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Lawmakers Seek To Reverse EPA Bar On Settlement Funds For Diesel Projects

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is seeking to reverse an EPA policy barring use of enforcement settlement funds for diesel retrofit projects, which reduce emissions of harmful pollutants.

Led by Reps. John Shimkus (R-IL) and Doris Matsui (D-CA), the lawmakers are requesting language in EPA's upcoming spending bill to clarify that retrofits can be funded by supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) that stem from EPA enforcement agreements.

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Lawmakers Eye Options To Push Bills On High-Emitting Synfuel Technology

Policymakers from both parties are considering their legislative options for pushing legislation promoting controversial coal-to-liquids (CTL) fuel technology, which many lawmakers view as a way to enhance energy security but which environmentalists fear will increase greenhouse gas (GHG) and other harmful emissions.

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Revised Senate Bill May Not Meet States' Bid For Strict Emission Controls

Sens. Thomas Carper (D-DE) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) are crafting a revised version of their multi-pollutant emissions bill that will likely codify key requirements in EPA's clean air interstate rule (CAIR), and may abandon language that benefits clean-burning power units such as natural gas plants, congressional sources say.

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Environmental Justice Groups Seek Greater Role In Climate Debate

Environmental justice (EJ) advocates are seeking a greater role in the debate over possible climate change legislation, charging that even Democratic lawmakers and traditional environmental groups are devoting little attention to how a future greenhouse gas emissions regime could impact low-income and minority communities.

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Bush Order Revokes Clinton TRI Requirements For Federal Facilities

A recent executive order signed by President Bush revokes Clinton-era measures requiring federal facilities to report their pollution releases to EPA's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), which the agency uses for a slew of regulatory decisions governing water quality, emissions and other regulatory requirements.

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States Seek To Limit EPA Waiver For Farms' Emissions Data Reporting

State air officials are proposing an alternative to EPA's controversial effort to exempt animal feeding operations (AFOs) from Superfund reporting requirements, arguing the agency's move would deprive them of key data on air pollution that contributes to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions.

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Senate Seeks To Strengthen House Measure On State Chemical Security

Senate appropriators have included language in the Iraq war spending bill that would strengthen companion language in the House by giving states the explicit right to set more stringent chemical security standards than pending Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations. But the provision, included at the request of Sen.

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Despite Expected Court Ruling, Opposing Sides Hope Congress Addresses CO2

Industry legal experts and environmentalist attorneys say they expect the Supreme Court to back Massachusetts and other plaintiffs in their pending high court suit on EPA's authority to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2).

But the experts also agree that even if the Supreme Court determines that EPA has an obligation to regulate the greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, they would still prefer that Congress adopt a broad CO2 cap-and-trade policy.

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Key Senators Seek GAO Study On Nanotech Risk Research Spending

Key senators are asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the Bush administration's spending and priorities on nanotechnology risk research, saying the effort involving EPA and other agencies has not been transparent or reliable.

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Democrats Seek To Expand Water Act Jurisdiction In Great Lakes Bill

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has quietly included language to clarify the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA) in a broad bill designed to improve water quality and prevent the spread of invasive species in the Great Lakes -- which some Democrats say they intend to make a priority for presidential candidates in the 2008 campaign.

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