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House Panel Eyes Hearing To Launch Debate On EPA’s Post-Trump Future

A House subcommittee is planning a June 11 hearing to get input from former EPA administrators -- two Republicans and two Democrats -- on how to reform the agency following President Donald Trump’s policy rollbacks and budget cuts, launching Congress’ debate on burgeoning questions about the future of environmental protection.

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Bipartisan Senate Duo Eyes Legislation To Improve Rule Reviews, Input

The chairman and ranking member of a Senate governmental affairs committee panel are poised to introduce bills they say will make “surgical fixes” to the regulatory process by creating a test to ensure health and safety rules are effective via future retrospective reviews and providing more opportunity for early input on proposed measures.

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Republicans See Possibility Of Compromise On Bill Restricting Asbestos

Top House Republicans say they could agree to a compromise with Democrats on a bill to limit asbestos risks, though they say any deal will have to address concerns that a bill does not unduly limit production of chlorine used to treat drinking water and does not impose infeasible testing and other requirements on EPA.

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Democrats Grill Toxics Chief Over EPA's Narrowed TSCA Review Of Asbestos

House Democrats grilled EPA toxics chief Alexandra Dunn over the agency's narrow approach to addressing risks of asbestos, though Dunn declined comment on a pair of leaked internal memos regional staff wrote raising concerns about the agency's approaches and underscoring concerns raised by environmentalists and others.

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Democratic lawmakers float clean energy standard bill

The lawmakers say the standard in their bill would cut power sector carbon emissions by “nearly” 80 percent by 2035 carbon emissions by “nearly” 80 percent by 2035 compared to a 2005 baseline.

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Former Obama EPA Adviser Offers Blueprint for Post-2020 Climate Agenda

A new climate change policy blueprint from a top former Obama EPA official prioritizes a post-2020 push on cap-and-trade legislation for power plants and various industrial sectors over new Clean Air Act regulations, while recommending other administrative and legislative policies for an “ambitious but achievable” agenda.

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Former Obama EPA Adviser Offers Blueprint For Post-2020 Climate Agenda

A new climate change policy blueprint from a top former Obama EPA official prioritizes a post-2020 push on cap-and-trade legislation for power plants and various industrial sectors over new Clean Air Act regulations, while recommending other administrative and legislative policies for an “ambitious but achievable” agenda.

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Carper Blasts OIRA For Stonewalling EPA IG’s Glider Rule Oversight

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) is stepping up his criticism of the White House regulatory review office over its allegedly unprecedented step of refusing to cooperate with oversight requests from EPA’s Inspector General (IG), which is investigating the office’s role in agency efforts to roll back greenhouse gas limits on so-called glider trucks.

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NRDC urges NAFTA replacement to cite Paris climate deal

Any “modern” trade agreement that ignores climate change is a “non-starter,” according to NRDC, though it is highly unlikely the Trump administration would restart talks to address the issue.

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Senators’ Call For EPA IG Probe Signals More Trouble For Hunton, Wehrum

EPA air chief Bill Wehrum and his former law firm, Hunton Andrews Kurth, appear to be facing new problems with two Democratic senators intensifying their call for an agency inspector general (IG) ethics inquiry into Wehrum after written comments from Hunton were adopted verbatim in an EPA memo easing utility air permit requirements.

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