Restore Water Construction Funds In EPA Budget

A broad coalition of environmental, municipal and water groups are scrambling to convince lawmakers to restore a $500 million cut proposed by the Bush administration to EPA' s clean water infrastructure funds before Senate appropriators vote on the legislation as early as next week, sources with the groups say.

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Jeffords Offers Dim Outlook For Restoring House's Clean Water Cuts

Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT) is doubtful the chamber can restore a House panel's proposed cut to clean-water infrastructure funding included in EPA's budget, as a key Senate subcommittee has launched discussions this week on the agency's fiscal year 2005 spending levels.

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS LAUNCH STRATEGY TO KILL ARMY CORPS FUNDING BILL

Environmentalists are launching a new strategy to kill a controversial Senate bill authorizing funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water resource projects, highlighting that 20 states will receive no money under the bill, one environmentalist familiar with the issue says.

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Wastewater Industry Cites EPA Report To Boost Infrastructure Funds

Wastewater treatment industry officials are citing an EPA report to Congress that recommends improving water infrastructure as the primary way to eliminate sewer overflows to garner support from lawmakers for funding these improvements in 2005, industry sources say.

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California To Enact Fees Funding Host Of Air Quality Programs

The California legislature late on Aug. 27 approved a bill, pushed by a broad coalition of government and industry officials and environmentalists, seeking to generate about $80 million annually through fees to fund a host of air quality programs. California EPA is a major backer of the measure and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is expected to sign it into state law.

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Environmentalists, States Eye New Lobbying Alliance On Water Issues

CHICAGO -- Environmentalists and state water quality officials are exploring new areas for cooperation in the wake of their joint participation in efforts to increase federal water infrastructure funding, but it is not yet clear whether the discussions will lead to new commitments on specific issues, state sources say.

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EPA SEEKS UNSPENT STATE FUNDS TO EASE SUPERFUND BUDGET SHORTFALL

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- EPA is attempting to recover as much as $250 million in unspent Superfund and brownfields funds the agency has distributed to states over the past 14 years to address funding shortfalls that have prevented the agency from beginning cleanup at all eligible Superfund sites, EPA officials say.

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EPA Seeks Unspent State Funds To Ease Superfund Budget Shortfall

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- EPA is attempting to recover as much as $250 million in unspent Superfund and brownfields funds the agency has distributed to states over the past 14 years to address funding shortfalls that have prevented the agency from beginning cleanup at all eligible Superfund sites, EPA officials say.

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DPR BUDGET CHANGE EXPECTED TO IMPROVE MILL DISBURSEMENT TO CACS

The Fiscal Year 2004-05 budget changes the way the Department of Pesticide Regulation distributes money to county agriculture commissioners (CACs) for work they do in issuing restricted materials permits. The proposal only changes the way the money is distributed and does not affect the level of funding the commissioners receive. However, it is intended to streamline the disbursement process at the state level and should provide some administrative relief to the department, according to legislative and CAC sources.

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