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Democrat's bill would exempt EPA from Trump's hiring freeze

The bill is unlikely to advance but could help support Democrats' narrative that staff cuts at EPA will impede core functions such as permit approvals.

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Trump Order Seeks To Rollback 'Burdens' But Draws Democrats' Warning

The Trump administration is outlining a broad policy to promote development of the country's “vast energy resources,” with the president's just-issued executive order on the issue directing agencies to identify a host of “regulatory burdens” that “unnecessarily encumber energy production” and hamper job growth.

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Senators See Bipartisan Support For CWA Integrated Planning Legislation

Democratic and GOP members of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) are voicing support for the latest iteration of a bill to codify EPA's Clean Water Act (CWA) integrated planning policy, signaling that the long-pending legislation -- which has support from municipal groups -- might finally reach the Senate floor this year.

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Senators form caucus supporting chemical sector

The caucus' launch could bolster chemical industry efforts to ensure the Trump EPA fully -- and quickly -- implements the revised TSCA law.

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Rep. Graves Sees Bipartisan Brownfields Bill As Starting Point For Talks

Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), chairman of a House environment panel, plans to consider portions of a just-introduced bipartisan brownfields bill as the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee develops broad brownfields legislation but says there are omissions that need to be further discussed with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

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Gorsuch Downplays Opposition To Agency Deference At Senate Hearing

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch at his Senate confirmation hearing downplayed his appellate ruling that objected to a landmark legal test mandating judicial deference to EPA and other agencies, saying that he criticized the test because it could allow an agency to circumvent a court decision by changing its interpretation of a law.

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Proponents Push To Boost Brownfields, Superfund In Rebuke To Trump's Cuts

Proponents of EPA's cleanup programs are pushing to shore up funding in a rebuke of the Trump administration's proposed spending cuts, with bipartisan House lawmakers eying brownfields legislation amid a strong push by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, as well as city, county and state officials, who have advocated for the program in recent weeks.

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USDA Nominee Perdue Vows To Back EPA's RFS, Reduce 'Onerous' Rules

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R), President Donald Trump's nominee to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), at his Senate confirmation hearing vowed to strongly support EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) while also pledging to work with the agency to reduce “onerous” rules for the agricultural sector.

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House panel to weigh climate science

The March 29 hearing will feature several witnesses who do not accept mainstream scientific conclusions on anthropogenic climate change, threatening to revive controversy.

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House Democrats Warn Budget Cuts Will Hinder GOP NAAQS Reform Push

House Democrats are warning Republicans that President Donald Trump's proposed massive budget cuts to EPA and federal grants to states will hinder the GOP's legislative push to ease implementation of the agency's ambient air standards, saying the cuts would make it harder for states to meet the standards even if the bill became law.

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