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Republican oil state senators urge EPA to issue 2020 RFS waiver

GOP senators from mostly oil-producing states are ramping up pressure on EPA to waive RFS biofuel blending obligations, but face strong opposition from corn-state biofuels advocates in Congress.

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Senate Democrats Float Pandemic-Related Attacks On EPA Rollbacks

Ahead of EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s May 20 appearance before the Senate environment committee, panel Democrats are issuing sharp criticism of more than half a dozen recent agency air policy rollbacks advanced in the past two months, linking them to worsened health outcomes from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Carper seeks expanded IG inquiry into vehicle GHG rollback

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) released an EPA staff document charging that the draft final rule included “factually incorrect statements,” and “denigration of EPA’s past work.”

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Environmentalists seek GOP opposition to Beck’s CPSC nomination

“We believe Nancy Beck’s record on toxic chemical[s] is even worse than” that of a Trump EPA nominee whose appointment North Carolina’s GOP senators helped defeat, environmentalists say.

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Citing COVID-19 Crisis, EPA Extends Wood Heater Air Rule Sales Deadline

EPA has followed through with its plan to propose extending from May 15 to Nov. 30 the deadline for retailers to sell wood heating appliances that do not meet stricter agency emissions standards, citing a need to provide economic relief to retailers who are struggling to dispose of their non-compliant stock during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Amid Biomass Focus, Scientists Urge EPA To Find Crops Carbon-Neutral

A group of university scientists is urging EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to issue a rule finding that agricultural crop residues are carbon-neutral for regulatory purposes, as the agency is poised to release a similar proposed rule for woody biomass used for energy that excludes crops.

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Rep. Thompson Says GAO Report Highlights Need For CFATS Overhaul

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) says a just-released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that calls for strengthening cybersecurity protocols in a federal chemical facility safety program underscore what he says is a need to reauthorize an enhanced versions of the program.

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Wheeler to testify before Senate EPW

The EPA chief has not testified before the Senate in over a year, and Democrats are likely to press him on several recent controversial agency decisions, including its enforcement “discretion” policy during the pandemic.

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Environmentalists Float Platform With Strict Conditions For Carbon Price

A broad coalition of over 175 environmental groups is floating a sweeping climate policy platform that includes multiple conditions for a federal carbon price, underscoring that resistance to the idea among progressives is less focused on the pricing tool itself than on potential undesirable compromises that could be paired with the effort.

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Former Bush official seeks deregulatory panel amid COVID

Former White House regulatory affairs chief Susan Dudley, who served during the George W. Bush administration, is proposing a new commission to review existing rules and legislation.

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