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Governors urge appropriators to preserve states' oversight roles

Western governors are urging House appropriators to clarify states’ lead role in implementing air and water laws as states’ and the Trump administration have sparred over CWA 401 reviews.

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White House Plans To Seek 5 Percent Cut To EPA’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

A top White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) official says the Trump administration will seek a 5 percent cut to EPA’s overall budget and other non-defense discretionary spending in its upcoming fiscal year 2020 appropriations request, teeing up a fight with Congressional leaders who have balked at past attempts to cut those funds.

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House Democrat plans climate 'emergency' resolution

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is planning to introduce a resolution stating that climate change is a national emergency -- a direct response to President Trump's declaration about border security.

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Trump to sign EPA FY19 funding, declare border wall 'emergency'

Some Republicans fear the president's border wall emergency declaration could give a future Democratic president a roadmap to pursue policies on hotly contested issues, including climate change.

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Wastewater Utilities Eye House Infrastructure Package To Address Priorities

Wastewater and stormwater utilities are eyeing a future House infrastructure package as a vehicle to address their priorities including reauthorization of a key EPA infrastructure funding program, assisting low-income customers with their water bills, and building resilience to natural disasters, financial challenges and workforce changes.

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EPA says Congress has 30 days to object to reorganization plan

EPA says appropriations language allows lawmakers 30 days to review its plan to reorganize its 10 regional offices, and that plan will be deemed approved unless lawmakers object or request an extension.

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IG backs EPA information security work but urges improvements

A new report from the watchdog office generally backs EPA's information-security program as “mature” but recommends improvements in four areas.

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GAO Finds DOE Nuclear Weapons Cleanup Liabilities Jumped $109 Billion

The Energy Department's (DOE) liability for cleaning up the remaining 16 contaminated sites in its nuclear weapons complex jumped $109 billion over the past year, to $377 billion, largely due to updated estimates for addressing high-level radioactive waste at the Hanford reservation in Richland, WA, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a just-released report.

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Longest EPA Shutdown Ends With Stopgap Funding, Environmental Fears

EPA is poised to reopen after lawmakers and President Donald Trump agreed to a stopgap measure funding the agency at existing levels through Feb. 15, but there is no guarantee against another shutdown once that funding expires and environmentalists warn the existing shutdown has already caused significant environmental damage.

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Environmentalists see EPA civil enforcement fines drop by 85 percent

Former EPA enforcement chief Cynthia Giles and environmentalists say the Trump administration's $72 million in fines from 2018 were just 15 percent of what it has imposed in an average year.

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