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Vilsack Sails To Confirmation Despite GOP Fear Of EVs Harming Biofuels

Agriculture Secretary-designate Tom Vilsack appears to be sailing toward Senate confirmation despite concerns from some Republicans that President Joe Biden’s push to deploy more electric vehicles (EVs) as part of his climate strategy will harm the market share for biofuels, an important commodity in the Midwest.

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Science Policy Vacatur Boosts Doubts On Using CRA To Undo EPA Rules

A federal district court’s vacatur of the Trump EPA’s controversial science transparency rule shortly after the Biden administration requested such a ruling is bolstering some observers’ doubts over the merits of using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to undo Trump-era rules given other options to achieve the same goal.

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Biden, Hill Democrats Face Hurdles Using CRA To Undo Trump EPA Rules

The Biden administration and Democrats in Congress face hurdles in using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to undo Trump EPA rules finalized in the last 60 days of the 116th Congress, sources say, including the law’s prohibition on agencies issuing future rules that are “substantially” similar to regulations scrapped with a CRA vote.

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Top House Democrats Urge WOTUS Repeal, DOJ Requests Lawsuit Delays

Two House Democratic panel chairs are urging President Joe Biden to “to immediately repeal” the Trump administration’s rule narrowly defining waters of the United States (WOTUS), while the administration is seeking months-long delays in a host of suits filed over the policy to give it time to review its position on the rule.

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Biden cancels last-minute Trump rescissions to EPA’s budget

President Joe Biden on Jan. 31 cancelled 11th-hour rescissions former President Donald Trump made to EPA and other agencies’ budgets.

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Carper names Dotson as chief counsel for Senate EPW

Greg Dotson, a former top House Democratic staffer involved with the Waxman-Markey climate cap-and-trade bill, will play a key role in Democrats’ agenda on the Senate environment panel.

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Municipal Water Utilities Launch Campaign For Federal Affordability Help

Municipally owned wastewater and drinking water utilities are urging the Biden administration and Congress to address a trio of interrelated concerns affecting water affordability and sustainability, launching a new campaign to press for permanent low-income customer assistance, increased EPA water infrastructure funding, and COVID-19 relief.

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Bipartisan Group Pushes Biden For Quick PFAS Rules But Also Readies Bill

A bipartisan group of 132 House lawmakers is urging President Joe Biden to take immediate steps to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) while also readying legislation on a range of additional items, part of a three-part strategy to tackle PFAS through legislation, policy-making and public education.

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Lawmakers renew push to codify EJ mapping bill to aid Biden’s goals

Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) are introducing an environmental justice (EJ) mapping bill that could help President Joe Biden achieve his goals on EJ, climate and clean energy.

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Environmental coalition urges quick action on climate ‘superpollutants’

The groups are calling for EPA and the Biden administration to take quick action on tackling climate “superpollutants,” including methane, hydrofluorocarbons and black carbon.

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