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EPA Grappling With Dozens Of New Water Programs But With Few Funds

EPA is struggling to implement 32 new wastewater and drinking water mandates included in the recently enacted water resources development law even though some of the requirements -- such as measures addressing the cost of replacing lead service lines -- lack new funding, officials told their drinking water advisers Dec. 6.

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GM Plant Closures Point To Muddled Politics Of Auto GHG Rule Rollback

General Motors' recent plans to idle several auto assembly plants in Michigan, Ohio and elsewhere appears to be muddying the Trump administration's hope for a political victory from its roll back of vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas rules, even as GM cited market trends that industry has long argued require eased standards.

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Senate confirms McNamee for open FERC slot

The nominee was confirmed on a party-line vote with even Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a strong coal supporter, voting against the nominee due to concerns that he does not take climate science seriously.

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Trump signs bill preserving EPA control of ballast water

The enactment of the Coast Guard authorization bill has drawn praise from industry but mixed reactions from states and environmentalists over its preemption of state authority to set discharge limits.

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Groups Ramp Up Bid To Obtain EPA Vehicle GHG Rule Cost Assumptions

Environmentalists are joining Capitol Hill Democrats in an effort to obtain more information on EPA cost assumptions related to the Trump administration's planned rollback of vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards, arguing the agency has improperly ignored its own data in favor of more pessimistic estimates from the Transportation Department.

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Senators, EV Backers Redouble Deployment Calls To Tackle Climate Change

Two Senate Democrats are re-introducing legislation to create an ambitious national zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) mandate to be overseen by EPA, offering a rebuttal of calls to scrap state ZEV and greenhouse gas rules and joining broader calls from electric vehicle (EV) supporters to hike deployment of the cars to address climate change.

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New FOIA suit queries Wheeler's contacts with energy lobby

The suit undercuts recent policies from Wheeler and other officials seeking to speed disclosures and increase transparency.

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Carper seeks EPA data downplaying climate report

The top Democrat on the Senate environment committee charges that Andrew Wheeler's comments downplaying the climate assessment contradict his confirmation pledge not to “distort” scientific studies.

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GOP Voters, Senators Shift Climate Views Even As Trump Downplays Issue

President Donald Trump and his supporters continue to downplay threats from climate change but nascent signs are emerging of a potential shift on the issue from Republicans, with some federal and state GOP lawmakers calling for policy to address such risks and new polling data showing nearly two-thirds of Republicans say global warming is a problem.

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EPA IG grants Senate Democrats' call to review 'glider' repeal rule

The watchdog says it will review whether the controversial plan violated long-standing policies requiring analysis of costs and benefits -- as well as children's health implications -- of environmental rules.

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