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Regan Suggests Potential Middle-Ground WOTUS Policy For Biden EPA

Michael Regan is suggesting that, if the Senate confirms him as EPA administrator, he might consider an approach for defining Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction that takes elements of both the Obama and Trump administration’s competing policies in order to resolve legal uncertainty and address concerns from multiple stakeholders.

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House Democrats push EPA to tighten Trump-era coal ash proposal

A group of 38 lawmakers is urging the Biden EPA to rework a Trump-era proposal on coal ash reuse as a vehicle for more-stringent limits on the waste’s use as a fill material.

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Think Tank Sees Senate Barrier To Carbon Tax That Curbs EPA Rules

Senators could approve a carbon tax under streamlined budget reconciliation procedures, but it is not clear it can do so with language that would limit EPA’s regulatory authority for greenhouse gases, a condition that many industry supporters have attached to any carbon tax plan, according to a new paper from a free-market think tank.

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Warner presses EPA, FBI on cybersecurity after Florida water attack

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) is asking EPA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to provide updates on a cybersecurity attack earlier this month at a Florida water treatment plant.

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Capito Urges Quick EPA Release Of Determination For PFAS SDWA Rule

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), the top Republican on the environment committee, is urging the White House to release from review the Trump EPA’s final regulatory determination to begin the process to regulate two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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Echoing Hearing, Regan Vows To Bolster EPA’s Science, Equity Focus

Michael Regan, President Joe Biden’s nominee for EPA administrator, is vowing in written responses to Senate environment committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) to protect agency scientists from political interference and to make environmental justice (EJ) a cornerstone of EPA actions, echoing commitments from his confirmation hearing.

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Rep. Blunt-Rochester floats bill funding EPA grants to cut ports’ GHGs

The House bill comports with the Biden administration’s new focus on reducing air pollution and health risks for environmental justice communities historically subjected to high pollution levels.

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CWA Changes Could Bolster EPA Runoff Control But Legislation Unlikely

Amending the Clean Water Act (CWA) to give EPA more control over nonpoint source pollution could help close gaps in pollution control that would help to better protect drinking water supplies, but getting such legislation through Congress is almost impossible, according to two law professors with long-time ties to EPA.

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Democratic senators urge Biden to fund Chesapeake cleanup

Seven senators from Chesapeake Bay watershed states are urging the president to provide robust funding for bay restoration programs in his fiscal year 2022 budget proposal.

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EPA Jump-Starts Major HFC Regulation Using New Statutory Authority

The Biden EPA is taking the first step toward regulating climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under new Clean Air Act authority it received from a bipartisan law enacted late last year, floating a data notice to inform a pending rule setting production limits for the chemicals used in refrigeration and other sectors.

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