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Carper Seeks HFC Bill Analysis Amid Major Splits On State Preemption

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the top Democrat on the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee, is pressing EPA to release an economic analysis he says shows billions of dollars in consumer benefits from bipartisan legislation to establish a 15-year phasedown of the potent greenhouse gas hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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DOD Says PFAS Cleanup Will Likely Top $3 Billion But Braces For More

The Defense Department (DOD) is estimating that its costs for cleaning up the two most studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) will be approximately $3 billion, an estimate that is 50 percent higher than its previous rough estimate, but the department expects that number to grow as it further investigates contamination.

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CFATS’ Future In Doubt As Lawmakers Scramble To Act Ahead Of Deadline

With the federal chemical security program’s power slated to expire next month, its future is in doubt as lawmakers are at an impasse over whether to eliminate and replace it with a voluntary effort that the Trump administration and some Senate Republicans favor, or temporarily extend it as House Democrats and some industry groups prefer.

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Democrats, Other Critics Blast CEQ Proposal To Limit NEPA Reviews

Democratic lawmakers, former EPA officials, a large coalition of environmental groups and states are urging the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to drop its plan to scale back how federal agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), renewing a series of sharp critiques in formal comments on the policy.

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Senators Press Benevento On EPA Policy Without Threatening Nomination

Senators at a March 11 confirmation hearing pressed Doug Benevento, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be EPA’s next deputy administrator, on a host of contentious EPA policies including the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and rule reviews but they did not make direct threats to hold up his nomination over the policy concerns.

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Backers Of HFC Phasedown Eye Next Steps Amid Energy Bill Stalemate

Backers of legislation authorizing EPA to phase down potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are not giving up efforts to move the measure through the Senate, even though a broader energy bill has derailed amid disagreements about whether to add the HFC restrictions as an amendment.

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McCollum Urges Funding Panel Allocation Boost For EPA Water Programs

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), chair of the appropriations subcommittee overseeing EPA, is urging her Rules Committee colleagues to boost the fiscal year 2021 allocation for her panel so that she can hike funding levels for key agency water programs including its state revolving funds (SRFs), regional water protection, and others.

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House Eyes Short-Term CFATS Renewal As Chances For Broad Bill Falters

With the window narrowing for Congress to reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program before it expires next month, a House panel is moving to extend the current authorization for another 18 months as broader legislation that seeks to strengthen the program has lagged.

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House science panel weighs bill seeking National Academies ozone study

The study would be due to Congress within two years and analyze the sources and extent of naturally occurring ‘background’ ozone that some industries blame for states failing to meet EPA ozone limits.

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Bipartisan House bill would create EPA water technology research program

Similar to existing defense and energy programs, the program would help fund high-risk, high-reward technologies to improve drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.

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