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EPW Democrats query Wheeler on order to slash advisory panels

Democratic senators on the environment committee are asking the EPA administrator to explain how the agency plans to implement an executive order to eliminate one-third of federal advisory committees.

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IG Largely Clears EPA Staff In Dispute Over ‘Glider’ Truck Emission Tests

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is largely exonerating agency staff from claims by some House Republicans that they improperly coordinated with new truck manufacturers in conducting tests of “glider” trucks, which combine used engines with new chassis, that showed high emissions from the vehicles.

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GOP’s Luntz seeks to help Democrats advance climate policy

The Republican pollster -- who previously urged politicians to shift public opinion away from pro-climate policies -- urged Democrats to “jettison much of the most extreme language in favor of a get-it-done approach.”

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Democratic AGs Urge Congress To Act On PFAS But Omit Key Proposals

Nearly two dozen Democratic attorneys general (AGs) are urging Congress to approve a series of plans to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in pending House and Senate defense bills, but the officials omitted calls for lawmakers to approve several contested measures, including plans to require EPA to craft water rules, highlighting the difficulty they face as they seek to resolve their differences.

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DeFazio steps up scrutiny of EPA’s CWA policy changes

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman is boosting the panel’s oversight of EPA’s policy changes related to state reviews of federally permitted activities and wastewater “blending.”

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Senate Panel Backs Sweeping Highway Bill, Despite EV, Permit Concerns

The Senate environment committee has unanimously approved a sweeping renewal of the federal highway program despite complaints from environmentalists about its provisions streamlining project permitting and some free-market groups concerned about funding for electric vehicle (EV) chargers.

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Senate Panel Speeds Action On Highway Bill With Landmark Climate Title

The Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee is accelerating its plan to advance a bipartisan transportation funding bill with a first-ever climate change title along with permit streamlining provisions, moving up its planned markup from Aug. 1 to July 30, just one day after the bill was introduced.

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Pallone warns EPA over tire crumb study

“It is entirely premature for the report to suggest that consumers’ exposure to the material’s chemical contents is low,” says House energy committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ).

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Rejecting CASAC, EPA Curbs NAAQS Reviews To Meet Speedy Schedule

Rejecting calls from EPA’s science advisors, Administrator Andrew Wheeler has announced plans to scale back the advisors’ planned review of its particulate matter (PM) and ozone standards in order to meet an accelerated review schedule, intensifying criticism that the agency is artificially rushing the reviews to maintain or weaken the standards.

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Following Criticism, New Pentagon Chief Seeks To Reset PFAS Response

Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s creation of a high-level task force to take a “proactive stance” on per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) contamination signals the Pentagon’s new chief is seeking to take control of an issue for which DOD has drawn strong criticisms for months and prompted Congress to advance legislation to address it.

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