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Water utilities urge Treasury to ensure infrastructure investment

Drinking water and wastewater utilities are urging Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to issue guidance on the distribution of COVID-19 relief spending to ensure “significant” investment in water infrastructure.

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ACC opposes Biden push for renewing Superfund taxes

The chemical industry is objecting to the Biden administration’s support for reinstating corporate Superfund taxes, part of the administration’s new $2 trillion infrastructure plan.

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Biden Infrastructure Plan Includes Billions For Water Utilities, Waste Sites

President Joe Biden’s massive $2 trillion infrastructure plan includes a $111 billion investment in water infrastructure and a total of $21 billion for cleaning up abandoned mines and energy wells as well as redeveloping brownfields and Superfund sites, drawing praise from water utilities and environmental groups.

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Bipartisan bill eyes EPA grants to improve residential recycling

New bipartisan recycling legislation aims to improve residential and community recycling programs through EPA grants, model recycling program toolkits.

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CEQ Nominee Mallory Sidesteps GOP Queries On Former SELC Advocacy

Brenda Mallory, the nominee to lead the Biden White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), is sidestepping GOP senators’ queries about whether her previous policy advocacy work with the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), including opposing fossil fuel energy sources, will affect the decisions she would make at CEQ.

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Biden nominates Ketanji Brown Jackson to D.C. Circuit

President Joe Biden has nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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Missouri lawmakers urge EPA to change classification of state lakes

Missouri’s Republican senators and representatives argue the agency’s proposal to add several lakes to the state’s Clean Water Act list of impaired waters is based on faulty and outdated information.

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CRA Risks Downplayed As Democrats Seek To Revoke EPA Methane Rule

Democrats are poised to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to scrap the Trump EPA’s rule that rescinded direct oil and gas methane limits, despite earlier concerns from some Democratic supporters about lending credence to a deregulatory tool whose use many environmentalists have long opposed.

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EPA decision will determine DOD’s PFAS disposal costs

The Defense Department (DOD) says its final per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) cleanup costs will depend on an EPA decision about which disposal methods are acceptable.

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Democrats Push Ambitious Plastics Waste Bill, Amid Industry Opposition

House and Senate Democrats are reintroducing an ambitious plastics waste bill that would put the burden on manufacturers to minimize or eliminate waste from their products’ entire life cycle, and they are hoping to gain bipartisan support even as industry groups oppose the measure, which failed to gain traction in the last Congress.

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