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House panel probes reasons for PFOA releases at plants

The head of a House oversight subcommittee is pressing two manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to explain why a phased-out chemical is continuing to be discharged from two facilities.

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EPA, Democratic senators spar over potential funding threat to cities

EPA and Senate Democrats are clashing over possible cuts to some cities’ environmental funding that the agency may be planning in response to an order by President Donald Trump.

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Amid Talk Of EPA Post, CARB’s Nichols Seen Prioritizing Climate, Vehicles

Amid reports that Mary Nichols, the long-time chief of the California air board, has the inside track to be EPA administrator under a Biden administration, sources say she would bring decades of experience to a push to aggressively battle climate change and reduce transportation air pollution while reversing Trump-era rollbacks.

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House Democrats’ Ocean Climate Bill Would Ban Drilling, Help Fisheries

House Democrats are floating legislation that would for the first time seek to address the effects of climate change on the oceans, banning new offshore drilling while at the same time upgrading federal ocean management efforts and aiding fisheries by reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions that cause climate change.

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Michigan senators wary of EPA reopening Ann Arbor office

“As EPA moves rapidly toward Phase 3 of its reopening plan, the agency must engage with its workers to ensure that employees are adequately protected from COVID-19 exposure,” says a letter from Michigan’s two senators.

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Attorneys See Supreme Court Losses Looming For Environmentalists

Attorneys expect the Supreme Court to rule against environmentalists on a host of pending cases including document transparency and the environmental impacts of President Donald Trump’s border wall, due in part to the court’s expected shift to a 6-3 conservative majority if the Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett as the next justice.

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States, NRDC Outline Legal Attacks On EPA’s HFC Leak Regulations

A coalition of 10 Democratic-led states and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is outlining legal arguments against the Trump EPA’s rule scaling back Obama-era mandates to fix leaks on equipment that uses hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants that act as potent greenhouse gases.

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Biden aims to distance climate plan from ‘Green New Deal’

Although Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is trying to create distance between his $2 trillion climate change plan and Democrats’ “Green New Deal,” environmentalists are still praising his agenda.

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Environmental groups urge ‘no’ vote on Barrett confirmation

“We have serious concerns about Judge Barrett’s record and how she would rule on critical environmental issues if confirmed,” say environmentalists in a letter to senators on the Judiciary Committee.

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CARB Chief Nichols Urges Congress To Push ‘Big’ Climate Bill Post-Election

California air board chief Mary Nichols, who is retiring in December after 13 years in that position, says Congress should unveil “big” new legislation to address climate change as soon as possible after the Nov. 3 election, potentially similar to the Waxman-Markey greenhouse gas cap-and-trade legislation of 2009 that failed in the Senate.

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