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CBO Expects PFAS Drinking Water Limit To Cost Billions To Implement

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is estimating that an expected EPA drinking water standard for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is expected to cost drinking water systems more than “several billion dollars” to comply with any testing and treatment requirements over the first five years, according to a recently released analysis.

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House Democrats Reflect States’ GHG Target Strategy In Bill Rollout

House Democrats’ broader climate change legislative program appears to reflect an approach by California and several other states that have adopted long-term zero-carbon goals for the power sector or broader economy after which officials developed myriad mitigation and other policies to achieve such targets.

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DeFazio calls Corps’ Pebble Mine review ‘fundamentally flawed’

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), who chairs the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, says the Corps’ review of planned Pebble Mine violates both the Clean Water Act and National Environmental Policy Act.

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Groups Say EPA Did Not Study Full Effect Of Nixing Oil & Gas Methane Rules

Environmental groups are alleging that EPA’s proposal to scuttle direct methane limits on new oil and gas sector is unlawful for a barrage of reasons, including the agency’s failure to quantify in detail the increased emissions that would be caused by the plan’s bar on regulation of existing facilities.

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Harris floats bill incorporating climate into Superfund program

Climate change-fueled natural disasters are “threatening to unleash some of our nation’s most toxic sites on surrounding areas,” argues Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).

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California lawmakers seek EPA IG inquiry over SIP dispute

EPA “appears to be using inaccurate information to unfairly punish California for political reasons,” the lawmakers say.

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Group Proposes Linking Power Sector CES To Non-Utility Programs

The Center for Climate & Energy Solutions (C2ES), a group that seeks “practical” solutions to climate change, is floating the concept of linking a clean energy standard (CES) for the power industry with programs designed for other sectors, in an effort to broaden the scope of possible emission reductions and reduce cost.

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EPA Seeks Comments On Universe of PFAS Subject To TRI Reporting

EPA has floated a proposal seeking comment on which per- and polyfluoroakyl substances (PFAS) should be reported to the agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), one of several regulatory items on the agency’s PFAS action plan, though it is unclear which, if any, of the estimated 4,500 PFAS chemicals will eventually be added.

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EPA Draws House Panel Scrutiny Amid Fears Over PFAS Policy Delays

House Democrats are pressing EPA on its schedule for issuing rules to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), raising concerns that the administration’s deregulatory approach will stymie prior pledges to determine whether to craft Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) rules for some of the chemicals by the end of the year.

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GAO Urges Agencies To Boost Climate Resilience To Protect Tax Revenue

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is urging the federal government to develop a strategic plan to determine how to invest taxpayer dollars to build resilience to climate change risks, with the office suggesting ways to better prioritize current spending but also offering options for new spending.

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