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House Republicans unveil water infrastructure plan

The bill’s provisions are nearly identical to a compromise bipartisan bill that passed the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) in 2019 but which is less than what Democrats are now seeking.

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Governors urge Congress to invest $1 billion in Chesapeake Bay

The governors of the six states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed say the significant and much needed infusion of new funds will jumpstart the final phase of restoration ahead of an EPA deadline as well as create jobs.

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Senate panel approves Kim to lead DOJ environment office

Todd Kim won bipartisan backing from the Senate Judiciary Committee May 13 as the panel approved his nomination to lead the Justice Department’s environmental division on a 15-7 vote.

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Senators Query EPA’s Fox On WOTUS But Signal Easy Confirmation

EPA water office nominee Radhika Fox reiterated her pledge to work with states and industry groups on a new “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule at her Senate confirmation hearing, drawing praise from Republicans who raised no objection to her confirmation even as they warned her against reviving the Obama-era water policy.

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Freedhoff Vows Quick, ‘Protective’ TSCA Rules At Confirmation Hearing

Michal Freedhoff, the Biden administration nominee to lead EPA’s chemical safety office, vowed during her May 12 confirmation hearing to quickly craft “protective” TSCA rules for existing chemicals, and promised lawmakers that her plan to step up consideration of worker safety will not produce burdensome mandates.

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PEER Accuses CSB Chair Of Misspending Funds, Undermining Nominees

An environmental whistleblower group claims Katherine Lemos, chair and sole current member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) rewrote the panel’s governing rules to “consolidate” her power at the expense of three pending nominees, and claims she has improperly spent CSB funds during her tenure.

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Dingell Seeks Tougher PFAS Limits After ATSDR Adopts Strict Risk Values

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), a leader of Capitol Hill efforts to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), is urging regulators and other federal officials to quickly adopt stricter limits on the chemicals after the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s (ATSDR) formally adopted risk values more conservative than EPA’s.

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Freedhoff Expected To Win Confirmation Despite TSCA Policy Battles

A former EPA chemicals chief says Michal Freedhoff is widely expected to win confirmation to lead EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) following her Senate hearing May 12, as stakeholders continue to line up behind her despite industry opposition to many of her TSCA policies.

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Biden EPA Faces Pressure To End Debate On Regulating AFO Emissions

The Biden administration is facing pressure to resolve a long-running debate over whether and how EPA should regulate animal feeding operations’ (AFOs) emissions of hazardous gases, criteria air pollutants and the greenhouse gas methane, with some states and Congress grappling with either pursuing or blocking AFO air rules.

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Trump water chief backs Fox’s nomination to lead OW

David Ross is urging the Senate environment panel to confirm Radhika Fox as the head of EPA’s Office of Water (OW), saying that despite their potential policy differences, she is well qualified for the position.

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