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Lawmakers renew push to codify EJ mapping bill to aid Biden’s goals

Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) are introducing an environmental justice (EJ) mapping bill that could help President Joe Biden achieve his goals on EJ, climate and clean energy.

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Environmental coalition urges quick action on climate ‘superpollutants’

The groups are calling for EPA and the Biden administration to take quick action on tackling climate “superpollutants,” including methane, hydrofluorocarbons and black carbon.

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Environmentalists Eye EPA Reversals On Coal Ash, Equity Under Regan

Michael Regan, the North Carolina environment chief nominated to become the next EPA administrator, is slated for a Feb. 6 confirmation hearing before the Senate’s environment committee, and environmentalists hope he will lead quick reversals on a score of Trump-era policies while also boosting the agency’s funding and morale.

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GOP senators urge preservation of Trump WOTUS rule

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and 25 other Republican senators are backing a resolution saying the Trump administration’s definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS) should not be withdrawn or vacated.

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Lawmakers ready climate ‘emergency’ resolution

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) says he will soon reintroduce a resolution urging Biden to declare a climate “emergency,” which would unlock unilateral powers to address the issue.

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California Equity Groups Oppose DTSC Official For EPA OLEM Director

More than two dozen California environmental justice (EJ) groups are urging Michael Regan, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be EPA administrator, to reject consideration of California toxics department official Grant Cope to lead EPA’s Office of Land and Management (OLEM), citing equity concerns.

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Idaho lawmakers seek to split 9th Circuit in two, add judge

Idaho’s senators and representatives have introduced legislation to split the largest federal appeals court in two and add a third federal district court judge to the state.

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House bill would create EPA restoration effort for California-Mexico river

The bill would establish an EPA program to help clean up the New River with grants and technical assistance for planning and implementation of conservation strategies and cleanup projects.

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Pingree to lead House appropriations environment panel

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) will head the House Appropriations Committee’s panel on interior, environment and related agencies, which has authority over EPA’s budget.

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House GOP criticizes Biden’s revocation of ‘2 for 1’ rule review order

The top Republicans on the House Small Business and Oversight and Reform panels say the president’s action will increase “red tape” and harm the economy.

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