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Biden Faces FERC With GOP Majority, Limiting Climate Policy Options

President-elect Joe Biden will take office likely facing a Republican majority on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as the Senate is poised to approve two Trump nominees to the panel, a move that would likely limit the incoming administration’s near-term options to impose carbon-reduction requirements for the energy sector.

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House Democrats press Trump to keep 'integrity' of national climate study

Several dozen House Democrats are urging President Donald Trump to “preserve the integrity” of the congressionally directed National Climate Assessment.

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Stable Funding For DOE’s Cleanup Budget Likely Under Biden, Congress

Experts on Energy Department (DOE) matters believe DOE’s environmental management (EM) funding -- which usually tops $6 billion annually -- will likely remain stable under the incoming Congress and Biden administration, although they are expressing some reservations over potential future vulnerabilities for the EM program’s budget.

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Nuclear Watchdogs Urge Congress To Address Equity In Waste Legislation

Nuclear watchdog groups are urging lawmakers to address environmental justice (EJ) in future legislation on how to handle nuclear waste, a push that could potentially get a boost from the incoming Biden administration because of President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign vow to elevate the role of EJ in environmental decision-making.

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Industry-environmentalist coalition urges passage of HFC deal

An industry and environmentalist coalition is urging lawmakers during the lame-duck session to enact long-pending bipartisan legislation that would give EPA new authority to phase down hydrofluorocarbons.

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Policy expert says ‘green’ stimulus boosts U.S. climate ‘credibility’

Alden Meyer, a long-time international climate policy expert, says the incoming Biden administration should focus its efforts on enacting low-carbon measures in economic stimulus legislation.

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Agriculture, Environmental Groups Urge EPA To Boost Carbon Storage

An expanding coalition of agriculture, forestry and environmental groups is floating dozens of steps to boost carbon storage and achieve greenhouse gas cuts, including for EPA to update lifecycle GHG analysis for fuels that qualify under its renewable fuels standard (RFS) to account for the industry’s efficiency gains.

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Capito set to lead Senate EPW as Barrasso moves to chair energy panel

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) is expected to be the top Republican on the environment panel after current Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) announced he will lead the chamber’s energy committee.

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Pebble Mine leaders optimistic about securing CWA permit

The company seeking to build the controversial mine in Alaska says its comprehensive mitigation plan can achieve the high bar for in-kind and in-watershed mitigation the Army Corps of Engineers is requiring.

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Dingell Outlines Democrats’ Plans To Speed PFAS Legislation, Regulation

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) says Democrats have three core actions they will pursue to speed legislation and regulation for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) including reintroducing a sweeping PFAS bill, urging the Biden administration to issue PFAS mitigation policies, and educating the public on the chemicals’ risks.

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