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House Democrats Refine Early Focus On Climate Risks, GHG Rule Rollbacks

House Democrats are refining their plans to make climate change an early focus of their oversight when they re-take control of the chamber in January, with lawmakers saying they are still crafting the finer points of their agenda though many have come to terms with the revival of a select committee that will focus exclusively on climate issues.

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Markey hints Wright may win approval without formaldehyde study

No matter the final disposition of Mr. Wright’s nomination, the EPA should keep its promise and move forward with the release of the long-overdue formaldehyde report,” the Democratic senator says.

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House Democrats Eye RFS Reform Despite Worsening Prospects For Deal

House Democrats plan to hold hearings on reforming EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) with a greater focus on the program's environmental impacts when they take over the lower chamber in January, but sources note that push-back on reform options at a Dec. 11 House hearing shows prospects for achieving a legislative deal are worsening.

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New Farm Bill Retains ESA Pesticide Reviews But Seeks Improvements

House and Senate negotiators have agreed to compromise language in the Farm Bill that tasks EPA and federal wildlife officials with improving an Obama-era process for assessing pesticides' risks under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), but it drops a House plan to curb the reviews though the Trump administration is seeking to weaken the mandate in a rulemaking.

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Democrats seek regular Trump updates on Paris climate deal

Quarterly updates on the Trump administration's approach to the Paris Agreement would “force the administration to acknowledge the dangers of withdrawal, again and again,” two House Democrats say.

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GOP lawmakers offer 'Good Samaritan' mine cleanup bill

The bill's introduction appears to be a sign that the sponsors plan to press the issue in the next Congress, when Democrats will control the House.

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EPA Grappling With Dozens Of New Water Programs But With Few Funds

EPA is struggling to implement 32 new wastewater and drinking water mandates included in the recently enacted water resources development law even though some of the requirements -- such as measures addressing the cost of replacing lead service lines -- lack new funding, officials told their drinking water advisers Dec. 6.

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GM Plant Closures Point To Muddled Politics Of Auto GHG Rule Rollback

General Motors' recent plans to idle several auto assembly plants in Michigan, Ohio and elsewhere appears to be muddying the Trump administration's hope for a political victory from its roll back of vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas rules, even as GM cited market trends that industry has long argued require eased standards.

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Senate confirms McNamee for open FERC slot

The nominee was confirmed on a party-line vote with even Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a strong coal supporter, voting against the nominee due to concerns that he does not take climate science seriously.

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Trump signs bill preserving EPA control of ballast water

The enactment of the Coast Guard authorization bill has drawn praise from industry but mixed reactions from states and environmentalists over its preemption of state authority to set discharge limits.

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