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Senate Environment Panel Approves Regan’s Nomination To Lead EPA

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) in a 14-6 vote has approved President Joe Biden’s nomination of North Carolina environment chief Michael Regan to be the next EPA administrator, while also renaming two key EPW panels to highlight Democrats’ focus on climate change and environmental justice.

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Tozzi Floats OIRA Overhaul For ‘Proactive’ Role Developing EPA Policies

Jim Tozzi, the first director of the White House Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) that reviews major EPA rules prior to their publication, is proposing that the Biden administration overhaul the office by increasing its staffing levels and giving OIRA a “proactive” role in helping agencies develop their policies.

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Environmentalists urge funding efforts to stem plastic pollution

Environmental groups are urging the Biden administration and Congress to back in upcoming spending or other legislation 13 measures aimed at reducing plastic pollution.

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Water Alliance’s COVID-19 Policy Goals Might Get Support From EPA’s Fox

The US Water Alliance is outlining more than 20 federal policy actions to help the water sector and the U.S. economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, some that have been endorsed by key senators and others tied to principles that acting EPA water chief Radhika Fox endorsed when she led the alliance and might support at the agency.

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Pro-Biofuels Senators Urge EPA To Reject RFS Compliance Exemptions

Democratic and GOP senators from biofuels-producing states are urging EPA to reject several dozen pending requests from refiners for renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers, citing a federal appeals court ruling they say justifies a strict threshold for granting such exemptions as they seek to defend the future of the RFS.

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Manchin joins Senate GOP in support for Trump WOTUS rule

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined the 50 Republican senators to approve a budget resolution amendment signaling support for the Trump administration’s definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS).

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Senate bill seeks to reduce estimates of biofuels’ GHGs

Lowering the estimated greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels could provide justification for EPA to take steps to promote increased biofuels consumption.

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Senate EPW adds three new Democrats, two Republicans

With agreement reached between Senate leaders on power-sharing, Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) will chair the Environment & Public Works Committee, joined by three new senators who have been added to the panel.

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Vilsack pledges support for RFS, biofuels if confirmed as USDA chief

Tom Vilsack, President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of agriculture, is offering support for biofuels that may counterbalance an expected Biden administration push to boost electric vehicles.

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House GOP announces leadership for T&I subcommittees

Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC) is the new ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s water resources and environment panel.

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