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Senate’s CRA Methane Vote Tees Up Question Of Interim EPA Guidance

The Senate is poised to approve a resolution that would overturn the Trump EPA’s repeal of oil and gas sector methane limits, teeing up questions about whether EPA must issue interim guidance to address the move even before it issues expected new rules governing the potent greenhouse gas.

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Shipping Experts Split Over Use Of Biofuels To Achieve Emissions Goals

A split is emerging among shipping industry experts in the United States and other countries over the best strategies for switching from the use of high-emitting fossil fuels to power ships in order to reduce their emissions of conventional air pollutants and greenhouse gases, with some analysts pushing back on the use of biofuels to achieve the cuts.

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Local governments, union press for massive DOE cleanup funding boost

Local governments and a metal trades union are urging Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and congressional members to back a one-time, massive infusion of cleanup funding for the department.

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SOCMA Seeks To Preserve Key Trump-Era TSCA ‘Wins’ Under Biden EPA

The specialty chemicals industry plans a broad lobbying push aimed at preserving Trump-era policy “wins” for the sector, with top priorities including EPA’s framework for chemical reviews, its TSCA fee structure and facility-safety mandates -- though a key official admits the effort will be an uphill battle.

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Despite Common Ground, House Hearing Underscores Infrastructure Battle

Divergent views at a recent House hearing illustrate the potential challenges that face Congress in attempting to pass comprehensive infrastructure legislation, even as Senate Republicans are pointing to unanimous committee approval of a bill bolstering funding for EPA’s water programs and pledging to find common ground on other types of infrastructure.

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Senators reintroduce bipartisan mercury monitoring bill

Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have reintroduced legislation to create a national mercury monitoring network, drawing praise from public health experts.

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House science leaders introduce bipartisan plastic waste bill

House science panel leaders are pushing a bipartisan bill to create a White House-led plastic waste reduction and recycling research and development program that will lead to standards for recycling technologies.

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Most See Congress As Crucial For Meeting Biden’s Ambitious GHG Target

President Joe Biden may have set ambitious new goals for reducing greenhouse gases, but few observers expect the United States to attain the targets without affirmative action from Congress, an uncertain prospect given stark partisan disagreements over climate policy, including energy-related tax and spending measures.

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GOP House bill would codify Trump WOTUS definition

The legislation is an effort to ensure that any future efforts by administrations to expand the definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS) must first be considered by Congress.

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At FY22 Hearing, Regan Vows Stakeholder Input For New WOTUS Policy

EPA Administrator Michael Regan told a House hearing on the agency’s fiscal year 2022 budget request that he is committed to convening talks with agricultural and environmental groups on crafting a new balanced Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction policy after years of legal battles over competing Obama and Trump-era definitions.

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