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DOE tells Congress reclassifying reprocessing waste will lower costs

The Energy Department is telling Congress in a new report that reclassifying reprocessing nuclear waste could save billions of dollars in disposal costs and accelerate the process while maintaining public safety.

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Grappling With RFS Policy Decisions, EPA Floats Compliance Extensions

EPA is proposing to delay renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance deadlines for small refiners and others subject to the program’s biofuel blending mandates, giving the industry more time to comply while the agency grapples with whether to issue a slew of pending RFS compliance waivers and how to set RFS production goals for 2021.

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Castor Pledges Hill Action On ‘Cleanest, Greenest’ Infrastructure Bill

Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), who chairs the House select climate change committee, is pledging that Congress will enact the “cleanest, greenest” infrastructure package later this year, with various provisions advancing clean energy and other climate-related initiatives.

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With Thin Majority, Senate Democrats Face Balancing Act On Climate

Senate Democrats upcoming majority in the upper chamber appears to have given them a clear path to push a more ambitious climate agenda using several potential legislative options, even though their narrow control suggests a delicate balancing act that could depend on industry’s willingness to accept some climate policies.

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Industry Coalition Backing EVs Seeks Strict EPA Rules, Other Policies

A new coalition of industry groups supporting electric vehicles (EVs) is floating a policy blueprint calling for EPA rules to achieve “sharp reductions” in vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, coupled with other legislative and regulatory policies including infrastructure spending to spur the industry.

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Democrats’ Hill Control Seen Boosting Outlook For CERCLA Action On PFAS

Upcoming Democratic control of the Senate after last week’s elections in Georgia is expected to bolster lawmakers’ efforts to require EPA to designate various per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the Superfund law, though any Senate review could renew debate on liability carveouts for some affected sectors.

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Schumer Pledges Action On Climate, Infrastructure Amid Trump Sanctions

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says he plans to stay focused on moving climate and infrastructure legislation as part of an economic recovery plan and confirming Biden administration nominees even as the Senate will have to consider the expected House impeachment of President Donald Trump following last week’s attack on the Capitol.

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Critics Seek To Avoid Use Of CRA To Rescind Trump EPA Science Rule

House science committee Chairman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) is joining other critics of the Trump EPA’s science transparency rule in urging the Biden administration to quickly unwind the policy by administrative action as well as just-filed litigation, rather than having Congress rescind it using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

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Wheeler Vows To Stay At EPA As Some Officials Resign Over Hill Violence

Administrator Andrew Wheeler is vowing to stay at EPA through the end of President Donald Trump’s term on Jan. 20 to ensure a smooth transition to the Biden administration, while criticizing the violence at the Capitol this week that has already spurred some top officials to resign, including Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

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Democrats’ Georgia Victories Might Boost Prospects For Sweeping EJ Bill

Democrats’ apparent victories in the two Senate runoff races in Georgia may bolster prospects that a narrow Democratic-controlled Congress could advance landmark sweeping environmental justice (EJ) legislation, including a provision to overturn a strict high court bar for bringing discrimination claims, attorneys say.

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