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Senate Confirms EPA Waste Chief Wright In Party-Line Vote

The Senate July 11 voted along party lines to confirm Peter Wright to lead EPA’s waste office, overcoming Democrats’ efforts to block, or at least delay, the vote as they cited new ethical questions, his long-time chemical industry background and EPA’s failure, to date, to fulfill promises to regulate two perfluorinated chemicals.

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House Poised To Debate PFAS Superfund Listing, Sparking GOP Criticism

The House is gearing up to debate an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would require EPA to list perfluorinated chemicals as hazardous substances under the Superfund law, a move that is already prompting strong opposition from a top Senate Republican opposed to the measure.

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Rules Committee Allows House Debate On Suite Of PFAS Amendments

The House Rules Committee is allowing lawmakers to debate a series of amendments governing perfluorinated chemicals when lawmakers take up the annual defense authorization bill in the coming days, including a key amendment requiring EPA to quickly designate the chemicals as hazardous substances under the Superfund law.

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Environmental groups urge EPA to delay FOIA rule

More than a dozen environmental groups are urging EPA to delay its new rule for how it will process Freedom of Information Act requests, charging the rule could politicize the process.

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Democratic Senators To Push Superfund PFAS Listing During Wright Vote

Democratic senators are attempting to leverage the Senate’s upcoming floor vote on EPA waste chief nominee Peter Wright to require EPA to designate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the Superfund law -- a measure that would allow the agency to hold responsible parties, including the Defense Department (DOD), liable for PFAS releases.

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BlueGreen’s GHG Plan Adds Details But Labor Unions Remain Divided

The BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of labor and environmental groups, has unveiled an ambitious climate change platform that includes more details than what was included in Democrats’ Green New Deal (GND), though the measure continues to divide coal-sector and other groups over who aggressively to limit emissions

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Hill Democrats float ‘climate emergency’ resolution

The proposed resolution says climate change “demands a national, social, industrial and economic mobilization of the resources and labor of the United States at a massive scale.”

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Senate Democrats float national renewable power standard

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), the bill’s main sponsor, says his proposed renewable electricity standard would ensure over half of the country’s power comes from renewables by 2035.

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House panel eyes EPA estuary panel reauthorization

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee appears likely to move a legislative package, perhaps by the end of the year, to reauthorize several related EPA estuary restoration programs.

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House Bill Would Require EPA To Set PFAS Effluent Limits By 2022

Democratic House lawmakers from New Hampshire have introduced legislation to require EPA to develop Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent limits for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by 2022, drawing praise from environmentalists but raising questions about the agency’s ability to meet the deadline given a current lack of data.

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