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Grassroots Group Eyes Push To Revive Superfund's 'Polluter Pays' Taxes

A national grassroots citizens coalition is planning once again to push for reinstating long-expired Superfund 'polluter pays' taxes, seeking to press the Democratic-controlled House into action, but one industry source doubts such a measure will secure widespread backing.

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EPA Says It Can Remain Open For 'Limited Period' During Likely Shutdown

EPA has sufficient funds to weather a short government shutdown with relatively minimal disruption to its operations, according to a new contingency plan and assurances from acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler sent to agency staff.

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Deal averting EPA shutdown in doubt as Trump vows to block CR

President Donald Trump is again refusing to sign a spending measure that would keep EPA open past Dec. 21 unless Congress includes $5 billion for his signature border wall.

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Congress Poised To Extend EPA Funds, Chemical Programs, Until Feb. 8

Congress is poised to vote in the coming days on a stopgap bill that will extend level funding for EPA and six other federal agencies into February, a move that will avoid a partial government shutdown while creating an early test for the new Democratic Congress to negotiate a longer-term deal with Senate Republicans and the White House.

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Trump EO could spur brownfields development

The creation of a White House revitalization council to help encourage development in disadvantaged communities could prompt greater interest in redeveloping brownfields.

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White House appears to drop government shutdown threat

“At the end of the day we don't want to shut down the government, we want to shut down the border,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

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Republicans weigh stopgap bill to avert EPA shutdown

The Trump administration is said to be considering a two-week stopgap funding bill that would avert a shutdown of EPA and other agencies until early 2019.

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EPA agrees to new WIFIA oversight controls following OIG report

EPA maintains that it has assessed the water infrastructure assistance program for “risks,” but is still implementing an Inspector General report that calls for stepped-up measures.

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EPA Grappling With Dozens Of New Water Programs But With Few Funds

EPA is struggling to implement 32 new wastewater and drinking water mandates included in the recently enacted water resources development law even though some of the requirements -- such as measures addressing the cost of replacing lead service lines -- lack new funding, officials told their drinking water advisers Dec. 6.

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Semiannual report shows OIG's 'returns' drop from 2017

The watchdog office says its return on investment declined from 17-to-1 to 9.4-to-1 in fiscal year 2018, though the current figure is still far above the goal it set at the start of the year.

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