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Top House Democrats press Wheeler to prod staff cooperation with IG

“The OIG must remain unencumbered in its ability to conduct independent investigations,” write the chairs of the House Science, Energy & Commerce and Oversight committees.

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Carper Steps Up Push To Strengthen PFAS Rules After Congress’ Failure

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the top Democrat on the Senate environment committee, is stepping up his efforts to get legislative measures passed this year to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under drinking water and Superfund laws after lawmakers were unable to secure a deal on the measures in defense legislation.

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IG Blasts EPA’s ‘Recklessness’ In Bid To Block Probe Of Staff Chief

EPA’s acting Inspector General (IG) Charles Sheehan is blasting “recklessness” by top agency officials in justifying Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson’s refusal to cooperate with an IG investigation, arguing that stance guts statutory requirements for agencies to provide information as part of such inquiries.

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After NDAA Failure, House Democrats Vow 2020 Floor Vote On PFAS Bill

After failing to secure significant regulatory provisions addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the pending fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), top House Democrats are pledging to bring to the floor early next year a comprehensive, stand-alone measure addressing the chemicals.

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EPA sends final 2020 RFS rule for OMB review

The agency is aiming to issue this month its final rule combining the 2020 renewable fuel standard (RFS) production goals with a supplemental proposal to compensate biofuels makers for RFS waivers.

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Groups Urge Lawmakers To Reconsider Defense Bill’s PFAS Provisions

Two environmental groups are urging lawmakers to revisit a decision to significantly scale back provisions governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the pending fiscal year 2020 defense bill, pointing to bipartisan support for the water and waste measures when some of them passed as part of either the House or Senate bills.

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House Democrats Weigh Federalism Framework For Broad GHG Cuts

Top House Democrats are exploring a policy framework for achieving deep greenhouse gas cuts across the economy under which the federal government sets an enforceable goal for emission reductions while giving states discretion on how to reach that goal.

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Lawmakers Scale Back PFAS Provisions As Defense Bill Deadline Nears

Amid partisan finger-pointing, lawmakers negotiating the fiscal year 2020 defense bill have significantly scaled back provisions governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), dropping a series of measures under a host of environmental laws that would have set firm deadlines and pathways for when and how EPA takes action.

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EIP Sees Steep State Environment Cuts, Undermining ‘Cooperative’ Effort

Environmentalists have unveiled new findings showing steep staff and funding cuts to environmental agencies in most states over the past decade, arguing this undermines Trump EPA claims that the agency’s own resource limits are not degrading environmental protection but rather shifting responsibility to the states.

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EPA Floats Draft PFAS Drinking Water Decision But Deadline Slips

EPA has floated to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its proposed threshold decision on whether to craft drinking water cleanup standards for two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and three other substances but a top official says given the length of such reviews, EPA’s deadline for releasing the draft decision will likely slip into 2020.

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