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Democrats blast EPA ‘stonewalling’ of GAO enforcement review

“The fact that EPA is stonewalling GAO’s audit of the Agency’s enforcement program is outrageous, and begs the question: what is EPA hiding?” leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee say.

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Senate Energy Bill Debate Prompts Calls For Broader Climate Measures

The Senate’s move to begin debating a bipartisan energy package to boost research of various low-carbon technologies is likely to tee up, if not necessarily resolve, demands for additional climate policies including clean energy tax credits, new EPA curbs on hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) and tougher building codes.

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Public power group releases climate legislation principles

The American Public Power Association is releasing a set of general principles for any future bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the economy.

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Despite Requests, CEQ Appears Unlikely To Extend NEPA Comment Deadline

White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Associate Director Edward Boling is suggesting that the administration is unlikely to extend the 60-day public comment period on controversial proposed changes to how federal agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), despite numerous requests.

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FY21 Budget Hearing Tees Up Debate On Trump EPA Environment Record

A hearing on EPA’s fiscal year 2021 budget is providing a venue for House Democrats to slam proposed cuts as a fresh sign the Trump administration places a low priority on the environment, even as Republicans and Administrator Andrew Wheeler cite select EPA actions in Superfund, toxics and other areas in rebuttal.

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Senators release bipartisan clean energy R&D bill

The legislation aims to boost R&D efforts for a suite of low-carbon technologies, despite continuing divisions on climate policy that would directly cut carbon emissions.

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EPA Scraps HFC Leak Limits Despite Bipartisan Support For Standards

The Trump EPA has scrapped Obama-era standards to fix leaks on equipment that uses hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants that act as potent greenhouse gases, a move the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) calls “baffling” given widespread support for such rules in Congress and among industry groups.

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House Hearing Highlights Lawmakers’ Continuing Divisions On Climate

A House committee hearing is showcasing the continued political divisions on how and whether to address climate change, with Republicans slamming a Democratic measure to slash greenhouse gas emissions on public lands while touting a plan to encourage tree planting and wood harvesting as an alternative.

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EPA touts ‘significant progress’ advancing PFAS action plan

EPA is pushing back against criticism from Democrats that it is not doing enough to address addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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OMB begins review of EPA biogenic CO2 proposal

The proposal is expected to reflect EPA’s April 2018 policy treating biomass energy as carbon neutral, and the rule may have been expanded to include agricultural crop residues used in multiple applications.

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