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Bodine Defends EPA Enforcement, Vows Staffing Boost To Maximum Level

EPA enforcement chief Susan Bodine is pushing back against critics who cite the agency’s drop in fines and other measures as proof that the Trump administration is limiting environmental law enforcement, saying the metrics fluctuate annually and that she is ramping up enforcement office staffing to reach its maximum authorized level.

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House approves bill reauthorizing EPA’s pesticide fee authority

A House procedural amendment to the pesticide fee bill requires another Senate vote on the measure before it can be sent to President Donald Trump for his signature.

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DeFazio Signals Bipartisan Infrastructure Funding Push With GHGs At Fore

House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) says he wants to craft bipartisan transportation infrastructure legislation, rather than a more progressive bill with only Democratic priorities, even though he will face pressure from environmentalists and others to include an explicit focus on greenhouse gas issues.

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Schumer plans bill to defund 'fake' White House climate panel

The planned White House panel to “counter” mainstream climate science is “the most conspicuous symptom of the disease of climate denialism that has infected the Republican Party,” the Senate's top Democrat argues.

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Governors urge appropriators to preserve states' oversight roles

Western governors are urging House appropriators to clarify states’ lead role in implementing air and water laws as states’ and the Trump administration have sparred over CWA 401 reviews.

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White House Plans To Seek 5 Percent Cut To EPA’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

A top White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) official says the Trump administration will seek a 5 percent cut to EPA’s overall budget and other non-defense discretionary spending in its upcoming fiscal year 2020 appropriations request, teeing up a fight with Congressional leaders who have balked at past attempts to cut those funds.

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Feinstein Draft Climate Resolution Seeks To Reinstate Obama GHG Efforts

A new draft climate change resolution by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), offered as an alternative to the more ambitious Green New Deal (GND), would largely reinstate a suite Obama-era greenhouse gas rules and policies that Trump officials are trying to roll back, including EPA’s Clean Power Plan utility GHG rule and passenger vehicle GHG limits.

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House panel schedules hearing on 'dismal' EPA enforcement numbers

The Feb. 26 hearing comes after EPA released fiscal year 2018 enforcement numbers showing a sharp drop in civil and criminal penalties.

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Carper Drops Objection On Wheeler's Nomination After EPA's Pledge On PFAS MCL

A top Senate Democrat is dropping one of several objections he had threatened to raise when the upper chamber considers Andrew Wheeler's nomination to be EPA chief later this month after the agency renewed its pledge that it “intends” to develop an enforceable drinking water standard for two of the most common perfluorinated substances.

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Carper Drops An Objection On Wheeler's Nomination After EPA's PFAS Pledge

A top Senate Democrat is dropping one of several objections he had threatened to raise when the upper chamber considers Andrew Wheeler's nomination to be EPA chief later this month after the agency renewed its pledge that it “intends” to develop an enforceable drinking water standard for two of the most common perfluorinated substances.

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