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Trump to nominate DOJ trial attorney as next EPA inspector general

If confirmed by the Senate, current Department of Justice criminal trial attorney Sean O’Donnell would fill the EPA inspector general vacancy created when former IG Arthur Elkins, Jr. left in October 2018.

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Feinstein, Harris seek new EPA IG probe of California dispute

California’s two Democratic senators want EPA’s inspector general to investigate any talks between the agency and White House prior to EPA citing the state for alleged water quality violations.

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Former EPA General Counsel Argues Agency Can Impose Carbon ‘Fee’

Former George H. W. Bush EPA General Counsel E. Donald Elliott is pushing a novel argument that the agency can impose a carbon “fee” under existing authority, suggesting it could be attractive to companies looking to head off stricter limits on fossil fuel extraction that major Democratic presidential candidates are considering.

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Trump to nominate acting OIRA chief Ray to head agency permanently

President Donald Trump’s nomination, if approved by Congress, would make the acting White House regulatory affairs office chief head of the division on a permanent basis.

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New Bipartisan Carbon Tax Bill Floated In House, Adding To Prior Options

A Republican House lawmaker is leading a new bipartisan carbon tax bill that would replace the federal gas tax and direct revenue to infrastructure projects, adding to the wide menu of carbon pricing bills that have been floated this Congress as supporters try to build momentum behind the policy.

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Feinstein seeks probe of EPA ‘political interference’ in California

The senator says her home state is “being unfairly targeted,” and that EPA is floating “nothing more than a pretext to attack” the state.

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Senate FY20 report includes multiple policy directives to EPA

Senate appropriators are issuing a variety of directives to EPA alongside their fiscal year 2020 spending bill, including on high-profile mining, water, toxics and biofuels issues.

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Wheeler Warns Hazardous Substance Listing For PFAS ‘Nearly Impossible’

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says it would be “nearly impossible” to implement a high-profile measure in the pending fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill that would require EPA to designate all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the Superfund law within one year, triggering liability for parties that contributed to releases.

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House Panel Advances Asbestos, PFAS Bills On Primarily Partisan Vote

A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel has advanced on a primarily partisan basis a bill to ban all uses of asbestos and a package of 13 bills to deal with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though one PFAS bill drew broad bipartisan support and Republicans said they are open to negotiating with Democrats on several others before a full committee vote.

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Amid Uncertain Outlook, Senate Spending Panel Moves EPA FY20 Bill

The full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a fiscal year 2020 spending bill for EPA and several other agencies that funds the agency at $9.01 billion, a $161 million boost over current levels that includes either modest increases or flat funding for numerous EPA programs.

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