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Senate poised for floor action on EPA’s FY20 funding bill

Senators are scrambling to approve the legislation before a stop-gap spending bill expires Nov. 21.

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EPA plans new EJ guidance after GAO faults working group

The Government Accountability Office found that many agencies in the EPA-led interagency working group on environmental justice are failing to live up to requirements that they craft and follow equity plans.

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Trump signs law to aid lead service line replacement

The new law makes it easier for states to shift money between their clean water and drinking water revolving funds in order to assist communities in replacing lead drinking water pipes.

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Critics of EO axing advisory panels urge Trump to rescind order

A wide-ranging collection of groups is arguing that President Donald Trump’s executive order requiring EPA and other agencies to eliminate advisory panels is “arbitrary,” “specious” and harmful.

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Amid Uncertain Outlook, Senate Spending Panel Moves EPA FY20 Bill

The full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a fiscal year 2020 spending bill for EPA and several other agencies that funds the agency at $9.01 billion, a $161 million boost over current levels that includes either modest increases or flat funding for numerous EPA programs.

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Wheeler Pledge To Block California Highway Funds Draws State Concern

State officials are expressing surprise at EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s unprecedented threat to withhold California’s highway funds and concern that the agency may try to apply similar approaches to numerous other states with air quality problems.

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Senate Appropriators Seek FY20 EPA Funding Boost, Limit Riders

Senate appropriators are advancing an EPA fiscal year 2020 spending bill that would boost funding for the agency by $161 million over current spending levels, a first step toward reaching a conference with House lawmakers on the measure, though the Senate bill provides EPA with $500 million less than the House version.

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EPA proposes list of advisory committees to eliminate

Administrator Andrew Wheeler did not say which panels the agency had recommended to eliminate but he said the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee was not among them.

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EPA headed for CR as Senate weighs spending bill

Expected passage of the stop-gap spending bill means lawmakers will have until Nov. 21 to resolve differences over House-approved restrictions on EPA deregulatory measures.

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Rejecting EPA Efforts, House Panel Broadly Backs Regional Programs

Rejecting Trump administration efforts to eliminate EPA regional program, the House transportation committee in a strong bipartisan vote has approved several bills to create new or reauthorize existing programs focused on regional waterbodies, seeking to provide Puget Sound and the San Francisco Bay with focused attention like the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes.

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