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Draft Bill Seeks To Scrap ESA Pesticide Analysis As Trump Slows Reviews

Environmentalists are faulting draft legislation backed by the pesticide industry that would limit EPA's reviews of pesticides' harms to endangered species, while the Trump administration urges a federal court to delay by two years a deadline for completing the first reviews under an Obama-era process that industry is aiming to scrap.

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House energy panel approves bills to ease EPA air rules

Republican lawmakers are advancing bills easing industry compliance with EPA brick and wood stove manufacturing rules closer toward approval by the full House.

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Sen. Collins 'leaning against' Dourson's EPA nomination

The Maine Republican senator on Nov. 16 confirmed she is a potential vote against the nomination of Michael Dourson to head EPA's toxics office.

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Senators call for GAO study of EPA's air quality monitoring

A bipartisan trio of Northeastern senators want the Government Accountability Office to probe the adequacy of EPA's air quality monitoring networks.

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Pruitt to testify before House energy panel in December

The EPA administrator's vow to appear before the House Energy & Commerce Committee Dec. 7 will be his first appearance before Congress since June.

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Pruitt to testify before House, Senate committees

The EPA administrator's vow to appear before two key House and Senate committees will be his first appearances before Congress since June.

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Dourson's EPA Nomination In Doubt With Two GOP Senators' Opposition

Michael Dourson's controversial nomination to head EPA's toxics office appears in doubt after GOP North Carolina Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis announced late Nov. 15 that they would oppose him, because along with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) as a likely no vote, Democrats can kill the nomination if they all vote against Dourson.

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House brownfields bill cleared for floor consideration

A House brownfields bill has moved closer to a floor vote, but it appears highly unlikely lawmakers will attach a “good Samaritan” measure suggested by a Trump EPA official.

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Final defense authorization bill requires national PFAS study

The House and Senate have agreed to require a national study on the health effects of perfluorinated substances, focusing on at least eight military facilities.

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Manufacturers Push NSR Reform To Promote Lower-Emitting Technology

Manufacturers are calling for an overhaul to ease EPA's Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permitting program to help promote technologies that can improve facilities' efficiency and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and conventional pollutants, arguing that NSR discourages installation of such technology.

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