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IG faults lack of EPA compliance with COVID-19 funding laws, rules

EPA’s Inspector General (IG) is faulting the agency’s Office of Chief Financial Officer for not complying with laws and rules for its implementation of last year’s COVID-19 economic stimulus law.

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EPA gives confidential RFS waiver data to GAO

The agency will give the Government Accountability Office (GAO) refiners’ confidential data as part of a GAO investigation into EPA’s issuance of renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers.

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Pallone Uses EPA FY22 Hearing To Call For Reinstating Superfund Taxes

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) used an April 29 hearing on EPA’s fiscal year 2022 budget request to make the case for reinstating the long-expired Superfund taxes on industry, saying it would provide “dedicated’ funding as the agency struggles with a backlog of orphan waste sites needing cleanup.

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Senate approves $35 billion water infrastructure bill

The 89-2 vote approves a $35 billion drinking water and wastewater infrastructure bill that both Democrats and Republicans have touted as a key component of comprehensive infrastructure plans.

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Senate Democrats Cite Methane CRA Vote As Only First Step On Climate

Senate Democrats are vowing that their successful vote to repeal the Trump EPA’s rule deregulating oil and gas methane emissions is just a first step toward addressing climate change, saying that Congress will also move on other measures, such as a climate-focused infrastructure package.

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Regan Faces Senators’ Competing Queries On EPA Plans At FY22 Hearing

EPA Administrator Michael Regan faced competing queries about his regulatory plans during a Senate environment panel hearing on EPA’s fiscal year 2022 budget request, with GOP senators seeking specifics on the Biden EPA’s policy agenda while Democrats urged continuing probes of claims of political interference in Trump-era scientific decisions.

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Regan Says EPA To Play ‘Central’ Role In Achieving Biden GHG Target

EPA Administrator Michael Regan says the agency is poised to play a “central” role in achieving President Joe Biden’s pledge to halve nationwide greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade, telling senators that the agency’s “conceptual” projections of GHG cuts from major rules could be released publicly.

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Biden Backs Senate Water Infrastructure Bill As ‘Good Start’ For Funding

President Joe Biden is backing bipartisan water infrastructure legislation likely to be considered on the Senate floor April 28, saying in a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) that the bill aligns with his administration’s goals and that it “is a good start to the much-needed funding” to improve water quality and provide jobs.

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Senate confirms McCabe for EPA deputy, Miller for key OMB slot

The Senate has confirmed former acting Obama EPA air chief Janet McCabe to be the agency’s deputy administrator in a 52-42 vote, with three GOP senators voting in favor of the nomination.

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EPA agrees to update drinking water utility ownership information

EPA is generally agreeing with the Government Accountability Office that it should update information in a Safe Drinking Water Act database to identify whether water utilities are owned by for-profit companies.

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