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Wastewater utilities ask Congress for COVID-19 surveillance funding

Municipal wastewater utilities say they are eager to participate in efforts to track the SARS-CoV-2 virus in wastewater but need additional federal funding and guidance from federal agencies.

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Biden’s Economic Picks Expect To Bring Treasury’s Tools To Climate Policy

Treasury Secretary-designate Janet Yellen and other top Biden economic picks say they will be working with the incoming administration’s National Security Council to re-establish U.S. leadership in addressing climate change, with the department leveraging such tools as sanctioning bad actors and encouraging foreign clean-energy investments.

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Stable Funding For DOE’s Cleanup Budget Likely Under Biden, Congress

Experts on Energy Department (DOE) matters believe DOE’s environmental management (EM) funding -- which usually tops $6 billion annually -- will likely remain stable under the incoming Congress and Biden administration, although they are expressing some reservations over potential future vulnerabilities for the EM program’s budget.

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CAP’s Ambitious Stormwater Funding Recommendations Face Uncertainty

The progressive Center for American Progress (CAP) think tank is urging Congress to massively increase funding for EPA and other federal programs targeted at reducing pollution from stormwater runoff that have strong bipartisan support but which face uncertain prospects in a likely divided Congress with competing budget priorities.

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Senate Floats Flat EPA Funding For Rest Of FY21 In Bid For House Talks

Senate appropriators are floating draft fiscal year 2021 spending legislation that would give EPA essentially flat funding of $9.085 billion, setting up potential negotiations with House lawmakers ahead of next month’s expiration of spending authority for multiple federal agencies.

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Chamber Touts Senate Highway, Climate Plan In Call For Bipartisan Action

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is urging the incoming Biden administration and Congress to work on bipartisan proposals in a push the group says defies conventional wisdom that major legislation cannot get passed next year, citing a Senate plan for highway upgrades and climate resiliency investments as an example for renewed collaboration.

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UCS urges workforce-focused agenda for Biden EPA

The Union of Concerned Scientists is calling on former Vice President Joe Biden to take aggressive steps to rebuild EPA’s relationship with its career staff should he win the Nov. 3 election.

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EPA, Democratic senators spar over potential funding threat to cities

EPA and Senate Democrats are clashing over possible cuts to some cities’ environmental funding that the agency may be planning in response to an order by President Donald Trump.

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Trump Creates Interagency ‘Water Subcabinet’ To Modernize Infrastructure

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order (EO) to create an interagency “water subcabinet” led by EPA and the Interior Department (DOI), with the goals of modernizing the nation’s water infrastructure, improving water resources management, and creating job opportunities for American water workers.

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Former EPA Chiefs, Health Experts Stress Equity In Future EPA Air Policies

Three former EPA administrators along with several public health experts say the agency must prioritize environmental justice (EJ) in its future Clean Air Act policies including regulations to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases, with the former agency chiefs saying existing air rules “have come up really short” on protecting equity communities.

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