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Democrats flag ‘serious concerns’ on EPA ethics policies

An inquiry by the House oversight committee details several concerns regarding EPA’s ethics program, including one ‘egregious case’ focused on former air chief Bill Wehrum.

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House GOP weighs response to Democrats’ climate agenda

The Republican plan is unlikely to include comprehensive solutions such as carbon pricing, but instead will focus on research or other incentive-based approaches to the issue.

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Most Democrats back USMCA despite climate concerns

Only nine Senate Democrats voted against the Trump administration’s proposal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, with many citing the deal’s lack of climate change provisions.

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Industry groups eye national recycling standards

A newly formed coalition plans to develop a public policy framework to guide more uniform approaches to recycling, citing a “packaging and plastic waste crisis” exacerbated by thousands of recycling systems.

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House Democrats resist Trump’s CWA rollbacks

The ability to make continued environmental progress is being hampered by the Trump administration’s “chipping away” at Clean Water Act protections, the lawmakers say.

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Despite Wide Support, Some Republicans Wary Of EPA HFC Limits

Key House Republicans are raising concerns with bipartisan and bicameral legislation that would give EPA new authority to phase down the production and use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants that act as potent greenhouse gases, signaling likely hurdles for the measure despite significant industry and GOP support.

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Democrats seek ‘immediate’ steps on enforcing Chesapeake Bay cleanup

Democratic lawmakers from Maryland, Virginia and Delaware say they “are extremely concerned by signals that EPA appears to be backing away from its statutory obligations” to cleanup up the Chesapeake Bay.

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PFAS Bill Clears House In Bipartisan Vote But Still Faces GOP Obstacles

With the support of two dozen Republicans, the House has approved legislation that would regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in air, water and other media, though the bill continues to face stiff opposition from top congressional Republicans and the White House, stymieing its future prospects.

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Senate confirms OIRA’s Ray amid Democrats’ attacks on EPA rollbacks

Paul Ray has been serving as acting White House Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) chief, overseeing pre-publication review of major rules by EPA and other agencies.

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House members float companion to Senate bill limiting HFCs

A bipartisan group of four House members is backing the legislation, which is scheduled to receive a hearing in the Energy & Commerce Committee next week.

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