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White House plans to name Waterhouse to lead EPA waste office

The White House plans to nominate environmental justice expert Carlton Waterhouse to lead EPA’s Office of Land & Emergency Management.

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EPA Chief Regan Aims For Long-Term ‘Electric Future’ In Transportation

EPA Administrator Michael Regan says he is aiming for an “electric future” for road transportation, though he sees a useful role for near-term measures to reduce diesel exhaust, greenhouse gases and other air emissions from vehicles, statements that may heighten tensions with the oil and biofuels industries who compete over liquid fuels markets.

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Senate Urged To Back RCRA On PFAS As Regan Ducks CERCLA Query

New Mexico’s environment secretary is urging senators to back calls for EPA to designate certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a “hazardous waste” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) a possible alternative to long-running calls for the agency to take a similar action under the Superfund law.

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House Democrats Optimistic Of Deal With Senate On Water Funding Bill

House Democrats are optimistic they will reach agreement with the Senate on clean water infrastructure investments for EPA even while pushing a bill that authorizes higher funding levels than the Senate approved, pointing to offers from Senate Republicans during failed talks with President Joe Biden.

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House Panel Eyes Massive Water Bill As Biden Infrastructure Talks Collapse

The House transportation committee is poised to mark up a $51 billion EPA clean water infrastructure bill June 9 that authorizes significantly more funding than a companion bill that cleared the Senate, following the breakdown in negotiations between President Joe Biden and Senate Republicans over an additional, broader infrastructure package.

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Senate Democrats Push New Bills To Speed, Fund DOD PFAS Cleanups

With backing from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Democrats are pushing new legislation that aims to speed the cleanup of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at Defense Department (DOD) locations by setting deadlines for testing and remediating sites and authorizing a one-time $10 billion investment to fund the effort.

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Ernst touts push for RFS waiver transparency

The bill, now backed by the senator from Iowa, would force EPA to disclose basic information on recipients of RFS waivers in an effort that Ernst says is aimed at preventing the agency from granting waivers “like candy.”

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House Transport Bill Floats Key Climate Provisions Amid Broader Debate

House Democrats’ new bill reauthorizing surface transportation programs is threaded with multiple climate change-related provisions including new greenhouse gas performance measures, with the legislation potentially poised to form a key component of a broader infrastructure package.

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Report Faults Utility Affordability Programs As Congress Eyes EPA Plan

As lawmakers debate the creation of an EPA assistance program for low-income water customers, a new report is highlighting shortcomings with existing utility-based assistance efforts and outlining a number of recommendations to improve customer assistance programs to make them effective and equitable.

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New Mexico senator urges EPA review of El Paso gas plant

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) is concerned that Texas’ permit for the new plant will allow further pollution of his state.

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