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Adviser Says GOP Could Mull Carbon Tax To Offset COVID-Related Debts

A House Republican strategist says the party might be open to backing a carbon tax if the proceeds were used to pay down debt amassed during the COVID-19 pandemic or boost major indebted programs, even though existing proposals have no chance of enactment in the current Congress.

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Amid Pandemic, EPA Nears Contract Deal With Union Expanding Telework

EPA and one of its major unions have reached a tentative agreement after months of negotiations on a new partial contract that will give employees who work five days a week the option of an additional telework day, expanding the amount of allowed telework beyond a unilateral contract the agency imposed on those union members last summer.

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Former Bush official seeks deregulatory panel amid COVID

Former White House regulatory affairs chief Susan Dudley, who served during the George W. Bush administration, is proposing a new commission to review existing rules and legislation.

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House Democrats float EJ funding, state aid in new virus bill

The proposal includes $500 billion in emergency aid for states, where decimated tax revenues could threaten environmental programs.

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Carper Seeks CWA PFAS Deal As Amendment Fails To Win GOP Support

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the top Democrat on the Senate environment committee, is seeking to reach a deal with his Republican counterpart on limiting discharges of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the Clean Water Act after the committee advanced a water infrastructure package without the PFAS language Carper had sought.

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As Senate Returns, Environment Panel Eyes EPA Water Program Changes

With senators returning to Capitol Hill this week, the environment panel is poised to begin moving water infrastructure legislation that environmentalists and drinking water utilities are eyeing as a vehicle to address concerns with perfluorinated chemicals, an EPA water infrastructure financing program and COVID-19 financial concerns.

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Lawmakers seek GAO study of EPA response to algal blooms

A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers says “Congress must ensure that taxpayer dollars are used effectively and efficiently” to address harmful algal blooms.

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Air Force PFAS Study Drives New Calls For EPA’s CERCLA Designation

The Air Force’s recent decision to steer funds for addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at a former Michigan base toward more study, rather than cleanup, is giving lawmakers further reason for pushing EPA to designate the chemicals as Superfund hazardous substances -- as it could force polluter-driven cleanups including at military sites.

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Senators Seek To Boost EPA Water Funds, Bolstering Infrastructure Push

Bolstering prospects that lawmakers may approve some infrastructure funding legislation once the pandemic eases, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) has unveiled a pair of draft bipartisan bills to boost funding for EPA’s clean water and drinking water infrastructure program.

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Water Utilities Seek Congressional Limits On Potential Federal Shutoff Ban

Large municipally owned drinking water utilities are urging Congress not to adopt a national ban on water utility shutoffs in future COVID-19 legislation, though if lawmakers do pursue such a policy, they should ensure needy customers are not left in greater debt.

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