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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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States Seek FY07 Air Grants Boost In Supplemental War Funding Bill

State officials are asking Congress to amend the pending war supplemental funding bill to restore more than $20 million EPA is cutting from its clean air grants program in its just-released operating plan for fiscal year 2007.

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EPA Sidesteps Questions Of Legal Authority For Water Permit Fee Rule

EPA officials have yet to clearly explain the agency's legal authority to issue a rule that will boost state clean water program funding on the condition that states fund their water permitting programs through controversial user fees, even as key lawmakers are continuing to press the agency for answers and as states and industry groups threaten legal action.

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Broad Asbestos Ban Legislation Likely To Face Republican Opposition

Democratic efforts to push legislation forcing EPA to implement a broad asbestos ban may face opposition from Republican lawmakers who will likely try to carve out exemptions for some uses of the highly carcinogenic compound.

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Broad House GOP Support Boosts Prospects For EPA Clean Water Funds

Significant support from House Republican lawmakers for a bill boosting authorized levels for EPA clean water funds is bolstering prospects that the Senate will quickly approve the measure and could also raise the prospects for increased appropriations for the agency's state revolving loan fund (SRF) in fiscal year 2008.

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State Fears EPA Tank Bill Will Roll Back Environmental Protections

Pennsylvania environmental regulators fear that EPA's plan to introduce legislation providing flexibility to states to meet inspection requirements for underground petroleum tanks runs counter to environmental protection mandates outlined in the 2005 Energy Policy Act (EPACT).

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States Ask Congress For Air Grant Boost Amid EPA Budget Hearings

State air regulators are calling on Congress to boost EPA clean air grants to states by $25 million as EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson is testifying this week on the agency's fiscal year 2008 budget request, which includes a plan to cut air grants by $35 million.

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House Cuts Water Infrastructure Funding To Address Budget Concerns

A key House member has made 11th-hour amendments to a water infrastructure spending bill -- including a $6 billion cut in authorized funding and the addition of a tax increase on shipping cargo entering U.S. ports -- in order to address fiscal concerns from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and allow the bill to come to a floor vote as early as March 9.

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