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EPA draws suits, Senate bill to block FOIA rule changes

Critics of EPA’s Freedom of Information Act rule have filed lawsuits and introduced new legislation as they seek to block the measure from taking effect July 26.

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Key Democrats Float 2050 Net Zero GHG Target, Promising Legislation

Key House Energy & Commerce Committee Democrats are endorsing an ambitious goal achieving a 100 percent clean economy -- defined as “net zero” greenhouse gas pollution -- by 2050, pledging to launch a process to develop a comprehensive climate legislative package by the end of the year to achieve that goal.

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Calls Grow To Strengthen Oversight Of Refiners’ Hydrogen Fluoride

Federal and local officials are stepping up calls for the Trump administration to strengthen oversight of the use and storage of hydrogen fluoride (HF) by dozens of refiners in the wake of a series of industrial incidents at several facilities across the country that have raised safety concerns for employees and adjacent communities.

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EPA rejects senators’ bipartisan call to reconsider FOIA changes

Four senators, two Democratic and two Republican, have raised strong concerns about EPA’s rule making changes to its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request policies.

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Energy & Commerce leaders to unveil climate plan details

Top Democrats on the House Energy & Commerce Committee are scheduled to unveil more details on their climate policy plans, ahead of a July 24 hearing on achieving “deep decarbonization” of the economy.

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UCS Documents Rise Of Lethal Heat, Boosting Calls For Climate Policy

As large swaths of the country face a record-breaking heat wave, environmentalists are warning that unchecked climate change will cause extreme and deadly heat across the country and bring “unprecedented” health risks, underscoring their calls for deep cuts in carbon emissions as well as to take major steps to adapt to the threat.

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House Republicans Remain Hostile To Democrats’ Scientific Integrity Bill

House Republicans are showing little interest in supporting a bill being crafted by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) that seeks to codify scientific integrity requirements at EPA and other agencies, accusing Democrats of “weaponizing” the debate over federal science and faulting the bill for its failure to sufficiently address “research misconduct” and other issues.

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EPA Makes No Call On Restoring PM Standards Panel, Jeopardizing Review

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has not yet decided how to respond to agency science advisers’ call to reconstitute an expert panel to assist with oversight of EPA’s review of federal particulate matter (PM) standards, throwing into doubt both the speed and quality of the agency’s review, House Democrats say.

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House Democrats decry CWA jurisdiction rule repeal

Leaders of the House committee that oversees the Clean Water Act say the Trump administration’s move to repeal an Obama-era rule defining the scope of the act is “outrageous.”

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GAO Questions EPA’s Science Advisor Appointment Process

Congress’ watchdog has found that EPA did not follow its published process for selecting experts to serve on two of its core advisory committees in fiscal year 2018 and that the agency failed to ensure that advisors met conflict of interest rules, handing Democrats limited new opportunities to criticize the agency.

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