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EIP Sees Steep State Environment Cuts, Undermining ‘Cooperative’ Effort

Environmentalists have unveiled new findings showing steep staff and funding cuts to environmental agencies in most states over the past decade, arguing this undermines Trump EPA claims that the agency’s own resource limits are not degrading environmental protection but rather shifting responsibility to the states.

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EPA, AFGE reopen contract negotiations

The two sides are committing to conclude negotiations over a new contract by April 15, but a contested contract EPA unilaterally imposed in July will remain in force until then.

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OIG Touts Budgetary Return In Year-End Congressional Report For FY19

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) says it far exceeded its planned “return on investment” for fiscal year 2019, finding in its year-end report to Congress that the office’s investigations, audits and reviews created $314 million in benefits on a $50.3 million budget, and dozens of unimplemented recommendations could produce another $68 million.

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California lawmakers seek EPA IG inquiry over SIP dispute

EPA “appears to be using inaccurate information to unfairly punish California for political reasons,” the lawmakers say.

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States Seek To Influence EPA’s Reformulation Of RCRA Grants’ Allocation

State regulators are seeking to influence EPA’s reconfiguration of its method for allocating Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste grants, including asking the agency to phase in the funding changes, consider states’ implementation of new federal rules in determining allocations, and other recommendations.

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EPA Rejects Key GAO Calls To Bolster Climate Reviews At Superfund Sites

EPA is largely rejecting Government Accountability Office (GAO) calls to make Superfund sites less vulnerable to climate change impacts, including incorporating climate risks into its long-term strategic plan, though officials agreed to improve processes for defining sites’ boundaries and are weighing whether to reinforce existing tools and resources available to local site teams.

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EPA steps up enforcement messaging in face of staff cuts

As EPA cuts enforcement staff, the agency is putting greater emphasis on communicating its enforcement actions in an effort to make sure industry knows the “enforcement cop is on the beat.”

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Fearing Increases, DOD Seeks To Track Services’ PFAS Cleanup Costs

A top Defense Department (DOD) official is asking the military services to account for recent costs related to investigating and cleaning up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), an effort that comes after officials acknowledged that their earlier estimates fell short.

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Union Hopes For Eventual Talks With EPA Over ‘Disaster’ Labor Contract

EPA’s largest union, for now, cannot pursue further litigation against an unlawful contract the agency unilaterally imposed on its members due to a key government vacancy, but the union hopes to eventually hold future talks over a new contract because the contested contract has been a “disaster” for management to implement, a union source says.

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Union says EPA will not bargain after losing ruling

Federal mediators sided with labor unions who have charged that EPA imposed an unlawful contract that eliminated telework and imposed other conditions not agreed to by the union.

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