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House Lawmakers Launch Early Push For PFAS Measures In Defense Bill

House lawmakers are launching an early push to try to attach stalled policy measures to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to next year’s defense authorization bill, seeking to build on efforts late last year that added a host of PFAS measures to the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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Faulting EPA Analysis, Critics Step Up Push For Stalled Asbestos Ban Bill

A key House Democrat and an asbestos awareness group are stepping up efforts to advance stalled bipartisan legislation seeking to ban asbestos, arguing EPA’s recently released draft evaluation of the minerals under the revised toxics law is too narrowly focused and ignores multiple aspects of asbestos risk as well an appellate court ruling.

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EPA extends science rule comment deadline

The new May 18 comment deadline for the plan puts any final rule at risk of being easily scrapped under the Congressional Review Act if Democrats sweep the November elections.

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Senate Democrats Press EPA On Operational Decisions During Virus

Nearly a dozen Senate Democrats are pressing EPA to detail a host of decisions about its operations during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including its new policy floating enforcement discretion for various industries, officials’ steps to continue advancing rulemakings, and potential long-term plans allowing staff to telework.

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Pelosi Seeks Water Infrastructure In Next Virus Bill But Form Is Unclear

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says she wants to include assistance for the water sector in the next round of coronavirus legislation, though utility sources say it remains unclear whether that assistance will include increasing EPA infrastructure programs or other measures, especially given a focus on crafting a bipartisan bill.

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For now, CSB has a quorum after Senate confirms nominee

Katherine Lemos’ confirmation means the five-member board has a quorum to investigate chemical accidents at least until the board’s other member’s term expires in August.

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Officials Scramble To Show Net Benefits From Auto GHG Rule Rollback

Just days before releasing their final rollback of Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, Trump administration officials have been scrambling to show the rule has net positive benefits to society given that recent drafts show the flagship rulemaking would impose greater overall costs than benefits.

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Final Auto GHG Rollback To Include Various Compliance ‘Flexibilities’

The Trump administration’s imminent rollback of Obama-era auto greenhouse gas rules will embrace several regulatory flexibilities the agencies originally proposed to jettison -- though it is likely to end “multiplier” credits for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids while extending them for natural gas vehicles, sources say.

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House Democrats detail environmental priorities for next COVID-19 bill

A group of 43 House Democrats is calling for any further coronavirus stimulus to include major spending on environmental justice efforts and EPA programs.

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Water Sector Continues Push For Coronavirus Aid In Future Legislation

Left out of the Senate’s $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bill, the water sector is continuing its push for federal assistance to help utilities and low-income customers pay for their services, redoubling efforts to engage with congressional staff and lawmakers and eyeing potential future rounds of legislation, water utility sources say.

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