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Senators seek methane curbs for distribution lines

Democrats are framing the bill as part of a broader response to EPA’s plans to scuttle Obama-era methane rules for the oil and gas sector.

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Carbon Tax Group Bolsters Plan In Bid To Court Environmentalists

An industry-backed group pushing Congress to enact a carbon tax-and-dividend policy is adding significant new details to its proposal, including a new suggestion that it might only seek to preempt EPA’s climate regulatory authority over stationary sources while allowing the agency to retain carbon rules for mobile sources.

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Chemical Companies Back PFAS Policies, Bolstering Legislative Push

DuPont and Chemours, two of the companies significantly involved in per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) issues, are backing a series of legislative amendments requiring EPA to regulate the substances under several environmental laws, bolstering efforts by lawmakers to win passage of the legislation in a pending defense bill.

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Democrat floats CRA resolution targeting ACE climate rule

The Congressional Review Act resolution to block EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy climate rule could boost public critiques of the regulation.

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EPA Groups Take Initial Steps To Bolster Recycling But Face Challenges

A wide-ranging group of stakeholders convened by EPA is moving ahead on initial steps to promote recycling and strengthen materials management infrastructure and secondary materials markets, even as they debate differences over how best to bolster the recycling system in light of major market impacts from China’s import restrictions.

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Returning Congress Expected To Weigh EPA Efforts On Municipal Recycling

When lawmakers return from their August recess, they appear likely to consider EPA efforts to bolster municipal recycling amid concerns over the impacts of China’s import restrictions on recyclable materials and calls from nearly four dozen House Democrats who are pressing EPA to develop a national strategy to aid domestic recycling programs.

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White House Objects To Senate’s Bipartisan PFAS Provisions

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is “strongly” objecting to numerous provisions in Senate-passed defense legislation that would require EPA to craft a series of new drinking water, toxics and reporting rules for perfluorinated chemicals and mandate that the Defense Department (DOD) mitigate its past use of the chemicals.

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Medical device makers press lawmakers to drop PFAS measures

The group says House amendments designating PFAS as “hazardous” would undermine development of life-saving medical devices which have been approved by the FDA.

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Trump Escalates War Over California Auto Deal With EPA Warning, DOJ Probe

The Trump administration is escalating its war over California’s voluntary agreement with four automakers regarding vehicle greenhouse gas standards, launching a Justice Department (DOJ) probe into whether the automakers are violating federal antitrust laws and issuing an EPA warning that the deal is illegal and must be withdrawn.

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House panel schedules oversight hearing on Trump’s CWA policies

EPA water chief David Ross is scheduled to testify at a Sept. 18 Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on the Trump administration’s Clean Water Act policy initiatives.

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