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EPA Touts Enforcement Deference Policy But Also Eyes State ‘Assists’

A year after issuing interim guidance that mandates “deference” to states in environmental enforcement, top EPA officials are touting the Trump administration’s success in shifting enforcement action to the states, though they are weighing changes to the guidance even as Democrats and environmentalists continue to attack the strategy.

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House GOP taps Graves for select climate panel

Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) has acknowledged the need to adapt to rising sea levels, but generally opposes policies to reduce greenhouse gases.

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Lawmakers, environmentalists seek hearing on EtO analysis

“It is not proper for EPA to be requesting comment on, or considering any change in use of the health risk factor for EtO” in a proposed rule focused on the hydrochloric acid sector, environmentalists say.

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Quoted: Reaction to Andrew Wheeler's confirmation

Environmentalist critics of the Trump administration blasted Wheeler's confirmation, while industry groups largely said he would offer them more regulatory certainty.

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Senate GOP Confirms Wheeler As EPA Chief, Amid Democrats' Attacks

Senate Republicans have voted to confirm Andrew Wheeler to be the Trump EPA's second permanent administrator, after the chamber's Democrats uniformly rejected the nomination while slamming the agency’s rollbacks of climate and other regulations.

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Republicans Mix Sharp 'Green' Deal Attacks With Modest GHG Proposals

Capitol Hill Republicans and conservative groups are redoubling attacks on the Green New Deal (GND) climate resolution -- including claims that the plan has astronomical costs -- while simultaneously touting bipartisan legislation on carbon capture technology as proof they support incremental steps to address greenhouse gases.

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EPA claims E15 waiver on track for March despite Perdue’s doubts

EPA says it is on schedule for issuing a year-round 15 percent ethanol fuel waiver in March despite doubts about the timing from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

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Escalating Controversy, McCollum Seeks EPA Region 5 Permit Comments

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), chair of the appropriations subcommittee that oversees EPA’s budget, is urging the agency to release Region 5 staffers’ comments criticizing a Minnesota mine permit that political leaders allegedly suppressed, escalating a controversy that has already prompted calls for an Inspector General (IG) review.

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Wheeler’s nomination clears key hurdle

Senate Republicans voted 52-46 to invoke cloture on acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler’s nomination to head the agency permanently, clearing the path for a final floor vote over Democrats’ objections.

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Policymakers Back Long-Term CFATS Reform But Split On Rule Flexibility

Democratic and Republican lawmakers, along with Trump administration officials, agreed during a Feb. 27 hearing on the need for a long-term reauthorization of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) chemical facility safety program but lawmakers appeared divided on whether to provide additional regulatory flexibility to industrial facilities.

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