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OIG Touts $295 Million Savings For EPA But Sees No Environmental Gains

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) says that at the halfway point of fiscal year 2019 it has more than tripled its target for annual “return on investment” by producing $295 million in cost savings, monetary benefits and additional fines for the agency, but achieved no environmental improvements or regulatory changes in the same period.

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EPA’s infrastructure disaster funds delayed

Opposition from a lone GOP lawmaker is delaying House passage of a disaster relief bill that includes more than $420 million for EPA.

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Agencies Appear Poised To Narrow Children's Health Research Grant Focus

EPA and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) are poised to end grant funding they have jointly provided for the past two decades to more than a dozen children's health research centers though officials say they will provide some funds for children's health issues though it is likely to be significantly less, and more narrowly focused, than in the past.

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Democrats ramp up attacks on Trump vehicle GHG plan

House Democrats are advancing a budget rider that would block EPA and the Transportation Department's rollback of vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas rules.

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Democrats tout infrastructure bills as Trump abruptly drops issue

Key House Democrats say they remain committed to working in a bipartisan manner to advance comprehensive infrastructure legislation.

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Appropriators Spurn GOP Efforts To Scale Back EPA Power, FY20 Budget

House Democrats have rejected Republican attempts to fight funding increases for EPA enforcement or restore riders limiting EPA's authority, a trend that appears likely to repeat itself during subsequent floor action on the agency's fiscal year 2020 spending bill, which is expected in June at the earliest.

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Funds are running out at EPA-NIEHS children's centers

Funding for a center in San Francisco will run out by the end of this month. “Then we’re done,” the center's director says.

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House Ramps Up Scrutiny Of Controversial EPA Science Data, PM Measures

House appropriators are ramping up their scrutiny of some of the Trump EPA's controversial science decisions, all but barring the agency from advancing its data transparency rule until after consulting with its own science advisors and then requiring the agency to seek National Academy of Sciences (NAS) review of any final data rule.

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Funding Bar On Paris Exit May Indicate Democrats' Selective Rider Strategy

House Democrats are advancing a fiscal year 2020 State Department spending bill that would bar the Trump administration from using funds to withdraw from the Paris climate deal, a move that may signal a selective strategy on environmental policy riders after an initial draft EPA funding bill largely omitted them.

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House Seeks To Boost PFAS Funds But Policy Push Unlikely To Slow

House lawmakers are stepping up efforts to provide funds to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) -- including a massive proposed $2.5 billion grant program to aid drinking water systems -- funds that seek to address contamination concerns in the short term though sources say they are unlikely to deter lawmakers from advancing policy measures, sources say.

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