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Senators’ Queries To EPA Highlight Lingering Division On Future Of RFS

Several senators on the Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) in recent questions to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler are highlighting lingering divisions among lawmakers over the future of the renewable fuel standard (RFS), including a deep divide between GOP senators over key aspects of biofuels regulations.

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Senate panel backs funding increases for DOD’s PFAS work

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved small funding boosts to further address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in next year’s Defense Department authorization bill.

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Environment Panel Senators Press Wheeler On High-Profile Water Issues

Members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) are pressing EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to explain how the agency is addressing a number of high-profile Clean Water Act (CWA) and Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) issues, including groundwater, state water quality reviews, perchlorate and perfluorinated chemicals.

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Industry Groups Eye Reauthorization Of Chemical Facility Security Program

Chemical industry groups and other sectors are looking to Congress to reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) chemical facility safety program before its looming July 23 expiration, although one industry source says it is unlikely that a reauthorization bill would include any proposed policy revisions to the program.

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Washington Democrats fault EPA Region 10 reopening process

The state’s Democratic delegation in Congress fears EPA Region 10, covering the Pacific Northwest, is reopening “without a clearly articulated plan to provide for worker safety.”

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Senate EPW Members Query EPA On COVID-19 Strategy, Reopening

Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) members are asking EPA a host of questions on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including details on its controversial office reopening plan, how the agency will factor virus risks and impacts into rules, and the pandemic’s impact on air monitoring networks.

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Sen. Shaheen floats bill to mandate PFAS blood testing, DOD task force

“The well-being of our service members is paramount . . . every effort should be made to track and safeguard their health” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) on introducing her bill.

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Democrats’ bill asks EPA to investigate COVID-environmental justice link

The House and Senate legislation would provide EPA with $50 million to specifically study how COVID-19 has impacted environmental justice communities.

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Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urges Trump to reject RFS waivers

A coalition of more than 40 Democratic and Republican House lawmakers from farm belt states is pushing back against oil industry requests for renewable fuel standard waivers due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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CEI defends CPSC nominee from environmentalists’ claims

“The reasons environmental activists are so up in arms is because [Nancy] Beck is willing to take courageous positions by applying science,” a senior fellow at the free-market groups says.

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