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Senate confirms O’Donnell as EPA’s inspector general

The vote came after the former Justice Department trial attorney pledged to maintain the integrity of internal investigations at the agency.

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After PFAS Delay, House Panel Eyes Broader SDWA Reform In 2020

House environment subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-NY) is telegraphing plans to pursue in 2020 broad “reform” of the Safe Drinking Water (SDWA), citing EPA’s failure to set standards under the law for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and other contaminants since the law was last reformed in 1996.

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Over 30 senators backing new EPA rules on HFCs

Growing Senate support for the bill raises the question about whether Congress can shift the Trump administration’s lukewarm stance on HFC policy.

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DeFazio blasts EPA over lack of CWA rule data

EPA is claiming a “deliberative process privilege” to withhold the information, but the committee chairman says this “argument does not apply to Congress in its oversight and legislative roles.”

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Booker floats Senate bill to eliminate large CAFOs by 2040

Senator Cory Booker’s bill would suspend construction of major concentrated animal feeding operations, and ultimately force existing facilities to either shrink or shut down.

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Facing Doubts, EPA Eyes Budget To Boost Alternative Testing ‘Moonshot’

EPA’s research chief is looking to the agency’s pending appropriations for fiscal year 2020 to bolster Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s “moonshot” directive to eliminate EPA’s use of animal testing by 2035 and develop a host of new alternate chemical test methods (NAM) in the face of doubts that the agency is providing sufficient funds to the effort.

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Senate panel approves Chesapeake Bay funding

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted unanimously to reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Program at $90 million per year, following similar action from a House panel in September.

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Plan To Cut GHGs From Public Lands Marks Early Plank Of Climate Bill

House Natural Resources Committee Democrats have floated a bill that would direct the Interior Department (DOI) to achieve “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions from public lands by 2040 and detailing leasing pauses and other strategies for doing so, part of the panel’s early contribution to the majority’s emerging climate legislation.

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EPA Wins $200 Million Boost In Lawmakers’ FY20 Spending ‘Minibus’

House and Senate lawmakers have released consensus spending bills for the remainder of fiscal year 2020 that would raise EPA’s annual budget to $9 billion, an increase of $207 million over FY19 levels, according to a summary released by Senate Democrats.

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DOE Oil Group Seeks Carbon Price, Tax Credits To Adopt CCUS ‘At Scale’

A group that advises the Energy Department (DOE) on petroleum policy, including companies across all facets of the oil sector, is for the first time calling for an eventual carbon price and a suite of other federal policies to deploy carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) technologies “at scale."

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