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EPA Union Chief Sees Pay Freeze, Rule Rollbacks Exacerbating Staff 'Exodus'

The head of a major EPA staff union is attacking President Donald Trump's bid to freeze pay levels for federal employees as a fresh blow to morale for an agency whose staff is already opposed to its current deregulatory agenda, saying it will exacerbate an employee “exodus” that started when EPA pursued major regulatory rollbacks.

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Senate passes CR, signaling impasse on EPA budget

If the House passes the continuing resolution it will ensure EPA keeps operating at its current budget even if lawmakers cannot agree on a new spending bill for the agency.

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IG criticizes EPA's lax scrutiny of asbestos in schools

The watchdog's findings add to concerns that the agency is not adequately regulating the carcinogen under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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Democrats say riders could block EPA budget bill

Democrats negotiating EPA's FY19 spending bill say policy riders have “plagued” the talks and are still unresolved, though a top Senate Republican is calling for them to be removed.

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As House Clears WRDA, Senators Cite Hurricane Relief To Press For Vote

As the House moved quickly to approve compromise legislation reauthorizing EPA's drinking water infrastructure program, top senators are citing the bill's hurricane-related provisions to make the case for a speedy vote in the upper chamber.

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Congress Slated To Renew Drinking Water SRF For First Time In 15 Years

House and Senate negotiators have agreed to compromise water infrastructure legislation that renews EPA's drinking water state revolving fund (DWSRF) at higher levels than when the program was last authorized 15 years ago though the deal further narrows a controversial Senate plan to overhaul EPA's loan guarantee program.

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Congress Agrees On FY19 Spending Bill, After Dropping Key Policy Riders

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a bill funding several energy and environmental agencies after dropping a series of policy riders that would have curtailed EPA and other agencies' authorities, suggesting that upcoming legislation on EPA's fiscal year 2019 spending bill may also drop such riders.

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EPA staff has shrunk 8 percent under Trump administration

Overall, nearly 1,600 EPA workers have left under Trump and fewer than 400 were hired since January 2017, with the enforcement office seeing a particularly high departure rate.

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EPA Aligns Regions With Headquarters, But Some Fear 'Mega-Distraction'

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is reorganizing the agency's regional offices to more closely mirror headquarters' structure and improve coordination, part of the Trump administration's efforts to improve efficiency across the government, though an agency source says the move glosses over regional differences and is “a mega-distraction.”

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Great Lakes States Eye Green Infrastructure Boost With EPA Funds, Policy

Great Lakes states are urging EPA and Congress to encourage communities to use green infrastructure methods to address stormwater pollution by including developing performance-based requirements for runoff control, fully funding the clean water state revolving fund (CWSRF) and explicitly mentioning green infrastructure in policy documents.

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