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Dingell Seeks Tougher PFAS Limits After ATSDR Adopts Strict Risk Values

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), a leader of Capitol Hill efforts to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), is urging regulators and other federal officials to quickly adopt stricter limits on the chemicals after the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s (ATSDR) formally adopted risk values more conservative than EPA’s.

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Freedhoff Expected To Win Confirmation Despite TSCA Policy Battles

A former EPA chemicals chief says Michal Freedhoff is widely expected to win confirmation to lead EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) following her Senate hearing May 12, as stakeholders continue to line up behind her despite industry opposition to many of her TSCA policies.

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Biden EPA Faces Pressure To End Debate On Regulating AFO Emissions

The Biden administration is facing pressure to resolve a long-running debate over whether and how EPA should regulate animal feeding operations’ (AFOs) emissions of hazardous gases, criteria air pollutants and the greenhouse gas methane, with some states and Congress grappling with either pursuing or blocking AFO air rules.

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Trump water chief backs Fox’s nomination to lead OW

David Ross is urging the Senate environment panel to confirm Radhika Fox as the head of EPA’s Office of Water (OW), saying that despite their potential policy differences, she is well qualified for the position.

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IG faults lack of EPA compliance with COVID-19 funding laws, rules

EPA’s Inspector General (IG) is faulting the agency’s Office of Chief Financial Officer for not complying with laws and rules for its implementation of last year’s COVID-19 economic stimulus law.

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EPA gives confidential RFS waiver data to GAO

The agency will give the Government Accountability Office (GAO) refiners’ confidential data as part of a GAO investigation into EPA’s issuance of renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers.

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Pallone Uses EPA FY22 Hearing To Call For Reinstating Superfund Taxes

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) used an April 29 hearing on EPA’s fiscal year 2022 budget request to make the case for reinstating the long-expired Superfund taxes on industry, saying it would provide “dedicated’ funding as the agency struggles with a backlog of orphan waste sites needing cleanup.

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Senate approves $35 billion water infrastructure bill

The 89-2 vote approves a $35 billion drinking water and wastewater infrastructure bill that both Democrats and Republicans have touted as a key component of comprehensive infrastructure plans.

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Senate Democrats Cite Methane CRA Vote As Only First Step On Climate

Senate Democrats are vowing that their successful vote to repeal the Trump EPA’s rule deregulating oil and gas methane emissions is just a first step toward addressing climate change, saying that Congress will also move on other measures, such as a climate-focused infrastructure package.

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Regan Faces Senators’ Competing Queries On EPA Plans At FY22 Hearing

EPA Administrator Michael Regan faced competing queries about his regulatory plans during a Senate environment panel hearing on EPA’s fiscal year 2022 budget request, with GOP senators seeking specifics on the Biden EPA’s policy agenda while Democrats urged continuing probes of claims of political interference in Trump-era scientific decisions.

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