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Senators pressure Chamber to back climate resolution

Two dozen Democratic senators are urging the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to support a broad resolution urging congressional action to address man-made climate change.

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Senate confirms Rao, Trump’s deregulatory czar, to D.C. Circuit

Neomi Rao, the former director of the White House’s regulatory office, will sit on the appellate court that hears most challenges to EPA and other agencies’ highest-profile rules.

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IG Warns FY20 Budget Cut Will Force ‘Difficult Decisions’ On New Reviews

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is warning that President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut its funding from roughly $41.5 million down to $38.9 million in fiscal year 2020 will require the OIG to make “difficult decisions” in accepting new requests for discretionary inquiries, such as those sought by lawmakers, and completing ongoing studies.

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GOP, Industry Reject Call For CFATS Data Sharing After EPA's RMP Rollback

Republicans and the chemical industry are rejecting Democrats' calls to require industry to share data with first responders under the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, a step intended to fill the gap left by EPA's rollback of an Obama-era risk management plan (RMP) rule.

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Trump Eyes EPA FY20 Infrastructure Cuts But Open To Deal With Congress

President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal floats a cut of more than $700 million to the agency’s water infrastructure grant and loan programs, but the White House is signaling openness to making a deal with lawmakers on potential funding hikes if they are able to craft a broad infrastructure package that can clear Congress.

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Labor groups detail opposition to Green New Deal

“We will not accept proposals that could cause immediate harm to millions of our members and their families,” says a letter signed by the AFL-CIO and other unions representing workers in fossil fuel-heavy sectors.

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House Democrats Eye Water Subsidies But GOP Fears EPA Rate-Setting Role

Key House Democrats are exploring the possibility of creating an EPA program for low-income households to help them pay for water and sewer services, a plan that previously has won bipartisan support in the Senate though House Republicans are questioning whether the plan would give the agency a role in setting local rates.

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Trump renews EPA’s power to collect pesticide registration fees

President Donald Trump has signed legislation giving EPA another five years to collect industry fees to support pesticide reviews after two years of uncertainty over the fee program’s future.

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House Democrats demand EPA, SAB answers on Harvey air monitoring

House Democrats are demanding documents from EPA, Texas and NASA over the apparent cancellation of a NASA air pollution monitoring mission over hurricane-struck Houston in 2017.

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Wheeler Prioritizes EPA Research On PFAS Impacts On Agriculture

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is tasking the agency's Office of Research & Development (ORD) to lead efforts with other offices to steer existing funds toward projects that will aid in managing the impact of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on agriculture and rural economies, filling a gap in the agency's recent action plan.

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