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California lawmakers seek EPA IG inquiry over SIP dispute

EPA “appears to be using inaccurate information to unfairly punish California for political reasons,” the lawmakers say.

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States Seek To Influence EPA’s Reformulation Of RCRA Grants’ Allocation

State regulators are seeking to influence EPA’s reconfiguration of its method for allocating Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste grants, including asking the agency to phase in the funding changes, consider states’ implementation of new federal rules in determining allocations, and other recommendations.

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EPA Rejects Key GAO Calls To Bolster Climate Reviews At Superfund Sites

EPA is largely rejecting Government Accountability Office (GAO) calls to make Superfund sites less vulnerable to climate change impacts, including incorporating climate risks into its long-term strategic plan, though officials agreed to improve processes for defining sites’ boundaries and are weighing whether to reinforce existing tools and resources available to local site teams.

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EPA steps up enforcement messaging in face of staff cuts

As EPA cuts enforcement staff, the agency is putting greater emphasis on communicating its enforcement actions in an effort to make sure industry knows the “enforcement cop is on the beat.”

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Fearing Increases, DOD Seeks To Track Services’ PFAS Cleanup Costs

A top Defense Department (DOD) official is asking the military services to account for recent costs related to investigating and cleaning up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), an effort that comes after officials acknowledged that their earlier estimates fell short.

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Union Hopes For Eventual Talks With EPA Over ‘Disaster’ Labor Contract

EPA’s largest union, for now, cannot pursue further litigation against an unlawful contract the agency unilaterally imposed on its members due to a key government vacancy, but the union hopes to eventually hold future talks over a new contract because the contested contract has been a “disaster” for management to implement, a union source says.

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Union says EPA will not bargain after losing ruling

Federal mediators sided with labor unions who have charged that EPA imposed an unlawful contract that eliminated telework and imposed other conditions not agreed to by the union.

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Senate clears EPA FY20 spending but talks with House remain

The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a package of fiscal year 2020 spending bills, including provisions for EPA, though next steps for final enactment remains unclear as senators must resolve spending and policy differences with their House colleagues.

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House Panel Approves Boost To Clean Water SRF, Extended Permit Terms

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved by voice vote bipartisan legislation to almost double current spending levels for EPA’s clean water state revolving fund (SRF) by 2025 as well as allow states the flexibility to extend the terms of some Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permits from five to 10 years.

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Grassroots coalition tells EPA to re-focus Superfund funding

The Trump administration “has targeted Superfund sites in majority white communities, medium income communities and where there are deep corporate pockets to pay for cleanup,” CHEJ says.

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