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House, Senate Democrats Launch Push To Reinstate Superfund Taxes

With backing from the Biden administration, key House and Senate Democrats are pushing legislation to reinstate the expired Superfund taxes on chemical and oil companies, arguing that the timing is “favorable” to advancing the measure now with Democratic control of Congress and the White House.

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Fearing Delays, Capito Presses Regan For Details On EPA PFAS Research

Senate environmental panel ranking Republican Shelley Moore Capito (WV) is pressing EPA Administrator Michael Regan for an update on the agency’s per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) efforts, fearing delays for key research programs and stressing what she says is a need to fill data gaps to support regulatory decisions.

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Senate Eyes Water Infrastructure Bill Floor Vote Despite CBO Legal Query

The Senate is expected to vote this week on a $30 billion bipartisan water infrastructure bill that could be a test for approval of President Joe Biden’s broader $2 billion infrastructure plan, but questions remain about an EPA loan program provision in the bill that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says is inconsistent with current law.

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House Democrats urge Biden to reconsider NWP 12

A group of 28 House Democrats wants the Biden administration to rethink the use of Clean Water Act general permits for oil and gas pipelines, raising specific concerns about a planned pipeline in Tennessee.

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House lawmakers eye potential talks over oil, gas well plugging bill

House Democrats and Republicans during an April 15 hearing signaled an openness to negotiating over legislation that would create a program to plug thousands of orphan oil and gas wells across the country.

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Senators Ask Treasury To Back Using Stimulus Funds For PFAS Mitigation

A bipartisan group of eight senators is urging Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to allow states and localities to use funds designated broadly for water and sewer infrastructure under the massive COVID-19 stimulus package toward mitigating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination, calling it a “critical need.”

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House Republicans back Senate GOP support of Trump WOTUS rule

In a House resolution, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) and 114 other GOP lawmakers are calling for preservation of the Trump-era rule defining waters of the United States (WOTUS).

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EPA will leave acting water, chemicals posts vacant during confirmation

Radhika Fox and Michal Freedhoff will remain top political officials in EPA’s water and chemical offices respectively while their nominations are pending, but will exercise no formal legal authority.

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House Panel Eyes Broad Climate ‘Justice’ Provisions For Infrastructure Bill

House Democrats are weighing a wide range of measures addressing climate impacts on minority and low-income neighborhoods in their upcoming infrastructure legislation, including measures to bolster waste cleanups, tighten coal ash disposal rules, reform permitting and strengthening enforcement of EPA rules, among other proposals.

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OIG finds EPA discouraged EtO risk communication to residents

EPA’s Office of Inspector General is dissatisfied with the agency’s efforts to improve communication about the health risks of ethylene oxide (EtO) to people living near facilities that use the solvent.

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