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EPA Groups Take Initial Steps To Bolster Recycling But Face Challenges

A wide-ranging group of stakeholders convened by EPA is moving ahead on initial steps to promote recycling and strengthen materials management infrastructure and secondary materials markets, even as they debate differences over how best to bolster the recycling system in light of major market impacts from China’s import restrictions.

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Returning Congress Expected To Weigh EPA Efforts On Municipal Recycling

When lawmakers return from their August recess, they appear likely to consider EPA efforts to bolster municipal recycling amid concerns over the impacts of China’s import restrictions on recyclable materials and calls from nearly four dozen House Democrats who are pressing EPA to develop a national strategy to aid domestic recycling programs.

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White House Objects To Senate’s Bipartisan PFAS Provisions

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is “strongly” objecting to numerous provisions in Senate-passed defense legislation that would require EPA to craft a series of new drinking water, toxics and reporting rules for perfluorinated chemicals and mandate that the Defense Department (DOD) mitigate its past use of the chemicals.

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Medical device makers press lawmakers to drop PFAS measures

The group says House amendments designating PFAS as “hazardous” would undermine development of life-saving medical devices which have been approved by the FDA.

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Trump Escalates War Over California Auto Deal With EPA Warning, DOJ Probe

The Trump administration is escalating its war over California’s voluntary agreement with four automakers regarding vehicle greenhouse gas standards, launching a Justice Department (DOJ) probe into whether the automakers are violating federal antitrust laws and issuing an EPA warning that the deal is illegal and must be withdrawn.

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House panel schedules oversight hearing on Trump’s CWA policies

EPA water chief David Ross is scheduled to testify at a Sept. 18 Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on the Trump administration’s Clean Water Act policy initiatives.

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House climate committee seeks input on broad range of policies

The panel is aiming to submit draft policy recommendations to relevant standing committees by March, with a final report slated for the following December.

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Despite GOP Calls, EPA Delays IRIS Handbook Amid Fight Over TSCA Method

Despite calls from GOP lawmakers and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), EPA appears to have buried the handbook describing how its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program conducts its risk analyses as officials in the research and toxics offices battle over a key assessment method and a system for characterizing non-cancer risks.

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House coalition pushes for PFAS measures

The bipartisan group is calling on House and Senate defense bill conferees to back a host of measures to advance numerous, and sometimes controversial, policies dealing with perfluorinated chemicals.

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CAP touts ‘direct’ infrastructure spending to cut GHGs

“It is urgent that Congress pursue all avenues to reduce carbon pollution and address climate change, including through direct federal spending,” the Democratic-leaning group says in a new report.

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