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House poised to take up FY21 EPA funding bill

Democrats’ legislation would give EPA a 3 percent boost in overall funding while also targeting several Trump administration environmental policies.

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EPA announces first-time availability of state WIFIA funds

As part of fiscal year 2020 Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) funding, EPA is making money available for a first-time program aimed at state infrastructure financing authorities.

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Water utilities object to House’s proposed FY21 WIFIA changes

Groups representing drinking water and wastewater utilities say rescinding previously appropriated funds for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan program would cripple it.

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In FY21 Report, House Democrats Renew Concerns With EPA’s Agenda

Democratic appropriators in the House are reiterating and amplifying multiple concerns with EPA’s deregulatory efforts and resistance to Hill oversight, pressing the agency for action or information on numerous topics, including water contamination, toxic chemical risk assessment and agency enforcement.

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House advances FY21 EPA bill with several policy riders

The legislation would provide EPA with $9.4 billion, a 3 percent increase from current levels, while also floating a major increase for various infrastructure programs and targeting several EPA environmental rollbacks.

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House FY21 EPA Bill Boosts Agency Budget, Reverses Trump Rollbacks

House appropriators’ newly unveiled fiscal year 2021 EPA spending bill would boost overall agency funding by roughly 3 percent to almost $9.4 billion, including increases in environmental justice (EJ) and other programs, while also short-circuiting several high-profile Trump administration rollbacks of air, climate and water rules.

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New WIFIA Criteria Allow Release Of FY20 Funds But Questions Remain

The Trump administration has developed new criteria to evaluate the award of loans and loan guarantees under an EPA water infrastructure program, responding to Congress’ mandate to address a budget scoring concern that could limit the use of such funds -- but it remains unclear whether the criteria will make it easier for utilities to obtain the funds.

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ECOS sees rise in states’ environmental budgets, federal funding

Federal and other funding for state environmental regulators has risen in the last four years, according to a new report by the Environmental Council of the States.

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Regulators Criticize DOE Withholding Of Hanford Cleanup Budget Plans

EPA and Washington state regulators, along with citizen advocates, are criticizing the Energy Department’s (DOE) decision to withhold fiscal year 2022 budget details during a recent virtual budget meeting on DOE’s largest nuclear waste site, saying the release of such details is necessary to aid stakeholders’ input into the cleanup plan.

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Amid Stimulus Push, Democrats Include Clean Energy In Infrastructure Bill

House Democrats are pledging to hold a floor vote this month on their long-planned infrastructure legislation including over $34 billion in clean energy investments, a move that might be responding to increasing outcry by the renewable energy industry that economic relief for the sector has been omitted from COVID-19 stimulus bills.

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