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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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Senate confirms Kan as OMB deputy director

Derek Kan had been serving as OMB’s executive associate director, and was the Transportation Department’s policy chief when it worked with EPA on a rollback of Obama-era vehicle standards.

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AOC’s bid to block Corps oil and gas CWA permit fails

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) floated an unsuccessful fiscal year 2021 appropriations bill amendment to bar issuance of a key dredge-and-fill permit necessary for certain oil and gas pipelines.

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Eyeing Biden Victory, Environmentalists Seek Swift Action On Climate Plan

Environmentalists are eyeing a potential victory by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the November election and if that happens will push his EPA to aggressively pursue new climate change rules, while also working quickly to undo Trump administration environmental rollbacks through aggressive administration actions.

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Trump EPA Critics Say Biden Victory May Spur Hill Bid To Undo Rollbacks

Environmentalists and other critics of Trump EPA rollbacks say a victory by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the November election might spur a swift bid in Congress to undo deregulatory measures shortly after the former vice president’s inauguration if Democrats also take control of the Senate.

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House, Senate Democrats’ bills seek new EPA air toxics monitoring rules

Both the upper and lower chamber’s measures would require new EPA mandates for greater “fenceline” monitoring of air toxics including ethylene oxide, chloroprene, and formaldehyde.

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Hearing Tees Up House Democrats’ SDWA, PFAS Post-Election Priorities

House Democrats used a recent hearing to tee up early signals of the post-election policy priorities they will push on overhauling the Safe Drinking Water Act’s (SDWA) standard-setting process and seeking interim drinking water regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though GOP lawmakers are urging restraint.

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GOP Derides Democrats’ Climate Plans As Reliant On ‘California Model’

A key House Republican is charging that Democrats’ recent policy proposals from the House select climate committee are reliant on a “California model” that would boost energy costs, with GOP lawmakers touting nuclear energy and natural gas exports as alternatives.

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