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Senators press GAO to probe EPA water enforcement consistency

California’s two Democratic senators argue that a September 2019 enforcement action against San Francisco “singled out” the city’s water system in contrast to other municipalities.

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House FY21 EPA Bill Boosts Agency Budget, Reverses Trump Rollbacks

House appropriators’ newly unveiled fiscal year 2021 EPA spending bill would boost overall agency funding by roughly 3 percent to almost $9.4 billion, including increases in environmental justice (EJ) and other programs, while also short-circuiting several high-profile Trump administration rollbacks of air, climate and water rules.

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EPA ‘indefinitely’ shelves 2021 RFS rule

The agency is reportedly shelving work on the proposal amid uncertainty on fuel demand due to the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing battles over compliance waivers for small refiners.

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Senate approves CFATS reauthorization, House poised to follow

The Senate’s effort reauthorizes the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, due to expire July 13, for another three years without making any policy changes to the program.

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House Panel Approves Measure Forcing DOD To Meet State PFAS Limits

The House Armed Services Committee has passed legislation that would set several new requirements for how the Defense Department (DOD) addresses per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including a measure to force it to comply with state drinking water and groundwater requirements unless they are weaker than any federal level.

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EPW Senators Push Infrastructure Bill With Climate Resiliency Provisions

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee are urging other Senate committees to help advance EPW’s sweeping transportation infrastructure funding bill that includes first-time major resilience provisions to combat climate change.

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House Democrats question Wheeler on Great Lakes enforcement

A group of 23 House Democrats says EPA is cutting enforcement resources in the Great Lakes region, citing an April report that found lower spending and higher noncompliance rates in the area.

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Democrats Unveil Wide-Ranging Climate Plan With Major EPA, EJ Focus

House Democrats have unveiled a long-awaited series of climate policy proposals that combine long-term decarbonization goals with hundreds of specific measures to enable them, including a key focus on environmental justice (EJ), investments in infrastructure and climate resilience, and a range of new EPA responsibilities.

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New WIFIA Criteria Allow Release Of FY20 Funds But Questions Remain

The Trump administration has developed new criteria to evaluate the award of loans and loan guarantees under an EPA water infrastructure program, responding to Congress’ mandate to address a budget scoring concern that could limit the use of such funds -- but it remains unclear whether the criteria will make it easier for utilities to obtain the funds.

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Ewire: House climate panel poised to release policy proposals

In today’s Ewire: The committee will unveil its long-awaited policy proposals June 30, while environmentalists are already unveiling political messaging focused on investing in clean energy jobs.

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