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Democrats renew data request on EPA climate rollbacks

Having failed to receive a response from EPA, House Democrats are reiterating an oversight request they made on several major climate rollbacks nearly three months ago.

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EPA Downplays Importance Of Certifying Hudson Cleanup, Hints At Reopeners

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is declining to reveal to senators whether the agency will certify the Hudson River cleanup as complete despite continued calls from stakeholders for more remediation, although Wheeler is underscoring such a declaration would have a limited purview and says reopening the cleanup to add requirements is within EPA's authorities.

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Wastewater Utilities Eye House Infrastructure Package To Address Priorities

Wastewater and stormwater utilities are eyeing a future House infrastructure package as a vehicle to address their priorities including reauthorization of a key EPA infrastructure funding program, assisting low-income customers with their water bills, and building resilience to natural disasters, financial challenges and workforce changes.

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Dingell, House 'giant' who shaped major environment laws, dies

Former Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) authored or helped craft many of the nation's major environmental laws during his extended tenure at the helm of the Energy & Commerce Committee.

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Lawmakers Launch 'Green New Deal' Plan, With Bid For Progressive Unity

Progressive lawmakers are formally launching a long political push to enact a “Green New Deal,” (GND) with backers of the effort projecting unity among left-leaning groups by combining an aggressive push for “zero-emissions” energy with calls to reverse a slide in the fortunes of blue-collar workers.

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Senate Energy Panel Lawmakers Embrace Centrist Climate Change Stance

Some lawmakers on the Senate energy committee are tentatively embracing calls from outside experts to adopt a centrist climate change agenda that recognizes the need for government action to reduce greenhouse gases while incorporating a wide range of low-carbon technologies, including some that progressive groups find objectionable.

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EPA says Congress has 30 days to object to reorganization plan

EPA says appropriations language allows lawmakers 30 days to review its plan to reorganize its 10 regional offices, and that plan will be deemed approved unless lawmakers object or request an extension.

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Lawmakers set rosters for top House, Senate climate, environment panels

Committee assignments for both the Senate environment panel and the House select climate committee pave the way for both bodies to start their in-depth work for the 116th Congress.

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Democrats Eye Long-Term 'Carbon Price' Effort Under 'Two-Track' Agenda

House Democrats are eyeing a long-term legislative strategy to develop a “carbon price solution” to climate change, part of a “two-track” approach to the issue that will initially focus on “low-hanging fruit” policies that have a better chance of garnering bipartisan support.

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House Democrats Highlight State Climate Efforts Amid Trump Inaction

As part of their initial blitz of Capitol Hill hearings on climate change, House Democrats are seeking to spotlight efforts by a bipartisan group of state officials to both fight global warming and adapt to its impacts, contrasting those policies with the Trump administration’s climate rollbacks and its spurning of international commitments.

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