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Bipartisan House group seeks biofuels aid in COVID-19 bill

A group of 31 House Democratic and GOP members of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus is urging inclusion of direct payments to ethanol producers in any new COVID-19 economic relief bill.

 

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In PFAS Suit, DOD Defends NEPA Categorical Exclusion For Incineration

The Defense Department (DOD) is defending its decision to use a categorical exclusion from environmental review requirements for a contract to dispose of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) through incineration, disputing environmentalists’ lawsuit citing extra-record material and trying to apply defense law limits on such burning.

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Democrats demand reports on NEPA executive order

Nearly five dozen Hill Democrats are pressing the White House to release agencies’ reports about which projects they will attempt to advance under President Donald Trump’s controversial June 4 order.

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Harris, AOC introduce ‘Climate Equity Act’

Among other provisions, the bill would require legislation to receive an equity “score” modeled on budget assessments for bills prepared by the Congressional Budget Office.

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Harris, Other Senators Float Sweeping EJ Bill Aligning With Biden Plan

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and a dozen other Senate Democrats are floating companion legislation with multiple environmental justice (EJ) provisions that aligns with a prior House proposal and the environmental platform of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

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GAO recommends Congress establish climate relocation pilot program

The Government Accountability Office is urging Congress to create a pilot program for communities most at risk from sea level rise to relocate as a climate resilience measure.

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NACWA seeks $4 billion funding assistance in COVID-19 bill

The wastewater utility group says at least $4 billion in emergency federal assistance as part of Congress’ next coronavirus response bill is necessary to address the needs of low-income customers.

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Industry groups urge Senate EPW to back Benevento’s EPA nomination

A coalition of 59 industry organizations backing Doug Benevento to be deputy EPA chief says it shares his “commitment to ensuring that our nation creates a cleaner, safer and more prosperous economy.”

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House Lawmaker Weighs Prospects For Broad PFAS Regulatory Measure

A key House lawmaker backing a measure to force EPA to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) through various environmental laws is arguing the fight over the provision is not over despite its recent exclusion from a House defense bill, saying the measure is likely to reappear -- particularly if Joe Biden is elected president.

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Senators Seek GAO Methane Study As Rollback Rule Slips Into August

Three Democratic senators and independent Sen. Angus King (ME) are seeking a “comprehensive” Government Accountability Office (GAO) review of oil and gas methane emissions, potentially aiming to build pressure for an eventual reversal of EPA’s methane air rule rollback that has slipped into August.

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