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Water Alliance’s COVID-19 Policy Goals Might Get Support From EPA’s Fox

The US Water Alliance is outlining more than 20 federal policy actions to help the water sector and the U.S. economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, some that have been endorsed by key senators and others tied to principles that acting EPA water chief Radhika Fox endorsed when she led the alliance and might support at the agency.

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Manchin joins Senate GOP in support for Trump WOTUS rule

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined the 50 Republican senators to approve a budget resolution amendment signaling support for the Trump administration’s definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS).

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Biden cancels last-minute Trump rescissions to EPA’s budget

President Joe Biden on Jan. 31 cancelled 11th-hour rescissions former President Donald Trump made to EPA and other agencies’ budgets.

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Municipal Water Utilities Launch Campaign For Federal Affordability Help

Municipally owned wastewater and drinking water utilities are urging the Biden administration and Congress to address a trio of interrelated concerns affecting water affordability and sustainability, launching a new campaign to press for permanent low-income customer assistance, increased EPA water infrastructure funding, and COVID-19 relief.

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Pingree to lead House appropriations environment panel

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) will head the House Appropriations Committee’s panel on interior, environment and related agencies, which has authority over EPA’s budget.

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Trump threatens to upend FY21 omnibus deal

Even though White House officials earlier suggested President Donald Trump would sign the $2.3 trillion omnibus package Congress approved this week, he is now expressing dissatisfaction with it.

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EPA Seeks To Ease TSCA Fees But Environmentalist Fears Risk Effects

EPA’s plan for overhauling its TSCA fees program seeks to codify a set of short-term categorical waivers it enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for current fee payments, as well as other regulatory relief and payment flexibilities sought by competing industry groups while also increasing the fees charged to industry.

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Final FY21 Spending Deal Includes Boost for Numerous EPA Programs

Lawmakers are releasing a final fiscal year 2021 spending deal that would provide EPA with an almost 2 percent funding boost above current levels, while retaining several policy riders from prior years but not an array of new restrictions that House Democrats had proposed.

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Former EPA Waste Chiefs Suggest Boosting Superfund Financial Stability

Two former EPA waste office chiefs in Democratic administrations say the incoming Biden administration should boost the Superfund program’s decades-long flat budget and write new financial assurance rules to address the program’s financial limits, while predicting the Biden EPA will emphasize climate adaptation in cleanups.

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Prospects Uncertain For Congressional Action On Infrastructure Package

Despite bipartisan support for water infrastructure and other types of infrastructure funding, former congressional staff say the prospects for comprehensive infrastructure legislation in the next Congress appear limited although targeted funding could be included in a potential economic stimulus package.

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