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Peter Wright edges closer to Senate confirmation vote

The Senate could vote as soon as July 9 on the nomination of the former Dow Co. lawyer to lead EPA’s waste office.

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Senate approves PFAS, CCS measures on defense bill

Passage of the bill sets up a likely showdown with the House, which is expected to adopt different stances on the PFAS and CCUS provisions included in the Senate bill.

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Senators urge EPA to project greater GHG cuts from ethanol

Pro-ethanol senators are calling on EPA to adopt Agriculture Department analysis showing the greenhouse gas reductions benefits of corn ethanol are larger than EPA has so far estimated.

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Many Observers Downplay Impact Of Wehrum’s Exit On EPA Agenda

Several industry and other observers are downplaying the implications of Bill Wehrum’s imminent departure from the helm of EPA’s air office on the Trump administration’s broader deregulatory agenda, given that numerous rollbacks of air toxics standards, air permitting and vehicle greenhouse gas limits are already underway.

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House Weighs Host Of PFAS Restrictions As Senate Limits Debate

House Democrats are floating a series of amendments to a pending defense bill that seek to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including one that would address PFAS under the Superfund law, setting up a potential clash with the Senate, where GOP leaders appear to be limiting debate on amendments.

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Labor-environmental group issues ambitious climate plan

The BlueGreen Alliance’s climate platform calls for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, along with advancing several clean energy options and worker protections.

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In Surprise, EPA Announces Departure Of Air Policy Chief Bill Wehrum

In an unexpected move, EPA has announced that air chief Bill Wehrum is departing at the end of this month, potentially raising questions about the progress of major air and climate rollbacks that EPA has been advancing under his watch.

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House Approves FY20 Limits On Trump EPA, Though Next Steps Unclear

House Democrats have approved fiscal year 2020 spending legislation for EPA and other agencies that includes numerous provisions blocking Trump administration environmental rollbacks, though it is far from clear whether the provisions will survive negotiations with the GOP-controlled Senate and the White House.

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Bipartisan House group urges restart of vehicle GHG talks

“There is a commonsense solution here that both parties can embrace, and that Washington and California can endorse,” the four House lawmakers write.

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Pallone vows to pressure EPA to strengthen PBT proposal

“These toxic chemicals pose serious risk to Americans’ lives and livelihoods, and therefore demand a much more serious response than the one EPA has offered,” the House energy committee chairman says.

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