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IG Warns FY20 Budget Cut Will Force ‘Difficult Decisions’ On New Reviews

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is warning that President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut its funding from roughly $41.5 million down to $38.9 million in fiscal year 2020 will require the OIG to make “difficult decisions” in accepting new requests for discretionary inquiries, such as those sought by lawmakers, and completing ongoing studies.

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Defying Trump, Senators Eye Bipartisan Hike For EPA Diesel Retrofit Fund

A bipartisan group of senators is backing legislation that would reauthorize and boost EPA’s popular diesel engine retrofit fund to $100 million, with several GOP supporters of the bill defying President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2020 proposal to slash the fund from its FY19 level of $75 million down to $10 million.

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Trump Eyes EPA FY20 Infrastructure Cuts But Open To Deal With Congress

President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal floats a cut of more than $700 million to the agency’s water infrastructure grant and loan programs, but the White House is signaling openness to making a deal with lawmakers on potential funding hikes if they are able to craft a broad infrastructure package that can clear Congress.

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Trump’s FY20 Plan Would Slash EPA’s Budget By 25 Percent, Cut State Grants

President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget request would slash $2 billion, or 25 percent, from EPA’s current $8.1 billion appropriation, leaving the agency with $6.1 billion, terminating a host of voluntary and “lower-priority” programs and cutting funding for states even as the agency aims to give them more responsibility under its “cooperative federalism” agenda.

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OIG says EPA officials destroyed notes on budget software security

The Office of Inspector General says personnel at EPA’s finance office destroyed their notes on a security review of the agency’s budgeting software, frustrating an ongoing audit of that program.

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House Democrats Eye Water Subsidies But GOP Fears EPA Rate-Setting Role

Key House Democrats are exploring the possibility of creating an EPA program for low-income households to help them pay for water and sewer services, a plan that previously has won bipartisan support in the Senate though House Republicans are questioning whether the plan would give the agency a role in setting local rates.

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DOE Cleanups Face Stepped-Up Hill Scrutiny In Wake Of GAO Findings

The Energy Department's (DOE) nuclear waste cleanup program -- which at nearly $400 billion holds the federal government's single largest environmental liability -- is facing stepped-up scrutiny from Capitol Hill after a series of reports from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) raised concerns about how the department runs the program.

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WGA seeks infrastructure budget boost prior to House SRF hearing

Western state governors are urging House lawmakers to consider a host of clean water issues in advance of a March 7 hearing on how federal investments in water infrastructure help communities.

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Bipartisan House Bill Would Boost EPA Water Infrastructure Funding Levels

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has introduced legislation to boost authorized levels of EPA's clean water state revolving fund (SRF) to $4 billion annually, more than double its current appropriations, as well as authorize billions of dollars to address sewer overflows, fund states' Clean Water Act (CWA) implementation and augment existing sources of water.

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Water Sector’s Report Could Boost EPA Bid To Consolidate Small Utilities

A coalition of wastewater and drinking water utilities in a new report is recommending steps to encourage the consolidation of small utilities, which could boost EPA’s bid for increased collaboration among utilities and help shape the agency’s response to a statutory mandate for crafting rules on when states can mandate consolidation.

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