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Lawmakers Developing Proposals For Utility Sector Clean Energy Standard

Capitol Hill lawmakers are fleshing out proposals to create a clean energy standard (CES) for the utility sector that would reward a wide range of technologies that reduce greenhouse gases, including nuclear plants and carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, even as the route to enacting such a program remains murky.

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Senate Democrats launch environmental justice caucus

The effort is aimed at effort aimed at raising awareness of, and advancing legislation to address, the impact of pollution on low-income and minority communities.

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Democrats Urge 2020 Presidential Candidates To Prioritize Climate Change

Key Democratic lawmakers are urging their party's presidential candidates to make climate change a top issue in the 2020 election, compared to its lower-tier status in prior campaigns, arguing that would draw a sharp contrast with President Donald Trump and build a groundswell of public support for major climate mitigation policies.

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Resisting EPA, DOD Chief Defends Eased PFAS Groundwater Cleanup Level

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is strongly defending his department's stance that the acceptable risk level for remediating groundwater contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) should be much weaker than the 70 parts-per-trillion (ppt) level that EPA favors, raising doubts that officials will be able to quickly issue a long-promised policy.

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Utilities depart UARG after Wehrum probe begins

Four utilities have recently left the power sector lobbying group that focuses on coal generators, with their dues representing nearly 20 percent of the group’s overall budget in 2017.

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Top Democrat Says Wheeler 'Intended To Obfuscate' On State Permit Review

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), chair of the appropriations panel that oversees EPA’s budget, says Administrator Andrew Wheeler “intended to obfuscate” in recent testimony to avoid releasing adverse agency comments on a draft Minnesota mine permit, comments that critics say political appointees suppressed as they work to ease state oversight.

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EPA Moves To Reveal More Information On Small Refiner RFS Waivers

EPA is proposing to publish more data on small refinery waivers from renewable fuel standard (RFS) exemptions, as the agency comes under renewed scrutiny from biofuels advocates and their congressional supporters for its increased issuance of waivers, which biofuel industry groups blame for “destroying demand” for their product.

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House Democrats launch inquiry on EPA ties to utility group

Top Democrats on the House Energy & Commerce Committee are asking a power sector group and eight of the group's member utilities about ties with several current and former Trump EPA officials.

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Trump Critics Vow Fight To Halt Pipeline Orders Seen Blunting CWA, NEPA

Critics of President Donald Trump's just-signed executive orders (EOs) to speed environmental reviews of pipelines and other energy projects are vowing to fight the directive in courts and Congress, saying the orders unlawfully blunt long-established requirements in the Clean Water Act (CWA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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Despite Bipartisan Support, Officials Doubt PFAS Bills' Prospects

A top Defense Department (DOD) environment official is expressing doubt over prospects for bipartisan and bicameral legislation that seeks to boost regulation and funding for addressing cleanup of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), an assessment that at least one top Democrat appears to share.

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