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Democrats Tout Infrastructure Bill With Major Environment Provisions

House Democrats are formally introducing a sweeping $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that includes numerous environmental and clean energy provisions, including a mandate to factor greenhouse gas emissions into transportation planning, extend clean energy tax credits and study whether EPA data could be used to impose future carbon fees.

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DOJ defends decision to announced shelved auto GHG probe

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who has been pressing the department on the issue, says he is unsatisfied by the explanation and is pushing House lawmakers to raise the issue at a hearing this week.

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DOJ defends since-shelved auto GHG antitrust probe

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who has been pressing the department on the issue, says he is unsatisfied by the explanation and is pushing House lawmakers to raise the issue at a hearing this week.

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Sens. Thune, Shaheen float bill to accelerate RFS fuel approvals

The two pro-biofuels senators are pressing EPA to speed its approvals of advanced biofuels to qualify for credit under the renewable fuel standard.

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Senators Back New Federal Action To Aid Recycling But Specifics Hazy

Senators from both parties appear open to new federal action that would bolster recycling programs to combat a growing plastic-waste crisis, but what that action would look like remains unclear as neither side is embracing a Democratic bill to enforce “extended producer responsibility” (EPR) mandates for manufacturers.

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Amid Stimulus Push, Democrats Include Clean Energy In Infrastructure Bill

House Democrats are pledging to hold a floor vote this month on their long-planned infrastructure legislation including over $34 billion in clean energy investments, a move that might be responding to increasing outcry by the renewable energy industry that economic relief for the sector has been omitted from COVID-19 stimulus bills.

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House lawmakers introduce PFAS bill to prompt Army Corps action

The bipartisan bill would require the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure the identification and cleanup of perfluorinated chemicals at its facilities and help develop new detection and treatment technologies.

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House Democrats seek more data on EPA COVID-19 enforcement policy

A recent briefing from EPA enforcement staff raises concerns that the policy “unnecessarily undermines compliance with our nation’s public health and environmental laws,” the lawmakers say.

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Carper Seeks Timeline for PFAS Designation, Cites Apparent OMB Delay

Senate environment panel ranking member Tom Carper (D-DE) is pressing EPA to confirm whether the White House has stalled for months an agency plan to designate two key per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law, seeking a definitive timeline for issuing the finding.

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Senate Democrats Press EPA Over Concerns With Air, Climate Rollbacks

Senate Democrats are seeking answers from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to questions and concerns about a host of EPA regulatory rollbacks in air and climate policy, including particulate matter (PM) standards, interstate pollution transport, vehicle greenhouse gas standards, wood heater standards and other rules.

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