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Senate panel backs funding increases for DOD’s PFAS work

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved small funding boosts to further address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in next year’s Defense Department authorization bill.

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Democrats’ bill asks EPA to investigate COVID-environmental justice link

The House and Senate legislation would provide EPA with $50 million to specifically study how COVID-19 has impacted environmental justice communities.

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Army Corps boosts CWA civil penalties

The change mandated by federal law aims to improve the effectiveness and maintain the deterrent effect of the penalties for Clean Water Act violations.

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House Democrats Include Climate Measures In New Transportation Bill

House Democrats have unveiled a transportation funding bill that includes several initiatives to drive greenhouse gas emissions cuts, including new responsibilities for EPA, providing another sign of more ambitious efforts that could come into play in the next Congress if lawmakers are unable to agree this year on the measure.

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As Deadline Looms, Industry Asks EPA For 'Forbearance' Of TSCA Fees

Citing fiscal concerns stemming from the pandemic, the chemical industry is asking EPA to delay until next year any fees companies may have to pay to cover the cost of the agency’s next 20 risk evaluations being conducted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as firms are due May 27 to report on their potential eligibility.

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Adviser Says GOP Could Mull Carbon Tax To Offset COVID-Related Debts

A House Republican strategist says the party might be open to backing a carbon tax if the proceeds were used to pay down debt amassed during the COVID-19 pandemic or boost major indebted programs, even though existing proposals have no chance of enactment in the current Congress.

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Amid Pandemic, EPA Nears Contract Deal With Union Expanding Telework

EPA and one of its major unions have reached a tentative agreement after months of negotiations on a new partial contract that will give employees who work five days a week the option of an additional telework day, expanding the amount of allowed telework beyond a unilateral contract the agency imposed on those union members last summer.

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Former Bush official seeks deregulatory panel amid COVID

Former White House regulatory affairs chief Susan Dudley, who served during the George W. Bush administration, is proposing a new commission to review existing rules and legislation.

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House Democrats float EJ funding, state aid in new virus bill

The proposal includes $500 billion in emergency aid for states, where decimated tax revenues could threaten environmental programs.

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Carper Seeks CWA PFAS Deal As Amendment Fails To Win GOP Support

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the top Democrat on the Senate environment committee, is seeking to reach a deal with his Republican counterpart on limiting discharges of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the Clean Water Act after the committee advanced a water infrastructure package without the PFAS language Carper had sought.

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