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GAO Highlights Trump Inaction on ‘Interim’ Carbon ‘Cost’ Estimates

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is faulting the Trump administration for lacking a plan to update its aggressively scaled-back social cost of carbon (SCC) estimates even though they are ostensibly labeled as “interim,” while also casting the Trump figures as out of step with many states and countries.

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Critics float arguments in suit over EPA’s HFC leak rules

States and environmentalists are challenging EPA’s decision to rescind 2016 leak repair mandates for equipment that uses hydrofluorocarbons, arguing the move is based on an “erroneous” legal interpretation.

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Trump Poised To Unveil Final Overhaul Of NEPA Implementing Rules

President Donald Trump later this week plans to unveil a final rule that makes a suite of controversial changes to how agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in an effort to speed permit reviews, with the president poised to tout the measure as a boost to the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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House Democrats Eye Plastic Sector’s Broader Environmental Impacts

House Democrats at a recent briefing on plastics’ environmental impacts focused on pollution from making the materials by offering support for a bill that would “pause” building new production facilities while EPA tightens pollution limits for the sector, broadening a debate that previously focused on waste disposal and recycling.

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Water utilities object to House’s proposed FY21 WIFIA changes

Groups representing drinking water and wastewater utilities say rescinding previously appropriated funds for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan program would cripple it.

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Amid Sparring Over EPA Policies, House Democrats Advance FY21 Bill

House Appropriations Committee Democrats are advancing their fiscal year 2021 spending bill for EPA after adding a new provision blocking the agency’s controversial science “transparency” rule and rejecting Republicans’ attempts to scrap existing provisions in the bill that block other Trump administration environmental policies.

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In FY21 Report, House Democrats Renew Concerns With EPA’s Agenda

Democratic appropriators in the House are reiterating and amplifying multiple concerns with EPA’s deregulatory efforts and resistance to Hill oversight, pressing the agency for action or information on numerous topics, including water contamination, toxic chemical risk assessment and agency enforcement.

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Senators Press For Federal Probe Into PFAS Exposure, COVID-19 Risks

More than a dozen senators are pressing federal health agencies to probe any links between exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and COVID-19 risks, including through an upcoming large, multi-site PFAS study that will examine drinking water exposure and a variety of health outcomes.

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Energy Unions Urge Democrats To Add ‘Transition Fee’ To Climate Bill

Seven heavy-industry trade unions are urging House Democrats drafting ambitious climate change legislation to consider imposing an “energy transition fee,” such as a wires charge on electricity users or a fee on energy production, to provide the revenue stream they say is needed to help displaced workers and to promote carbon-sequestration research.

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Former Officials, Lawmakers Back Suit To Protect State Auto GHG Rules

A bipartisan group of former EPA chiefs and Transportation secretaries, as well as scores of Democratic lawmakers, electric utilities and other groups, are weighing in against the Trump administration’s rule preempting state vehicle greenhouse gas programs, arguing that the move is both illegal and harmful to the public.

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