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Extended Shutdown Imperils EPA's Deregulatory Agenda, Worsens Morale

The ongoing, indefinite government shutdown threatens to stall EPA's deregulatory agenda by sidelining staff who were working on high-profile rollbacks of Obama-era regulations and preparing to defend those efforts in court, sources say, while worsening morale and deterring new hires by raising questions over job security at the agency.

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Senate Confirms Two EPA Nominees, But Waste Office Pick Stalls

The Senate unanimously confirmed President Donald Trump's nominees to lead EPA's toxics and international offices in the final hours of the 115th Congress, but his nominee to lead EPA's waste office remains stalled after Democrats reportedly sought a recorded vote.

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Re-Elected As Speaker, Pelosi Pledges Attention To 'Climate Crisis'

House Democrats have elected Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as speaker, paving the way for new attention to climate change and other environmental issues in the chamber, though they are unlikely to be able to enact major new legislative policies due to White House and Senate obstacles.

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Senate confirms pick for EPA international office

William McIntosh's nomination had been held up by Democrats' questions about work he was already doing in an interim role at the agency before winning Senate confirmation.

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Democrats require select panel to provide early advice on climate 'crisis'

As expected, the panel will lack legislative jurisdiction and subpoena power, but it can serve as a sounding board for policy ideas that could make it into legislation.

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Democrats' bid to end shutdown fails to win Trump support

The White House rejected Democrats' plan that would have level-funded EPA through the end of FY19.

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Navy IG Pursuing Limited Investigation Of Shipyard Cleanup Contractor

At the request of House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the Naval Inspector General (IG) is pursuing a limited investigation into the Navy's oversight of cleanup and testing work done by a contractor at a former California Navy shipyard, following criminal convictions of two supervisors who falsified radioactive soil sampling data there, according to documents obtained by Inside EPA.

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EPA Braces For Shutdown Following Imminent End To Funding Reserves

EPA is bracing for a shutdown of all operations except essential services following the imminent end to reserve funding that it has been using to stay open amid a partial government shutdown, and is preparing an “orderly” procedure to halting its work given the ongoing impasse over legislation to fund shuttered agencies.

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Democrats Query EPA Over TSCA Asbestos Assessment, Regulation Plans

As EPA prepares to release its draft assessment of asbestos under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), congressional Democrats, who are seeking to ban the substance, are querying the agency's plans to assess and regulate asbestos risks in the wake of media reports detailing the presence of asbestos in talcum powder.

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Grassroots Group Eyes Push To Revive Superfund's 'Polluter Pays' Taxes

A national grassroots citizens coalition is planning once again to push for reinstating long-expired Superfund 'polluter pays' taxes, seeking to press the Democratic-controlled House into action, but one industry source doubts such a measure will secure widespread backing.

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