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Industry Urges Quick PRIA Renewal After EPA's Pesticide Fee Power Lapses

Chemical industry officials are urging Congress to quickly approve legislation renewing EPA’s authority to collect industry fees to support quick pesticide registration reviews, with the agency poised to imminently lose its power because lawmakers did not renew it as part of the broad funding deal to avert another government shutdown.

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House Democrat plans climate 'emergency' resolution

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is planning to introduce a resolution stating that climate change is a national emergency -- a direct response to President Trump's declaration about border security.

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EPA Halts Formaldehyde IRIS Analysis As ACC Prepares For OPPT Review

EPA appears to have halted the long-running and controversial effort by its research office to assess the human health risks of formaldehyde, a move that could bolster efforts by the chemical industry which is preparing for the possibility that EPA's toxics office may select the chemical for evaluation, an approach the industry has long favored.

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Trump to sign EPA FY19 funding, declare border wall 'emergency'

Some Republicans fear the president's border wall emergency declaration could give a future Democratic president a roadmap to pursue policies on hotly contested issues, including climate change.

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GOP Senators Threaten Wheeler Nomination Over RFS Credit Reform Plan

Five GOP senators say they will have “serious concerns” about acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler’s nomination to head the agency permanently unless he gives them details on a plan to reform the renewable fuel standard (RFS) that satisfies them, which would be enough GOP votes to reject Wheeler in a floor vote if all Democrats oppose him.

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After McConnell plans 'Green' deal vote, Schumer says 'bring it on'

“Trust me, we'll be fine because the American people know that our entire party actually believes that climate change is happening and caused by humans,” the Democratic Leader said.

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CCS tax credits do not displace renewables, report finds

An environmental group says power sector modeling shows that carbon capture deployments would replace “uncontrolled fossil-fired power, not new or existing renewable energy.”

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Republicans Unify Against Green New Deal In Bid To Finesse Climate Stance

Capitol Hill Republicans are increasingly unified in their opposition to the ambitious “Green New Deal” climate change plan championed by many Democrats, allowing them to place less of an emphasis on prior disputes over climate science that could give them problems with voters increasingly concerned about global warming.

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CEQ Prepares To Ease NEPA Rules As Hill Struggles On Infrastructure

Industry and other sources are lowering their expectations that Congress will enact major infrastructure legislation because lawmakers have made little progress toward a deal on new project funding, though the White House is pressing ahead on eased rules for environment and climate reviews that many infrastructure projects must undertake.

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Lawmakers float resolution rebuking Trump on Paris exit

The non-binding resolution says Congress “reaffirms its commitment to the Paris Agreement and that the United States is still in and should not withdraw.”

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