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Warren presses Superfund reforms chief on banking violations

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) raises concerns that the head of EPA's Superfund reform efforts lacks environmental policy experience and his “troubled history in the banking industry."

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Despite Shutdown, Pruitt Says EPA Has Funds To Operate Until Jan. 26

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says the agency has sufficient funds to fully operate at existing levels until Jan. 26 if the government, as expected, shuts down at midnight Jan. 19, although if the shutdown continues beyond next week the fate of the agency's regular operations is uncertain and Pruitt says further updates would come at that time.

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Markey Previews Pruitt Hearing Questions Over Climate, Toxics, Spending

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) is peppering EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt with numerous queries -- on topics including climate change, vehicle rules, toxics and the agency's spending practices -- previewing concerns he and other Democrats are likely to air at a Senate environment committee hearing with Pruitt later this month.

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EPA, IG at odds over BEACH Act reporting mandates

EPA is disagreeing with calls from the agency's Inspector General to increase reports to Congress on the federal beach water quality grants program.

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House Republicans target NIEHS chief

The lawmakers say that Linda Birnbaum's call for “engaged citizens . . . to ensure our government officials pass health-protective policies” violates prohibitions on lobbying by federal officials.

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EPA Braces For Major Disruption From Possible Government Shutdown

EPA is bracing for a looming possible federal government shutdown that would furlough the vast majority of agency staff -- and which could have highly disruptive effects on agency operations both within Washington, D.C., and the agency's regional offices -- unless Congress extends government funding that expires at the end of Jan. 19.

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House Lawmakers Weigh Superfund Fixes, Possible New State Authorities

House Republicans on the Energy & Commerce environment subcommittee are signaling interest in considering legislation to address frustrations over the slow pace of Superfund cleanups, including weighing potentially new authorities for states.

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EPA defends 'Top 21' Superfund site list in response to GOP concerns

A top EPA waste official defended the list of sites the agency has identified for priority oversight by Administrator Scott Pruitt but sidestepped lawmakers concerns over lack of new funds.

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Cattlemen Launch Drive To Block Looming AFO Emissions Reporting Duty

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is waging a last-minute push for Congress to block a looming Jan. 22 deadline for thousands of animal feeding operations (AFOs) to being reporting their hazardous air emissions for the first time, and some lawmakers are looking to include the ban in pending budget legislation.

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Budget Gridlock Renews Talk Of Mostly Flat EPA FY18 Funding Scenario

The ongoing federal budget stalemate that has left EPA and other agencies without final spending plans more than 100 days into fiscal year 2018 is reviving talk of a seemingly unlikely scenario in which lawmakers approve a year-long continuing resolution (CR) that only slightly tweaks current EPA funding levels, allowing it to avoid the steepest cuts to many programs.

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