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DOE defends budget cut to massive Hanford cleanup

Staff letters say DOE’s FY21 budget request falls $1.43 billion short of what is needed to comply with legally binding cleanup milestones.

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Environmentalists call for more ambitious House climate bill

Several environmental groups fault the draft bill from the House Energy & Commerce Committee for relying too heavily on natural gas, arguing it “represents a staggering failure of ambition and leadership.”

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Despite Pressure, Air Force Chief Declines Pledge To Use New PFAS Powers

Despite lawmakers’ pressure, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett earlier this month said the military is examining the use of recently enacted powers allowing the Defense Department (DOD) to take steps to aid agricultural operations harmed by its per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) releases but she stopped short of pledging to use those powers.

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Earthjustice eyes suit, Congress to block imminent MATS rollback

Environmentalists plan to sue EPA to block its rule and also back a Senate energy bill rider that would stop the rollback.

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AGs, Environmentalists Press Democrats For Floor Vote On Asbestos Ban

Democratic attorneys general (AG), scientists, environmental, labor and public health groups are urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other Democratic leaders to schedule a floor vote on a bill that would direct EPA to ban asbestos within a year.

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Wheeler denies need to send ‘all’ EPA vehicle rule input to OMB

“It’s inappropriate to send every comment to OMB because sometimes comments from different staff contradict each other,” the EPA administrator said, amid concerns the agency is suppressing critical comments.

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Amidst Utility Concern, EPA Faces Calls For PFAS Biosolids Standard

As rural and other water utilities increasingly worry that farmers will be unable to land-apply biosolids because of concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination, they and their supporters are pressing EPA to craft a safety standard and take other steps under the Clean Water Act (CWA) that will ameliorate their concerns.

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Top Democrat Queries EPA Over Effect Of Dropping TCE Cardiac Risk Study

A key House Democrat is questioning EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler over the regulatory impact of the administration’s decision to drop as the basis for its evaluation of trichloroethylene (TCE) studies showing in utero exposure can cause cardiac birth defects, asking whether this may allow the agency to avoid banning the chemical.

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Senate HFC Phaseout Sponsors Press For Consideration In Energy Bill

The two lead sponsors of a Senate bill giving EPA new authorities to phase out the potent greenhouse gases hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) are seeking a floor vote on the bill as part of pending energy legislation, and some sources indicate there may be a bid to block consideration of the broader energy bill if the HFC plan is blocked.

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Nine GOP senators urge Wheeler to appeal adverse RFS waivers ruling

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has until March 9 to decide whether to ask a federal appeals court to rehear a ruling scrapping several small refiner waivers under the renewable fuel standard.

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