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House Democrats target Trump CWA policies at T&I hearing

Ahead of a Sept. 18 oversight hearing, Democratic leaders of a key House committee are highlighting the Trump administration’s efforts to “radically alter the effectiveness of the Clean Water Act.”

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House Democrats probe EPA’s expert adviser ‘pool’ for NAAQS reviews

House Democrats are pressing their investigation of EPA’s treatment of science, questioning the agency over its selection of an air expert pool to assist with federal air standards reviews.

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Senators plan new bipartisan climate caucus

Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), who is poised to launch the caucus with Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) in the coming weeks, argues climate change should be a “bridge issue” between the two parties.

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DOD Braces For Increase In PFAS Site Universe, Cleanup Cost Estimates

As Congress weighs legislation requiring that the Defense Department (DOD) and other liable parties address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), Pentagon officials say they expect the number of contaminated sites and associated cleanup costs to increase beyond past estimates, further boosting DOD’s total cleanup liability.

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Conferees Eye House Measure Curbing DOE Bid To Ease Nuclear Cleanups

As lawmakers prepare to resolve differences in their pending defense bills, they will have to consider an amendment attached to the House version of the bill that would limit the Energy Department’s (DOE) effort to reclassify “high-level radioactive waste” (HLW) and ease associated waste disposal options.

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House panel clears clean energy research bills

The legislation would boost funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), while also creating a new Energy Department program focused on reducing industrial sector carbon emissions.

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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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