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Late Bulb Efficiency Deal Could Be Model For Climate Preemption Issue

An 11th-hour deal between environmentalists and industry for a light bulb efficiency standard could provide a model for how activists and industry officials resolve the thorny issue of federal preemption of state greenhouse gas (GHG) control rules, observers of the deal say.

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Bush G-8 Agreement May Aid Greenhouse Gas Provision In Defense Bill

Proponents of linking global warming and national security say President Bush's recent commitment to a new round of international climate change talks will help pave the way for lawmakers to require the Pentagon to consider the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions on military operations.

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Clinton Asks GAO To Study 'Gaps' In EPA Emergency Response Plans

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) is asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a new study on EPA's ability to handle the environmental impacts of catastrophic events like the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina, which could prompt new legislative and regulatory efforts to address "gaps" in the agency's emergency response authority, including its ability to address indoor air contamination.

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Despite GOP Claims, EPA FY08 Spending Bill Faces White House Veto

President Bush is threatening to veto the House version of EPA's fiscal year 2008 appropriations legislation due to the bill's "excessive" spending levels, despite suggestions from GOP lawmakers that the bill could avoid a veto because it includes significant funding for key administration priorities, such as national park funding.

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House Funding Bill Requires EPA Study Of Boiler Additive Health Risks

Amid growing concerns about potential health risks from a chemical that is increasingly being used to control emissions from power-generation boilers, the House Appropriations Committee has directed EPA to conduct a first-time assessment of the material, called trona, which has already prompted citizen complaints about adverse effects on their breathing.

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Pending Asbestos Deal For Chlorine Industry Faces Likely GOP Opposition

Key Democratic and Republican senators are close to a compromise on how legislation forcing EPA to implement a broad asbestos ban will affect the chlorine manufacturing industry, although some GOP lawmakers are cautioning that the the industry should not be forced to phase-out its use of the substance.

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House Panel Drops Plan To Preempt EPA Power To Regulate Vehicle GHGs

Leaders of the House Energy & Commerce Committee have dropped, for now, a controversial plan to preempt EPA regulatory authority over motor vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other controversial items, clearing a path for the panel to mark up a slimmed-down energy bill.

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Senate Weighs Options For Mandatory EPA Greenhouse Gas Registry

Senators are weighing a slew of legislative options that would require EPA to develop a mandatory, economy-wide registry for companies to report their greenhouse gas emissions, proposals that could set up a clash with the Department of Energy's (DOE) existing voluntary registry.

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Bill Seeks Sewer Overflow Monitoring To Bolster Infrastructure Funds

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers, together with environmentalists, is pushing legislation to require wastewater treatment plants to quickly notify the public when there is a sewer overflow that could contaminate recreational waters, which proponents say could help long-term efforts to increase water infrastructure funds.

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Appropriators Seek To Terminate EPA IG's Oversight Of Chemical Board

House appropriators are pushing to end the EPA Inspector General's (IG) oversight role of the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), but the move is sparking a push back from EPA and activists who say that there are no other existing alternatives to provide sufficient oversight of the panel.

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