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Senate approves CFATS reauthorization, House poised to follow

The Senate’s effort reauthorizes the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, due to expire July 13, for another three years without making any policy changes to the program.

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House Panel Approves Measure Forcing DOD To Meet State PFAS Limits

The House Armed Services Committee has passed legislation that would set several new requirements for how the Defense Department (DOD) addresses per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including a measure to force it to comply with state drinking water and groundwater requirements unless they are weaker than any federal level.

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EPW Senators Push Infrastructure Bill With Climate Resiliency Provisions

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee are urging other Senate committees to help advance EPW’s sweeping transportation infrastructure funding bill that includes first-time major resilience provisions to combat climate change.

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House Democrats question Wheeler on Great Lakes enforcement

A group of 23 House Democrats says EPA is cutting enforcement resources in the Great Lakes region, citing an April report that found lower spending and higher noncompliance rates in the area.

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Democrats Unveil Wide-Ranging Climate Plan With Major EPA, EJ Focus

House Democrats have unveiled a long-awaited series of climate policy proposals that combine long-term decarbonization goals with hundreds of specific measures to enable them, including a key focus on environmental justice (EJ), investments in infrastructure and climate resilience, and a range of new EPA responsibilities.

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New WIFIA Criteria Allow Release Of FY20 Funds But Questions Remain

The Trump administration has developed new criteria to evaluate the award of loans and loan guarantees under an EPA water infrastructure program, responding to Congress’ mandate to address a budget scoring concern that could limit the use of such funds -- but it remains unclear whether the criteria will make it easier for utilities to obtain the funds.

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Ewire: House climate panel poised to release policy proposals

In today’s Ewire: The committee will unveil its long-awaited policy proposals June 30, while environmentalists are already unveiling political messaging focused on investing in clean energy jobs.

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Shaheen Seeks PFAS Amendment Triggering DOD Cleanups, Cost Recovery

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is seeking to insert in the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill a provision to allow communities near military facilities to recoup cleanup costs for two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and give the Defense Department (DOD) the ability to pursue recovery of remediation costs from industrial parties.

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Ernst Blocks Benevento Nomination For EPA Deputy Chief Over RFS Fears

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) is blocking President Donald Trump’s nomination of Doug Benevento to be EPA deputy administrator over concerns that the agency is considering granting dozens of renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers to biofuel production mandates, making it impossible for the nomination to move forward.

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House Democrats Call On EPA To Halt, Reevaluate PM NAAQS Review

Updated at 4:50 p.m. EST - House Democrats are calling on EPA to halt its pending rulemaking that would retain the agency’s existing suite of particulate matter (PM) ambient air limits, urging EPA to instead reevaluate the decision following the recommendations of former agency science advisers who support tougher PM limits to adequately protect public health.

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