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Pruitt's Scandals Complicate Path For EPA Waste, International Nominees

Ongoing concerns about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's ethics scandals, the agency's limited responses to oversight requests and other issues will make it difficult for President Donald Trump's nominees to head the agency's waste and international affairs offices to gain Senate approval, Democratic senators told a June 20 environment committee hearing.

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Reversing Course, Inhofe Defends Pruitt, Calling Accusations 'Lies'

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) is strongly defending EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt against numerous allegations of unethical conduct, calling them “outrageous lies,” an apparent reversal from a week ago when the senator said he was upset by Pruitt's missteps and suggested the administrator might need to step down.

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Observers Brace For Trump Reorganization Plan With EPA Impact Unclear

The Trump administration is expected to release as soon as June 21 a broad plan for reorganizing the federal government, though some observers doubt the plan will spur broad proposed changes at EPA, such as closing of regional offices, despite calls from some to do so.

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House Democrats criticize Pruitt's NAAQS reform effort

The lawmakers are calling for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to withdraw his demand that the agency's clean air advisers consider non-health issues when setting federal air standards.

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Senate appropriators order PFAS review's release

“ATSDR is directed to publish to the Federal Register, within 15 days of enactment, the proposed toxicological profile,” Senate appropriators said.

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In Latest Rebuke To Pruitt, Appropriators Adds Ethics Limits To FY19 Bill

Senate appropriators have added a provision in EPA's fiscal year 2019 spending package formally admonishing Administrator Scott Pruitt -- albeit without mentioning him by name -- for numerous reported ethical lapses, marking a political response and mounting Capitol Hill impatience with Pruitt's scandals.

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Democrats Seek To Preserve EPA's RMP Provisions In CFATS Renewal

As the Trump administration works to roll back the Obama-era rule strengthening EPA's facility accident prevention program, House Democrats are seeking to codify portions of the rule in pending legislation renewing the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) facility security program and incorporate some of its provisions into any future DHS program.

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California lawmakers seek RFS credit for biomass electricity

California lawmakers are pushing EPA to grant RFS credit for biomass-derived electricity, after the agency declared biomass power carbon-neutral.

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Trump Faces Growing Calls From Republicans, Conservatives To Fire Pruitt

Key Republican lawmakers and other Trump administration allies are heightening their concerns about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's ethics scandals, with many influential conservatives publicly calling for President Donald Trump to fire Pruitt or at least floating a scenario in which he leaves the agency.

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Lawmakers Seek Six-Year Extension For Controversial UST Requirements

Dozens of House and Senate lawmakers are urging EPA to extend by six years an October deadline for inspections of underground storage tanks (USTs), saying the requirement will place an overwhelming financial burden on fuel retailers, especially small businesses, an argument fuel retailers made when EPA crafted the requirement in 2015.

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