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Clean energy supporters urge lame duck Congress to advance incentives

A variety of clean energy and environmental groups are urging lawmakers to adopt tax breaks for various low-carbon technologies in must-pass legislation, while carbon capture proponents are pitching separate measures.

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GOP-Led Senate May Complicate Biden’s Choice For EPA Administrator

The chances that Republicans will retain control of the Senate next year may complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for EPA administrator, especially given concerns from some that the most-discussed potential nominee, California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chairwoman Mary Nichols, could face difficulties winning confirmation.

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CAP’s Ambitious Stormwater Funding Recommendations Face Uncertainty

The progressive Center for American Progress (CAP) think tank is urging Congress to massively increase funding for EPA and other federal programs targeted at reducing pollution from stormwater runoff that have strong bipartisan support but which face uncertain prospects in a likely divided Congress with competing budget priorities.

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Democrats Crafting Plans To Enact PFAS Legislation Next Year, Dingell Says

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), the lead sponsor of legislation to require EPA to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), expects the House will prioritize passage of comprehensive PFAS legislation in the upcoming Congress, mirroring efforts from earlier this year, with high-ranking Democrats in both chambers already strategizing on plans.

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EPA reiterates opposition to IG’s CWA reporting recommendations

The agency is continuing to oppose recommendations from its Inspector General (IG) on how to respond to Clean Water Act requirements for certain reports to Congress.

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Rep. Burgess Sees Energy Panel As Path To Renewed GOP House Majority

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), who is running to lead Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee next year, says he intends to eventually chair the powerful committee, arguing issues under its jurisdiction such as hydraulic fracturing and restoring the economy will be central for the GOP regaining control of the chamber in 2022.

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Senate Floats Flat EPA Funding For Rest Of FY21 In Bid For House Talks

Senate appropriators are floating draft fiscal year 2021 spending legislation that would give EPA essentially flat funding of $9.085 billion, setting up potential negotiations with House lawmakers ahead of next month’s expiration of spending authority for multiple federal agencies.

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House committee leaders order EPA, White House to preserve records

Pointing to the upcoming transition to the Biden administration, House committee leaders are directing EPA and other federal agencies to preserve all records potentially responsive to congressional inquiries.

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WRI Floats Ambitious 2030 GHG Target For Rejoining Paris Climate Deal

The incoming Biden administration should embrace a target of cutting greenhouse gases 45 to 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 when it rejoins the Paris Agreement on climate change next year, according to the World Resources Institute (WRI), which adds that such a goal is achievable even with a divided Congress.

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Chamber Touts Senate Highway, Climate Plan In Call For Bipartisan Action

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is urging the incoming Biden administration and Congress to work on bipartisan proposals in a push the group says defies conventional wisdom that major legislation cannot get passed next year, citing a Senate plan for highway upgrades and climate resiliency investments as an example for renewed collaboration.

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