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Congressional Concerns Over EtO Emissions Spread Beyond Illinois

Lawmakers representing congressional districts in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Texas are joining Illinois’ delegation in questioning EPA’s response to information it released last year about cancer risk to communities exposed to ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions from facilities such as sterilization or chemical production plants.

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Pressure mounts on EPA in Newark lead crisis

New Jersey officials are urging EPA to provide additional assistance to the city of Newark, including paying for bottled water for residents.

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House Democrats urge automakers to join California

Leaders of a sustainability coalition are joining with senators to increase pressure on 14 automakers to join California’s recent GHG deal with Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW.

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Trump Under Pressure As Biofuels Groups Cry Foul Over New RFS Waivers

President Donald Trump is facing angry calls from biofuels groups and Farm Belt lawmakers to quickly intervene and mitigate the effects of a fresh round of EPA waivers exempting small refiners from renewable fuel standard (RFS) blending obligations, as the agricultural economy continues to suffer from a host of problems depressing farm incomes.

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Water Utilities Ask Congress For CERCLA Exemption For PFAS Residuals

As lawmakers gear up to resolve differences in their pending defense bills to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), water utility groups are, for the first time, detailing joint principles, including asking for a liability exemption for PFAS-containing residuals if the bill requires EPA to designate the chemicals as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law.

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Unions urge 2020 candidates to support carbon cap, not tax

Several energy sector unions are also projecting that a “fair level of compensation” for workers displaced by major climate policy could be between $1 trillion and $3 trillion through 2040.

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Flurry Of Carbon Tax Bills Float Menu Of Stringency, Revenue Options

The flurry of bills introduced this Congress to impose a tax or other kind of price on carbon emissions throughout the economy are floating a menu of options regarding the stringency of the policy and the use of revenues, even as prospects for major climate legislation appear slim in the near term.

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Carbon Tax Adviser Optimistic Despite ‘Tricky’ GHG Rule Preemption Debate

AUSTIN, TX -- An adviser to an industry-backed group pushing for a carbon tax is expressing optimism about the broader policy’s chances in Congress over the next year but says that a portion of the plan to “streamline” EPA’s greenhouse gas regulatory authority in exchange for the tax could be the “trickiest” part to negotiate.

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EPW Democrats query Wheeler on order to slash advisory panels

Democratic senators on the environment committee are asking the EPA administrator to explain how the agency plans to implement an executive order to eliminate one-third of federal advisory committees.

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IG Largely Clears EPA Staff In Dispute Over ‘Glider’ Truck Emission Tests

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is largely exonerating agency staff from claims by some House Republicans that they improperly coordinated with new truck manufacturers in conducting tests of “glider” trucks, which combine used engines with new chassis, that showed high emissions from the vehicles.

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