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Bipartisan House Bill Would Boost EPA Water Infrastructure Funding Levels

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has introduced legislation to boost authorized levels of EPA's clean water state revolving fund (SRF) to $4 billion annually, more than double its current appropriations, as well as authorize billions of dollars to address sewer overflows, fund states' Clean Water Act (CWA) implementation and augment existing sources of water.

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EPA vehicle GHG rule rollback spurs Senate EPW ‘federalism’ debate

Republican and Democratic senators are clashing over the meaning of EPA’s ‘co-operative federalism,’ using a rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards to make their competing claims.

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Senate Energy Panel Seeks To Spur 'Pragmatic' Climate Policy Discussions

A Senate energy committee hearing on the power sector and climate change -- billed as the chamber's first hearing to explicitly address the issue in five years -- focused largely on low-carbon technology and incentives to reduce carbon emissions, omitting some of the highly partisan fights over climate policy that have gained steam in recent months.

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Democrats Seek Inquiries After GAO Finds EPA Dropped IRIS Assessments

Democratic lawmakers are questioning EPA's decision to shrink its influential risk assessment program and seeking an ethics investigation into the top Trump research appointee's role, after Congress' watchdog raised questions about EPA's priority-setting process, which provided no explanation for a series of dropped assessments, including that of formaldehyde.

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Lawmakers put spotlight on PFAS

A bipartisan group of senators joins House lawmakers in calling for EPA to take aggressive steps to require cleanup of perfluorinated chemicals.

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EPA touts FY18 Superfund achievements

Among other things, EPA says it “deleted all or part of 22 sites from the NPL, the largest number of deletions in one year since 2005.”

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Senate panel advances OIRA chief’s nomination to D.C. Circuit

Despite attacks from the left over her role in EPA and other agencies’ deregulation, and concern from the right about her position on abortion, the Judiciary Committee advanced Neomi Rao along party lines.

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Democrats renew push for water infrastructure trust fund

House Democrats are highlighting the health risks posed by aging infrastructure and emerging contaminants as they reintroduce water infrastructure trust fund legislation.

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Republican Carbon Tax Backer Sees Green New Deal As Political Opening

One of the few House GOP backers of a carbon tax is praising the Green New Deal (GND) as opening up the political “space” for his party to embrace what he says are more reasonable policies to curb greenhouse gases, confirming fears by hard-line opponents of carbon controls who are attacking the GND to preclude such scenarios.

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Grassley, Paul offer bill for statutory E15 waiver

Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) float legislation that would provide a statutory backstop should EPA’s waiver efforts fail.

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