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Administration Talks On Revised Dioxin Review Prompt EPA Budget Fears

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the Bush administration are renegotiating a plan to review EPA's dioxin risk study after NAS officials late last year rejected an interagency plan for a broad, year-long review of the dioxin study. NAS officials say the earlier proposed review was under-funded and too broad to complete in the proposed timeframe.

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Senate Vote Sets Stage For EPA Funding Increases In FY04 Budget

The likely Senate approval of comprehensive fiscal year 2004 spending legislation as soon as this week would preserve hundreds of millions of dollars in increased spending for EPA's operating programs that would otherwise be lost, according to both congressional and agency sources.

While the Senate failed to pass the measure Jan. 20, Capitol Hill sources say Senate passage now appears increasingly likely amid waning Democratic interest in blocking the measure. The House passed the legislation last year and President Bush has indicated he will sign the bill.

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States To Offer Grants To Promote Priorities In Federal Policymaking

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), which represents the heads of state environment departments, has launched a new grants program that seeks to ensure that state priorities are recognized in the annual agreements they sign with EPA.

States often make environmental programs a priority in their annual planning documents but those priorities do not "see the light of day in the federal document," according to one state source. "That's the main complaint" with the state-EPA priority-setting and planning process, the source says.

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White House Reg Review Office Faces Budget Cut In Standoff With GOP Lawmaker

The White House regulatory review office's annual budget of approximately $7 million may face a cut of $1 million unless the office completes a cost analysis requested by a Republican lawmaker on the government's efforts to ensure services for non-English speaking people. The potential budget cut is the latest development in a long-stand face-off between the White House office and Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK) over a Clinton-era requirement, and could affect EPA and other federal agency regulations that are reviewed by the office.

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Omnibus Appropriations Bill Cuts Wetlands Protections In USDA Program

The omnibus appropriations bill pending before Congress cuts protections for thousands of acres of agricultural wetlands under a major Agriculture Department (USDA) program, which a top EPA water official says provides landowners important financial incentives to preserve wetlands.

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Senate Measure Barring 'Senior Discount' Marks Defeat For OMB's Graham

Senate approval of a provision that would prevent EPA from using a controversial risk-benefit analysis method that places a lower value on senior citizens' lives marks the first time Congress has publicly rejected contentious regulatory reforms advocated by White House regulatory chief John Graham, EPA and other sources say.

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Omnibus Spending Bill Would Limit Revisions To Brownfields Grants

House appropriators have rejected efforts by the Senate to permanently expand the definition of who can receive brownfields grants by limiting the proposed eligibility revision to one year as part of an omnibus appropriations bill awaiting final congressional approval.

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Republicans Attach LNG Loan Guarantees To Omnibus Spending Bill

An omnibus appropriations bill that could be voted on by Congress next week includes a provision to provide federal subsidies for the construction of a natural gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities along the U.S. West Coast, in an effort to transport Alaskan natural gas to the lower 48 states. The provision was a last-minute addition to a massive spending bill unveiled last week after a similar proposal was rejected during Republican-led negotiations over comprehensive energy legislation, which has stalled in the Senate.

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Clean Air Exemption For Small Engines Stripped From EPA Spending Bill

House and Senate lawmakers have agreed to remove a provision from legislation appropriating funds for EPA that would have restricted the ability of California, and ultimately other states, to regulate air pollution from new gasoline engines under 50 horsepower. The provisions reportedly were dropped after a chorus of opposition from state officials and intervention from California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R).

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Republicans Might Attach Energy Bill To Omnibus Spending Package If Filibuster Prevails

Senate Democrats say they expect Republicans to try to attach comprehensive energy legislation to an omnibus spending package if Democrats succeed in a possible threatened filibuster of the bill, Democratic sources say. A spokesman for the Senate energy committee denied that was the Republican strategy, but conceded it is a possibility.

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