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Barrasso ramps up critique of EV tax credit

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the environment committee chairman reiterates his opposition to any effort that would “extend or expand” the credit for EV purchases.

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Senate Rejects Democrats’ CRA Effort To Scrap EPA ACE Climate Rule

The Senate on a bipartisan 41-53 vote has rejected Democrats’ attempt to scrap EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule and reinstate the stricter Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), though Democrats are warning that vulnerable Republicans might pay an electoral price by backing the weaker GHG rule.

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House panel’s revisions to scientific integrity bill win GOP support

Rep. Paul Tonko’s (D-NY) long-pending bill to codify Obama-era scientific integrity policies at EPA and elsewhere cleared a milestone Oct. 17 as Republicans largely dropped their opposition to its passage.

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House Democrat floats bill for federal report on ‘background’ ozone

The legislation would direct EPA and the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine to enter into an agreement with the agency to prepare a report probing the origins of background ozone.

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Former EPA chiefs McCarthy, Reilly urge approval of asbestos ban bill

Former EPA Administrators Gina McCarthy and William Reilly are urging Congress to approve Democrats’ bill to ban asbestos, fearing the Trump administration will not impose the prohibition otherwise.

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DOD IG opens probe into military’s PFAS use

The Pentagon’s Inspector General (IG) is launching a limited “evaluation” into the Defense Department’s (DOD) use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at military sites.

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Former EPA staff urge House investigation of threats to California

Almost 600 former EPA employees are urging multiple House panels to investigate the agency’s recent enforcement threats against California as a potential abuse of power.

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Trump signs law to aid lead service line replacement

The new law makes it easier for states to shift money between their clean water and drinking water revolving funds in order to assist communities in replacing lead drinking water pipes.

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Trump to nominate DOJ trial attorney as next EPA inspector general

If confirmed by the Senate, current Department of Justice criminal trial attorney Sean O’Donnell would fill the EPA inspector general vacancy created when former IG Arthur Elkins, Jr. left in October 2018.

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Feinstein, Harris seek new EPA IG probe of California dispute

California’s two Democratic senators want EPA’s inspector general to investigate any talks between the agency and White House prior to EPA citing the state for alleged water quality violations.

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