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NEGOTIATIONS MAY SCALE BACK HOUSE SEWER OVERFLOW NOTIFICATION BILL

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Negotiations between the wastewater sector and environmentalists could result in major revisions to House and Senate legislation requiring wastewater facilities to notify the public quickly when wet weather causes them to release sewage, changes that could scale back the stringency of the bill and give EPA more discretion in addressing its monitoring requirements.

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WATER SECTOR SEEKS ROLE IN SENATE CLIMATE BILL'S TRADING SCHEME

PHOENIX -- The water sector is stepping up lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill in order to win a role in a carbon cap-and-trade scheme proposed by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and John Warner (R-VA), a key initiative that comes as wastewater and drinking water officials are grappling with how their industries can adapt to climate change.

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COMPROMISE HOUSE FARM BILL DRAWS CONCERNS OVER NEW WETLAND CUTS

Conservation groups say the House Agriculture Committee's compromise Farm Bill proposal that restores funding for one key environmental program is a step in the right direction, but are raising concerns about unexpected cuts to a wetlands protection program.

Last week, the House Agriculture Committee presented an outline of a possible compromise bill to address the significant differences between the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill reauthorization Congress passed last year.

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WATER SECTOR PUSHES FOR RELIEF IN HOUSE CHEMICAL SECURITY BILL

Water industry lobbyists are urging House lawmakers to include provisions in a pending chemical security bill granting wastewater and drinking water facilities relief from requirements that could force them to replace chemical treatment practices with technologies that reduce the risks from a terrorist attack -- a switch industry says could cost millions.

Industry officials say their discussions with Hill staffers appear to be showing some progress, though Democratic sources indicate they may not be open to providing the relief in the bill.

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KEY HOUSE ENERGY COMMITTEE PANELS FACE MAJOR LEADERSHIP OVERHAULS

Key House Energy & Commerce Committee subcommittees with oversight of major energy and environmental issues are facing leadership overhauls.

Reps. Hilda Solis (D-CA) and Gene Green (D-TX) may battle later this year to become chair of the House Energy & Commerce Committee's panel on environment and hazardous materials, with Green saying he is interested in the position at the same time as staffers say Solis appears to be the leading contender.

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LAWMAKERS QUESTION ATSDR RESEARCH FUTURE AMID GREAT LAKES DISPUTE

Leading science committee members of Congress are raising doubts about the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry's (ATSDR) ability to conduct future health hazard research as part of the lawmakers' stepped-up intervention to force release of a stalled report on hazardous substances in the Great Lakes, the regional focus of a key EPA water program.

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CONGRESS TO TAKE UP SOUTHEASTERN WATER RESOURCES DISPUTE

The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee is planning a hearing next month that will explore watershed management and drought-related issues in the Southeast, including a long-running battle between Georgia, Florida and Alabama over water allocation that a federal appellate court recently said needs congressional direction.

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DEMOCRATS MAY IGNORE BUSH'S REQUEST FOR STEEP CUTS TO EPA FY09 BUDGET

Democratic lawmakers and others are harshly criticizing President Bush's plan to cut EPA's budget by $330 million in fiscal year 2009, to $7.14 billion -- the lowest requested funding level since 1997, according to a state source -- prompting suggestions that Congress will ultimately ignore the president's budget request by funding the agency through a continuing resolution until a new administration takes office in early 2009.

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RULING MIGHT SPUR CONGRESS TO ADDRESS MERCURY IN CLIMATE BILL

The federal appellate ruling rejecting EPA's mercury rule is creating uncertainty over the fate of future mercury controls at power plants and is prompting calls for Congress to address the issue as part of pending climate change legislation.

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HOUSE PANELS HOLD INITIAL TALKS TO SETTLE BROWNFIELDS FUNDING DISPUTE

Key House committees have held initial talks aimed at settling long-running differences over authorized funding levels for EPA's brownfields program, differences which appear likely to stymie passage of a just-introduced bill aimed at increasing funding levels for the program.

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