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BOXER CLIMATE CHANGE MARK ADDS MULTI-POLLUTANT LANGUAGE

Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has drafted proposed revisions to the Lieberman-Warner climate change bill that include language acknowledging the need for possible additional cuts in traditional power plant pollutants, according to a copy of the bill obtained by Inside EPA. The committee plans to mark up the bill Dec. 5. The revised bill also would reduce the percentage of emission allowances that will be given away to industry.

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KEY EPA ISSUES DRIVE ENERGY BILL DEBATE AS CONGRESSIONAL DEAL NEARS

Issues that are key to EPA -- including the agency's jurisdiction over renewable fuels, its forthcoming proposals to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from automobiles and its pending response to California's waiver request to implement GHG vehicle rules -- are at the center of high-level negotiations on Capitol Hill to hammer out a final energy bill that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) has pledged to send to President Bush next week.

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REID'S NEW FY08 BUDGET PLAN OFFERS HOPE FOR MODEST EPA FUNDING BOOST

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) recently-announced plan to craft a fiscal year 2008 omnibus spending bill could result in EPA getting a share of a roughly $700 million funding boost for environment-related agencies, congressional sources say, though the president is still vowing to veto spending bills that exceed his requested levels.

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COURT RULING, GAS PRICES MAY SPUR CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON CAFE

The recent appeals court ruling rejecting Bush administration light-truck fuel economy standards for failing to consider the benefits of reducing carbon dioxide, combined with rising gas prices, may spur congressional action to tighten corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards in a dramatically pared-back energy bill.

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VOINOVICH SEEKS EPA ANALYSIS OF CLIMATE BILL IMPACTS ON AGENCY WORK

Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH), a leading Republican voice on climate change legislation and critic of mandatory climate plans, is asking EPA to assess the impact on its core programs of a carbon cap-and-trade bill introduced by Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and John Warner (R-VA), a move that may help lay the groundwork for alternative climate change legislation that Voinovich is expected to introduce soon.

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ECONOMIC ANALYSES FRAME DEBATE FOR UPCOMING SENATE CLIMATE MARKUP

Competing analyses evaluating the economic implications of climate change legislation are providing a backdrop for an expected Senate committee markup in early December, with opponents of the pending measure citing what they say are the high costs of emission cuts and proponents arguing there are large economic risks from further delay and minimal threats to the economy from emission cuts.

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Push For New Uranium Mines Prompts Widespread Cleanup Concerns

Efforts by nuclear regulators and mining industry officials to open new uranium mines across the country are prompting wide-ranging concerns from environmentalists and others that current cleanup requirements are not adequate to address the contamination that will likely remain for decades.

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Key EPA Issues Drive Energy Bill Debate As Congressional Deal Nears

Issues that are key to EPA -- including the agency's jurisdiction over renewable fuels, its forthcoming proposals to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from automobiles and its pending response to California's waiver request to implement GHG vehicle rules -- are at the center of high-level negotiations on Capitol Hill to hammer out a final energy bill that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has pledged to send to President Bush next week.

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Voinovich Seeks EPA Analysis Of Climate Bill Impacts On Agency Work

Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH), a leading Republican voice on climate change legislation and critic of mandatory climate plans, is asking EPA to assess the impact on its core programs of a carbon cap-and-trade bill introduced by Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and John Warner (R-VA), a move that may help lay the groundwork for alternative climate change legislation that Voinovich is expected to introduce soon.

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GOP Moderate May Lead Republicans On Key House Air Quality Panel

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), a GOP moderate on environmental issues, is emerging as a leading contender to replace former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) as the ranking member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee's energy and air quality subcommittee, a key panel with jurisdiction over climate change and other air quality issues.

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