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West Virginia AG Urges EPW Members To Oppose McCabe As EPA Deputy

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) is urging Senate environment panel members to oppose President Joe Biden’s nomination of Janet McCabe to be deputy EPA chief because of her role in crafting Obama-era air rules, likely also creating pressure on potential swing vote Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to oppose McCabe.

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House ethanol supporters float bills to boost use of biofuels

Democratic and GOP House members have introduced legislation that aims to boost sales of 15-percent ethanol fuel and improve the greenhouse gas profile of biofuels.

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EPA’s Fox Eyes Partnerships To Tackle Water Infrastructure Challenges

Acting EPA water chief Radhika Fox sees stronger partnerships with state and local governments as an important step in tackling major challenges to improve the nation’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and is highlighting a new infrastructure report card from civil engineers as a guide to future policy discussions.

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McCabe Vows To Boost Staff Protections As EPA Deputy Administrator

Janet McCabe, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be deputy EPA administrator, pledged during her March 3 confirmation hearing to bolster protections for career staff at the agency against unsafe conditions and political interference when working on rules, including potential reforms to scientific integrity policies.

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Senators Urge Mallory To Balance Speed, Protection In CEQ NEPA Rule

Brenda Mallory told senators at her March 3 confirmation hearing that if confirmed as chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) she will seek ways to speed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) infrastructure permits while reversing Trump-era moves to loosen the environmental review process.

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House Democrats Float Broad Climate Bill With National GHG Targets

House Energy & Commerce Committee Democrats are introducing a sweeping climate change bill with economy-wide and sector-specific provisions to curb carbon emissions, including 2030 targets for the broader economy and electricity sector as well as provisions to garner support among environment, equity and labor groups.

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EPA sends TSCA PFAS reporting proposal for OMB review

The proposed rule, required by a statutory amendment, would require reporting and recordkeeping for the production of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Senate EPW announces subcommittee assignments

The announcement of the subcommittee assignments means that senators on EPW can begin work on developing legislation designed in part to achieve President Joe Biden’s environmental goals.

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Merkley becomes chairman of Senate spending panel overseeing EPA

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has become the chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that oversees EPA’s budget, moving to the top Democratic slot on the panel after Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) retired last year.

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EPW schedules confirmation hearing for Mallory, McCabe

Brenda Mallory and Janet McCabe will testify at a March 3 Senate confirmation hearing on their nominations to head the White House Council on Environmental Quality and to be EPA deputy administrator.

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