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House climate committee seeks input on broad range of policies

The panel is aiming to submit draft policy recommendations to relevant standing committees by March, with a final report slated for the following December.

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Despite GOP Calls, EPA Delays IRIS Handbook Amid Fight Over TSCA Method

Despite calls from GOP lawmakers and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), EPA appears to have buried the handbook describing how its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program conducts its risk analyses as officials in the research and toxics offices battle over a key assessment method and a system for characterizing non-cancer risks.

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House coalition pushes for PFAS measures

The bipartisan group is calling on House and Senate defense bill conferees to back a host of measures to advance numerous, and sometimes controversial, policies dealing with perfluorinated chemicals.

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CAP touts ‘direct’ infrastructure spending to cut GHGs

“It is urgent that Congress pursue all avenues to reduce carbon pollution and address climate change, including through direct federal spending,” the Democratic-leaning group says in a new report.

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Industry Battle Brews Over Calls For Narrow PFAS Liability Waivers

Chemical manufacturers and other industrial waste generators are signaling they plan to fight efforts by water utilities, airport operators and other groups that are seeking narrow, sector-specific waivers from cleanup liability should policymakers list per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law.

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2020 Democrats’ Climate Change Plans Poised For Heightened Scrutiny

Sweeping climate change policy proposals from top Democratic presidential contenders are scheduled for hours of televised scrutiny Sept. 4, as a rare prime-time event focusing exclusively on climate is underscoring how the topic is garnering increased attention so far in the 2020 campaign.

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Democrats query EPA’s approval of antibiotics on citrus

The lawmakers cite a CDC report submitted to EPA in 2018 that found that spraying antibiotics on citrus trees “could contribute significantly to the development of drug-resistant bacteria.”

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Harris 2020 climate plan said to focus on EJ, enforcement

Most of Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-CA) Democratic presidential primary rivals have announced sweeping climate policy platforms.

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EPA Plan Would Prevent Methane Limits For Existing Oil & Gas Sources

EPA’s just-issued proposal to scuttle Obama-era methane controls for new and modified oil and gas facilities argues that such standards are “redundant” because existing limits on volatile organic compounds (VOCs), an ozone precursor, also have the indirect effect of limiting methane.

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As EWG Details Industry’s PFAS Findings, DuPont Fortifies Cleanup Pledges

Environmentalists have compiled a suite of documents that could bolster a House Democrat’s suggestion that chemical companies continued to produce and sell per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances’ (PFAS) despite knowing the health risks just as one of those companies, DuPont, is strengthening its pledge to remediate any contamination and curb risks.

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