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Senators urge IG to probe EPA’s use of TRI data

“We request that the IG examine how EPA currently uses and historically has used TRI, NATA, and other information to identify and respond to potential threats to human health,” the senators write.

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Senators Cut Broad Deal On New PFAS Rules But Drop Superfund Listing

Top leaders of the Senate environment committee have reached a bipartisan deal requiring EPA to craft a series of new drinking water, toxics and reporting rules governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and are seeking to attach the legislation as an amendment to a pending defense bill that is slated for floor debate as soon as next week.

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Senators Clash On States’ Role Under Narrow CWA Jurisdiction Standard

Members of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) clashed over state and federal roles under the Clean Water Act (CWA) at a hearing on EPA’s proposed jurisdiction rule, with Republicans arguing a limited CWA standard will support robust local protections while Democrats countered that it would hamstring many states.

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House budget panel highlights climate fiscal risks, political splits

“Without serious action to address climate change, federal spending will continue to rise” on disaster relief, crop insurance and federal facilities, warned House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY).

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Former EPA Chiefs’ Warnings Spur Democrats To Vow Science Oversight

House Democrats are vowing to pursue new oversight hearings of the Trump EPA’s deregulatory agenda after a bipartisan group of former agency administrators testified that the administration is bypassing sound science in favor of cutting industry costs, though the lawmakers did not identify steps that could limit or reverse the rollbacks.

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House panel sets hearing on vehicle GHG rollback

A pair of House Energy & Commerce subcommittees will hold a June 20 hearing to examine the Trump administration’s vehicle GHG and fuel economy rollback, signaling ramped up oversight of the measure.

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IRS faces senators’ call for data on validity of coal tax credits

Three Democratic senators are pressing the IRS for data justifying its substantial tax break for producers of refined coal, fearing that companies are abusing the credit.

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As Congress Eyes AFFF Ban For DOD, Industry Concern Grows Over PFAS Liability

As Congress weighs barring the Defense Department (DOD) from procuring aqueous firefighting foam (AFFF) containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) due to contamination concerns, parties at large industrial and mining sites that may also have used the foam are growing increasingly concerned about their potential cleanup liability.

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Quoted: Former administrators urge strict House oversight of EPA

Four former agency chiefs are calling on House lawmakers to conduct vigorous oversight of the Trump administration’s rule rollbacks and to bolster the agency’s regulatory powers.

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Senate Democrats push U.S. Chamber to support climate science

Over a dozen Senate Democrats are urging the industry group to protect EPA’s greenhouse gas risk finding and oppose any Trump administration effort to “limit science behind the National Climate Assessment.”

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