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Buttigieg seeks to address environmental justice in anti-racism plan

The 2020 presidential contender and South Bend, IN, mayor says in his plan that people are not free if their zip code, name and race determine their quality of life and health outcomes.

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Bolstering Asbestos-Ban Bill, AGs Agree To Chlor-Alakli Sector Delay

Bolstering prospects for a bill banning the manufacture and use of asbestos, a group of Democratic attorneys general (AGs) is supporting the bill while agreeing with GOP lawmakers and industry groups that the legislation may have to give more time for producers of chlorine used for water treatment to transition to non-asbestos methods.

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Bolstering Asbestos-Ban Bill, AGs Agree To Chlor-Alkali Sector Delay

Bolstering prospects for a bill banning the manufacture and use of asbestos, a group of Democratic attorneys general (AGs) is supporting the bill while agreeing with GOP lawmakers and industry groups that the legislation may have to give more time for producers of chlorine used for water treatment to transition to non-asbestos methods.

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House Approves PFAS Superfund Amendment Over GOP, Industry Objection

The House by voice vote July 12 approved an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would require EPA to declare within one year that perfluorinated chemicals are hazardous substances under the Superfund law, despite objections from GOP lawmakers and a number of industry groups, who fear significant new cleanup liability.

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Carper, Markey introduce ‘green’ highway bill

The bill would require the Transportation Department to develop standards for states to decrease transportation greenhouse gas emissions and per-capita vehicle miles traveled (VMT).

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Senate Confirms EPA Waste Chief Wright In Party-Line Vote

The Senate July 11 voted along party lines to confirm Peter Wright to lead EPA’s waste office, overcoming Democrats’ efforts to block, or at least delay, the vote as they cited new ethical questions, his long-time chemical industry background and EPA’s failure, to date, to fulfill promises to regulate two perfluorinated chemicals.

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House Poised To Debate PFAS Superfund Listing, Sparking GOP Criticism

The House is gearing up to debate an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would require EPA to list perfluorinated chemicals as hazardous substances under the Superfund law, a move that is already prompting strong opposition from a top Senate Republican opposed to the measure.

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Rules Committee Allows House Debate On Suite Of PFAS Amendments

The House Rules Committee is allowing lawmakers to debate a series of amendments governing perfluorinated chemicals when lawmakers take up the annual defense authorization bill in the coming days, including a key amendment requiring EPA to quickly designate the chemicals as hazardous substances under the Superfund law.

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Environmental groups urge EPA to delay FOIA rule

More than a dozen environmental groups are urging EPA to delay its new rule for how it will process Freedom of Information Act requests, charging the rule could politicize the process.

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Democratic Senators To Push Superfund PFAS Listing During Wright Vote

Democratic senators are attempting to leverage the Senate’s upcoming floor vote on EPA waste chief nominee Peter Wright to require EPA to designate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the Superfund law -- a measure that would allow the agency to hold responsible parties, including the Defense Department (DOD), liable for PFAS releases.

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