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After EPA Vow, House Group Intensifies Push For PFAS Superfund Listing

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers from Michigan is intensifying its push for EPA to list all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law, a step that would give the agency authority to compel cleanups, weeks after EPA agreed to list two of the most common PFAS substances.

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Rooney slated to be new GOP co-chair of climate caucus

Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) has co-sponsored carbon tax bills and also hopes to be the ranking member on the new House select climate committee, though he faces opposition from a long-time critic of carbon controls.

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Environmentalists Seek To Continue Some EPA Suits As Shutdown Drags On

Environmentalists are pushing back against EPA's efforts to stay all regulatory challenges and other litigation where the agency is a party until the government shutdown ends, arguing officials including Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys have authority to keep working on any case where a judge orders proceedings to continue.

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Scotched Senate nomination deal kills key EPA regulatory pledges

A Democrat's demand for a recorded vote on EPA's waste nominee killed pledges to revise its science rule, advance the long-sought assessment of formaldehyde and list two PFAS as “hazardous substances.”

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Senate Democrats Blast Wheeler Confirmation Prep Amid EPA Shutdown

Senate Democrats are blasting EPA's use of staffing resources during the government shutdown to prepare for acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler's imminent Senate confirmation hearing, charging that the move could be unlawful and conflicts with the agency's formal shutdown contingency plan.

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Wheeler's EPW hearing tees up battle over EPA deregulatory agenda

Senate Democrats are expected to use Wheeler's Jan. 16 confirmation hearing to query the acting EPA chief on a host of deregulatory policies that they oppose.

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Pallone adds 'climate' to Energy & Commerce panel's name

The subcommittee's jurisdiction remains unchanged from the prior Congress, including oversight of the Clean Air Act and air emissions -- including greenhouse gases.

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Trump nominates Wheeler as EPA chief, teeing up Senate fight

Republicans' expanded majority in the Senate means Wheeler is likely to be confirmed, but Democrats could still win concessions in exchange for speeding the process.

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House Democrat urges key GOP senator to back CFATS extension

A top House Democrat urges his GOP counterpart in the Senate to put off debate on revising DHS' chemical facility security plan and back a House-passed two-year extension of the expiring program.

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Unions Tout Waxman-Markey As Alternative To 'Green' Deal, Carbon Tax

Seven energy-related labor unions are urging Congress to revisit the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade climate bill that passed the House in 2009 in lieu of both a carbon tax and a so-called “Green New Deal” that are gaining political traction, putting further strain on an already divided Democratic caucus.

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