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Barrasso, Carper Announce Bipartisan Deal on EPA HFC Phasedown

Key senators say they have reached a bipartisan deal on legislation requiring EPA to implement a 15-year phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a compromise that could pave the way for enactment of the measure after months of clashing over the climate policy that has also stalled comprehensive energy legislation.

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EPA Staffers, Two House Democrats Press Agency To Continue Telework

Two House Democrats from Michigan and almost 130 EPA employees from Seattle are pressing the agency to allow continued telework rather than require employees to return to their offices in Washington state and Ann Arbor, MI, arguing the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a major public health threat.

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Environmentalists Grapple With Possible CRA Attacks On Trump Rules

Environmental groups are grappling with the extent to which they should support using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn Trump administration environmental rollbacks, despite multiple recent calls to deploy the law to undo such deregulatory actions if Democrats sweep the Nov. 3 elections.

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Democrats question EPA authority for new hardrock mine cleanup office

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) want EPA to halt implementation of the office until House and Senate Appropriations committees can approve the reorganization.

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EPA ‘welcomes’ GAO review of CWA enforcement against San Francisco

EPA says it “would welcome” a Government Accountability Office review of its enforcement against the city, and that evidence will show the case was not a matter of political retaliation as Democrats claim.

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GAO begins review of EPA’s CWA enforcement against San Francisco

Democrats and state officials have charged that EPA used the Clean Water Act to retaliate against California for opposing Trump administration policies on climate and other issues.

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Water sector report urges significant boost for infrastructure investment

The nation risks a $2.9 trillion decline in the gross domestic product as well as billions of dollars of increased healthcare costs unless federal water infrastructure funding is increased, says the report.

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Senate Democrats Eye Killing Filibuster To Move Major Climate Legislation

Top Senate Democrats say they might end the upper chamber’s longstanding requirement to achieve supermajority support to move legislation in order to enact bold climate change policies if they retake the Senate and the White House following the Nov. 3 elections.

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Warren, Markey push Wheeler for COVID-19 enforcement policy details

Massachusetts Democrats Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are raising a host of new questions on the enforcement discretion policy just days before it is set to expire.

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EPA faces bipartisan House call to drop methane air rule

A total of 85 House Democrats, joined by a pair of Republicans, are urging EPA to withdraw its just-finalized rollback of methane standards for oil and gas equipment.

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