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Former EPA Chiefs, Health Experts Stress Equity In Future 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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Wheeler Downplays OIG Report Faulting Rights Office, Touts EJ Efforts

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is downplaying an Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) report that said the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is not doing enough to ensure that state programs comply with the Civil Rights Act, while also touting his agency’s efforts to promote environmental justice (EJ) through new grants.

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OIG calls for EPA equity guidance to prevent funding discrimination

EPA’s Office of Inspector General says although the agency’s Office of Civil Rights has eliminated a case backload, additional improvements are necessary to prevent continued discriminatory behavior.

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EPA, IG clash on oversight for management of water contracts

Two EPA offices are in dispute with the agency’s Inspector General (IG) over an IG report finding that the agency cannot prove how more than $10 million of a water office contract was allocated.

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House funding resolution bans USDA RFS payments to refiners

The House-passed continuing funding resolution would prevent Department of Agriculture payments to refiners to compensate for renewable fuel standard waivers for which they no longer qualify.

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OIG plans to audit EPA water infrastructure loans

The self-directed audit announced Sept. 21 is part of the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) focus on ensuring agency compliance with internal controls, one of EPA’s top management challenges.

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ECOS To Weigh Impacts Of COVID-19, Budget On Environmental Policy

EPA and state officials will discuss a wide range of impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic on environmental policymaking during the Environmental Council of the States’ (ECOS) upcoming fall meeting, including adapting day-to-day operations to the crisis, bridging state budget shortfalls and bolstering disaster resiliency.

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EPA Alumni Outline Multiyear Plan For Potential Agency Funding Boost

Former EPA administrators and staff are outlining a guide for the agency to work with Congress on securing a public declaration for rebuilding EPA’s budget to its 40-year average in “real dollars,” proposing a four-year goal of hiking the total annual spending to the equivalent of $11.4 billion in 2019 dollars.

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Former EPA Officials Urge Superfund Budget Hike To End Cleanup Backlog

Years of insufficient funding have harmed the Superfund program in several ways, including leading to a backlog of unfunded construction projects, say hundreds of former EPA officials and staff who are calling on the program to receive funding boosts and to start regulating emerging contaminants in recommendations advocating for an agency “reset."

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Water sector report urges significant boost for infrastructure investment

The nation risks a $2.9 trillion decline in the gross domestic product as well as billions of dollars of increased healthcare costs unless federal water infrastructure funding is increased, says the report.

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