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Senate clears EPA FY20 spending but talks with House remain

The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a package of fiscal year 2020 spending bills, including provisions for EPA, though next steps for final enactment remains unclear as senators must resolve spending and policy differences with their House colleagues.

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House Panel Approves Boost To Clean Water SRF, Extended Permit Terms

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved by voice vote bipartisan legislation to almost double current spending levels for EPA’s clean water state revolving fund (SRF) by 2025 as well as allow states the flexibility to extend the terms of some Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permits from five to 10 years.

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Grassroots coalition tells EPA to re-focus Superfund funding

The Trump administration “has targeted Superfund sites in majority white communities, medium income communities and where there are deep corporate pockets to pay for cleanup,” CHEJ says.

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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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