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Senate Democrats press EPA to implement GAO lead recommendations

Senate Democrats say they are disappointed that EPA to date has not committed to implementing Government Accountability Office recommendations on reducing children’s lead exposures.

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GOP senators from oil refining states ask EPA for broad RFS waiver

A group of 15 Senate Republicans from oil states is urging EPA to curb biofuel blending mandates for 2021, but is likely to face determined resistance from biofuels advocates.

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Despite Political Lift, Backers See Hill, Legal Advantages To Carbon Tax

Supporters of a carbon tax and others are citing key advantages of the policy in the courts and Capitol Hill even as they acknowledge challenges for such a measure under a potential Biden administration --including Democrats’ current focus on other climate policies and Republicans’ longtime allergy to carbon limits.

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House panel probes reasons for PFOA releases at plants

The head of a House oversight subcommittee is pressing two manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to explain why a phased-out chemical is continuing to be discharged from two facilities.

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EPA, Democratic senators spar over potential funding threat to cities

EPA and Senate Democrats are clashing over possible cuts to some cities’ environmental funding that the agency may be planning in response to an order by President Donald Trump.

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Amid Talk Of EPA Post, CARB’s Nichols Seen Prioritizing Climate, Vehicles

Amid reports that Mary Nichols, the long-time chief of the California air board, has the inside track to be EPA administrator under a Biden administration, sources say she would bring decades of experience to a push to aggressively battle climate change and reduce transportation air pollution while reversing Trump-era rollbacks.

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House Democrats’ Ocean Climate Bill Would Ban Drilling, Help Fisheries

House Democrats are floating legislation that would for the first time seek to address the effects of climate change on the oceans, banning new offshore drilling while at the same time upgrading federal ocean management efforts and aiding fisheries by reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions that cause climate change.

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Michigan senators wary of EPA reopening Ann Arbor office

“As EPA moves rapidly toward Phase 3 of its reopening plan, the agency must engage with its workers to ensure that employees are adequately protected from COVID-19 exposure,” says a letter from Michigan’s two senators.

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Attorneys See Supreme Court Losses Looming For Environmentalists

Attorneys expect the Supreme Court to rule against environmentalists on a host of pending cases including document transparency and the environmental impacts of President Donald Trump’s border wall, due in part to the court’s expected shift to a 6-3 conservative majority if the Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett as the next justice.

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States, NRDC Outline Legal Attacks On EPA’s HFC Leak Regulations

A coalition of 10 Democratic-led states and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is outlining legal arguments against the Trump EPA’s rule scaling back Obama-era mandates to fix leaks on equipment that uses hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants that act as potent greenhouse gases.

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