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Democrats seek IG probe into Pruitt's Superfund pick

The lawmakers are seeking an inquiry into whether EPA followed “suitability” requirements when Administrator Scott Pruitt hired a disgraced former banker to oversee the agency's Superfund reforms.

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Boozman touts 'SRF WIN' bill but open to changes

Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) told water industry representatives he is willing to make additional changes to his bill that some industry representatives have criticized.

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OMB reviewing EPA notice on CAFOs' air reporting mandates

EPA is preparing to release a question and answer document on animal feeding operations' air reporting requirements after Congress ended the reporting mandates.

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Democrats seek data from EPA on Kochs' influence

Democratic senators are seeking information about the ties between Trump administration officials at EPA and other agencies and the conservative Koch brothers, who fund many GOP candidates and conservative groups, after one of their groups claimed credit for various EPA deregulatory efforts.

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Hill Republicans Quietly Prod Pruitt To Rethink 'Glider' Truck Rule Repeal

Fearing harms to domestic manufacturing, several House and Senate Republicans have quietly urged EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to rethink his plan to repeal Obama-era rules governing “glider” trucks, an unusual move that highlights opposition to the plan not just by environmental groups but also large swaths of the trucking sector.

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Top Democrats Urge EPA To Quickly Craft Enforceable SDWA Limit For PFAS

More than two dozen Democratic senators are urging EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to quickly develop an enforceable, federal standard under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though agency officials have said that development of such a standard would be a “multi-year” effort.

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IG to investigate Pruitt security on personal travel

This investigation will be separate from probes already under way into Pruitt's travel and security detail, “so as not to delay the completion of our ongoing work in those areas,” EPA's IG says.

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Democratic senators block ballast provision

Democratic senators have blocked a controversial provision that would remove EPA's Clean Water Act regulation of ships' ballast water.

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Democrats join resolution urging Pruitt to resign

At least 170 Democratic lawmakers are supporting the resolutions, including 39 senators -- the highest number to formally call for the ouster of a Cabinet official.

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Partisan EPW Split On CWA Groundwater Liability Imperils Legislative Fix

Partisan divisions on the Senate environment committee over whether the Clean Water Act (CWA) allows liability for pollution that travels through groundwater to surface waters are imperiling a potential legislative fix for the issue, with GOP lawmakers seeking a bill to prohibit such liability but lacking Democratic support for the effort.

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