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DNC Climate Panel Seeks To Boost Traction For Environment In Election

Members of the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) environment and climate panel are seeking to bolster the profile of climate change and environmental justice as part of the party’s virtual national convention, though the issue has not yet been featured in-depth at the event’s main stage.

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Election, Litigation Create Uncertainty For Fate Of EPA Methane Rollbacks

EPA’s final rollbacks of Obama-era oil and gas methane rules face numerous political and legal threats that create uncertainty over the fate of the deregulatory efforts, including vows of lawsuits and threats from lawmakers or a potential future Biden administration to reverse the rollbacks, according to legal experts and other observers.

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DOJ Seeks To ‘Modernize’ APA Central To Court Losses On EPA Rules

Trump officials at the Justice Department (DOJ) are urging Congress to “modernize” the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) that guides rulemaking efforts at EPA and other federal agencies, a law central to several court losses for the administration over EPA rollbacks that judges said fell short of APA requirements.

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IG, EPA remain at odds over congressional reporting

EPA’s Inspector General (IG) and Office of Water continue to disagree whether the agency is correctly reporting to Congress the implementation of a coastal recreational water quality program.

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Final Oil & Gas Methane Rollback Seeks To Raise Bar For Future Rules

EPA’s just-issued final rollback of oil and gas methane limits removes a key legal predicate for existing source emissions controls, while also seeking to create an administrative precedent that would raise the bar for issuing future more-stringent greenhouse gas regulations in multiple industrial sectors.

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House energy panel Republicans seek EPA info on COVID surveillance

The lawmakers say employing wastewater surveillance could help communities better understand as early as possible whether asymptomatic cases may be present while also helping save testing supplies.

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Congress Poised To Approve Long-Sought ‘Sustainable’ Chemistry Program

Lawmakers appear poised to approve long-sought legislation creating a federal “sustainable” chemistry program, four years after Congress declined to include the popular measure in TSCA-reform legislation due to concerns that it would delay the broader bill.

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Biden picks EJ ‘leader’ Harris as running mate

In recent weeks, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has been bolstering her positions on the environment, in particular floating major legislation to advance environmental justice goals.

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EPA primed to publish ‘MON’ ethylene oxide rule

The EtO rule is scheduled to be published in the Aug. 12 edition of the Federal Register, starting a 60-day clock for potential litigants to sue.

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ACC Touts ‘Responsible Care’ In Response To Environmental Justice Calls

The American Chemistry Council is touting its “Responsible Care” program in response to calls for environmental justice regulations amid growing social and racial unrest, returning to a voluntary initiative that has served the industry well for decades in avoiding mandatory controls.

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