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Pruitt draws concern over top Superfund official's banking violations

“These [Superfund cleanup] funds should not be entrusted to someone who has been barred from working for every financial institution from credit unions to Wall Street banks,” Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) told the administrator.

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Senate authorizes funding for military PFAS cleanups

The Senate has approved legislation authorizing the military to spend $62 million on remediating contamination from chemicals in firefighting foam.

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Senate panel delays EPA confirmation hearing

The committee did not provide a reason for the delay but said it “will be rescheduled for a later date.”

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Fighting FY18 Cuts, ECOS Makes Preserving STAG Funds Top FY19 Priority

JACKSON HOLE, WY -- Even as they press EPA and Congress to reverse the Trump administration's proposed cuts to EPA's budget in fiscal year 2018, state environmental regulators are outlining top priorities for the agency's FY19 budget, including consistent funding for core programs, greater flexibility for states to use the funds and increased efficiency.

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CCS Backers Cite Finances As Main Hurdle, Despite GOP Fears About NSR

Several supporters of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies told Congress that the predominant hurdle to greater deployment of the greenhouse gas controls is high up-front installation costs, though Republican senators are seeking to play up EPA's new source review (NSR) air permitting regulations as another key problem.

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Senators seek details on EPA staff cuts, reorganization efforts

Six Senate Democrats ask EPA chief Scott Pruitt for a host of documents to “evaluate the impact of the ongoing and planned personnel cuts.”

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Bodine's interim role at EPA sparks Senate battle

We will “not consent to any time agreement to process Bodine’s nomination until she responds fully” to our letter, two Democratic senators say.

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House approves FY18 spending bill with EPA cuts, policy riders

An array of program cuts and riders in the bill is sparking blowback from environmental groups as well as Democrats who are suggesting the package has little chance of becoming law.

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Walden eyes land policy reform to cut wildfires' air pollution

The Energy & Commerce Committee chairman is urging changes to federal land management policies to curb air pollution and greenhouse gases from wildfires.

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Unions, Environmentalists Ramp Up Pressure On Senate To Stop EPA Cuts

Environmental groups and federal employee unions are ramping up their defense of EPA's budget in fiscal year 2018, readying efforts to shore up support in the Senate by citing recent massive hurricanes to highlight the need for adequate agency resources to address short- and long-term consequences of the cleanup effort.

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