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Utility AEP Tells House Democrats That Ratepayers Fund UARG Dues

American Electric Power (AEP) is confirming to House Democrats that ratepayers foot the bill for its membership in the Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG), the long-time group that is losing members in the face of a House inquiry into its ties with EPA air chief Bill Wehrum, who represented the group when he served in private practice.

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IG blasts OMB for blocking glider truck investigation

The agency's inspector general says the White House budget office has been refusing to detail its process for reviewing the agency's controversial glider truck plan.

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Infrastructure meeting ‘constructive’ but policy issues emerge

Despite the apparent progress, significant skepticism remains that a big infrastructure deal can get done in the current Congress, especially given disagreements over environmental and climate provisions.

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House poised to debate bill blocking Trump's Paris withdrawal

The measure would block President Donald Trump's planned exit of the Paris Agreement and would require him to offer a plan for meeting the Obama administration's GHG target under the pact.

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Bipartisan Group Seeks PFAS Rule As Data Shows Contamination Expanding

As environmentalists prepare to release new data showing growing contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers has introduced legislation setting a two-year deadline for EPA to regulate the substance, though the bill leaves open key issues the agency would have to address.

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O'Rourke Plan Highlights Push To Make Climate Top-Tier Democratic Issue

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke's (D-TX) new climate change platform is highlighting the pressure on Democratic presidential candidates to prioritize the issue in the lead up to the 2020 elections, a dynamic that could elevate a debate that observers have long said is a prerequisite for major legislation but which could also split key party constituencies.

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State Water Regulators Urge Senate To Reject EPA’s FY20 Grant Cuts

State water regulators are urging Senate appropriators to reject EPA's proposed fiscal year 2020 cuts to grants aimed at helping states implement the Clean Water Act (CWA), saying maintaining or exceeding current funding levels would demonstrate a clear commitment to the collaborative federal-state relationship.

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Senators Seek Broad GAO Probe Of DOD's PFAS Liabilities, Policy Stance

The bipartisan leadership of the Senate governmental affairs committee is asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to open a probe into the environmental liabilities facing federal agencies such as the Defense Department (DOD) as they grapple with cleanup of the emerging contaminants per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Lawmakers Developing Proposals For Utility Sector Clean Energy Standard

Capitol Hill lawmakers are fleshing out proposals to create a clean energy standard (CES) for the utility sector that would reward a wide range of technologies that reduce greenhouse gases, including nuclear plants and carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, even as the route to enacting such a program remains murky.

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Senate Democrats launch environmental justice caucus

The effort is aimed at effort aimed at raising awareness of, and advancing legislation to address, the impact of pollution on low-income and minority communities.

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