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New Mexico, Hill Republicans Pan EPA Oil & Gas Methane Rule Rollback

EPA is facing strong criticism of its proposal to rescind direct methane limits for oil and gas operations from New Mexico, the country’s third-largest oil producer that is home to part of the Permian basin, as well as two congressional Republicans including one House member who has been a die-hard supporter of President Donald Trump.

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Inhofe floats ‘skinny’ defense bill without PFAS measures

The bill is intended as a backup in the event lawmakers cannot agree on border wall funds but a group of House lawmakers say they have the votes to block any bill if it does not include PFAS provisions.

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GAO urges permitting council to improve NEPA review guidelines

A federal permitting council is charged with outlining “performance schedules” for agencies’ NEPA reviews, but the Government Accountability Office says the council has not followed key best practices when crafting the guidelines.

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Hospital groups urged stepped up Hill action on climate

A group of 19 health systems is meeting with Capitol Hill lawmakers and staff to urge support for shifting to a clean energy economy and achieving “climate ready” hospitals.

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House GOP Departures, Democratic Divisions Could Stymie RFS Reform

Years-long efforts by House lawmakers to reach a bipartisan deal on reforming EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) face fresh hurdles in coming months, with several key GOP lawmakers heavily involved in reform efforts leaving Congress and new divisions emerging within the Democratic caucus that might stymie reaching a deal.

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House Hearing Showcases Early Pushback To Trump-Aligned Automakers

A House hearing on the Trump administration’s rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas controls is showcasing early political pushback against several major automakers that are supporting the Trump administration’s attack on California’s regulations, with critics seeking to paint the companies as short-sighted foes of clean vehicles.

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House Panel Approves Boost To Clean Water SRF, Extended Permit Terms

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved by voice vote bipartisan legislation to almost double current spending levels for EPA’s clean water state revolving fund (SRF) by 2025 as well as allow states the flexibility to extend the terms of some Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permits from five to 10 years.

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CCUS Measure May Hang In Balance Amid Broader Defense Bill Dispute

Bipartisan legislation that has cleared the Senate to encourage a suite of carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) technologies might hang in the balance of contentious ongoing conference negotiations over a broader defense policy bill to which the CCUS policy is attached.

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Senate Republicans float bill to ease NSR permitting

A new Senate GOP bill aims to ease NSR permitting for industry, but seems unlikely to secure passage through Congress.

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Energy committee’s Walden to retire from House

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) could have remained as the top Republican on the House Energy & Commerce Committee for another two-year term but opted to retire anyway.

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