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EPA Sees Drop In Cleanup Completions Amid Uncertainty On Slowdowns

New EPA data showing its Superfund site “construction completions” were the lowest in decades, on top of its recent report showing the largest backlog of sites awaiting construction starts, is again raising questions about the adequacy of the program’s funding while highlighting the absence of broader data on why the slowdown is occurring.

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EPA agrees to OIG’s call for new controls on U.S.-Mexico border work

The agency will craft new policies to standardize how it tracks and reports progress on its joint environmental work with Mexico along the countries’ shared border.

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GAO urges EPA, congressional action on climate resilience

A new Government Accountability Office report urges EPA to create a technical assistance network and Congress to require climate resiliency considerations in federally funded water infrastructure projects.

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DOJ, Overwhelmed By Defense Of EPA Rollbacks, Seeks FY21 Budget Boost

The Justice Department’s (DOJ) environment division says it cannot stretch its budget to defend the Trump administration’s current and future rollbacks of EPA and other agencies’ rules, noting the division has no base funding for the effort and is thus seeking a funding increase and new positions in its fiscal year 2021 budget request.

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As Congress Eyes WRDA, EPA Advisors Weigh Increased Stormwater Funds

EPA’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) is poised to finalize this week a series of recommendations calling for increased federal funding and technical assistance for stormwater management that could shape the upcoming congressional debate around water resources legislation that increasingly includes agency programs.

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EPA declines to write CERCLA financial rule for chemical sector

This is the fourth and final sector that EPA has declined to regulate under the Superfund law’s financial assurance requirements.

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EPA’s FY21 Budget Again Floats Deep Cuts, Deemed DOA in Congress

The Trump administration’s fiscal year 2021 budget proposes to cut EPA’s budget by 26 percent, including a 16 percent reduction in the agency’s core Environmental Programs and Management (EPM) account, as well as steeper cuts in Superfund, science and other programs, prompting warnings that the plan is dead on arrival in Congress.

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Trump’s FY21 Plan To End Key Chemical Safety Programs Worries Industry

Even as EPA rolls back its facility safety rules, the White House is proposing to eliminate fiscal year 2021 funding for two key chemical safety programs -- the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, worrying industry officials who fear the plan will undermine protections.

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White House Proposes Slashing EPA’s FY21 Budget, Killing 50 Programs

The Trump administration is calling for $6.7 billion for EPA in its fiscal year 2021 budget proposal, a 26 percent cut-in funding over FY20 levels, and elimination of over 50 programs -- a reprise of past budget plans that have been rejected by Congress.

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House Appropriators Weigh Boosting EPA Recycling Funds In FY21 Bill

With the Trump administration slated to release its fiscal year 2021 budget request Feb. 10, House appropriators are signaling that they could use their next spending bill to give more resources to EPA’s recycling program, although waste chief Peter Wright downplayed any need for a funding boost at a recent hearing on the subject.

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