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House energy panel weighs coal ash bill to reverse Trump rollbacks

A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel will this week review new coal ash legislation that would reverse Trump EPA regulatory rollbacks affecting coal ash disposal requirements.

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EPA Rejects Blackburn’s Ethics Pledge Request For Regan Advisor Garbow

EPA is rejecting Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN) call for Avi Garbow, a former Obama EPA general counsel and now Administrator Michael Regan’s senior counselor, to sign an ethics pledge or disclose financial information, prompting the senator to warn that Garbow is a “radical activist” who might have significant conflicts of interest.

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House Democrats push grants program to plug abandoned oil, gas wells

House Democrats are backing legislation to create an $8 billion grants program to plug thousands of orphan oil and gas wells across the country, mirroring measures in President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan.

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Biden Eyes Massive FY22 Budget Hike For EPA, Tackling Climate Change

President Joe Biden is telling Congress that his pending fiscal year 2022 budget request will seek massive funding hikes for EPA and other agencies as well as dedicated spending to tackle climate change and environmental justice, seeking $769 billion in non-defense spending to divide among the agencies -- a 16 percent increase over the FY21 enacted level.

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Shell Urges Congress To Pass CRA Repeal Of Trump EPA Methane Rule

The oil giant Shell is ramping up its support for EPA to impose direct methane standards for the industry, urging lawmakers to approve a pending congressional resolution that would rescind the Trump administration’s rule scuttling methane and other emissions controls on oil and gas facilities.

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States, Environmentalists Eye Emissions Cuts In Biden Infrastructure Plan

Environmentalists and state air regulators are offering early praise for opportunities to reduce conventional air pollution and greenhouse gases through President Joe Biden’s $2.2 trillion infrastructure plan, including measures to cut emissions from mobile sources, reduce pollution in equity areas, and improve air quality at ports.

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Capito, Graves urge Biden to support CWA general permits

The top Republicans on the Senate and House infrastructure committees are urging President Joe Biden to back changes to Clean Water Act (CWA) permits made during the last days of the Trump administration.

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Investors urge EPA, Congress to block Pebble Mine

A coalition of 50 investors says “investors are increasingly coming to the conclusion that the value of our portfolios is dependent in part on sustainable global economic growth” and the Pebble Mine would threaten this.

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Chesapeake Bay senators urge EPA to use ‘all tools’ to achieve TMDL

The senators from Maryland, Virginia and Delaware are urging EPA Administrator Michael Regan to use “all tools” at the agency’s disposal to ensure the cleanup goals for the Chesapeake Bay are met.

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Democrats Float Bill To Allow Private Suits Against PFAS Manufacturers

Newly announced legislation from House and Senate Democrats would allow individuals who have been exposed to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to sue companies linked to those exposures, expanding liability for firms that make or use the chemicals while also setting up a new medical monitoring program for victims.

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