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California’s House Democrats urge halt to EPA Region 9 reopening

The reopening plan “is not fully developed, does not adequately address health and safety protections for employees, and has much weaker protections that the state and local orders,” the lawmakers say.

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Bipartisan Senate group seeks modest PFAS measures in defense bill

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spearheaded the bipartisan effort, with included three Republicans -- Sens. Todd Young (IN), Shelley Moore Capito (WV) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) -- among the 21 signatories.

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EDF Warns Senators Of Barrett’s Doubts Over Environmental Litigation

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is urging senators “take the time needed” to consider the record of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, citing concerns she appears too willing to question plaintiffs’ standing to seek relief for environmental harms, and is inclined to overturn prior precedents.

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GOP uses hearing to push back on broad House environmental equity bill

The legislation pending in both the House and Senate aims to “restore, reaffirm and reconcile environmental justice and civil rights,” but is drawing some strong Republican opposition.

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Pressure Builds To Uphold House PFAS Measures In Final Defense Bill

Pressure is building on House and Senate conferees to the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to uphold more than a dozen measures addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), even as lawmakers punt formal conference committee negotiations until after the Nov. 3 election.

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Senate Democrats query EPA on plans for withholding funding to cities

A group of seven Senate Democrats are seeking answers from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on suggestions that the agency might withhold environmental funding for several Democratic-run cities.

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GAO Presses EPA To Improve Child Care Lead Testing Plan With HHS

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is urging EPA to take additional steps to ensure that an agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to facilitate testing for lead in water in child care facilities is implemented, saying the agency is not taking the situation seriously enough.

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Markey sees future ‘enhanced’ Kerry role on climate change

“Your role is going to be greatly enhanced in the very near future, so that you can provide vision for what our country and our planet needs,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) told former Secretary of State John Kerry.

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House Democrats seek details on CWA jurisdiction rule implementation

Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Grace Napolitano (D-CA) are demanding documents from the Army Corps of Engineers on its application of the new, narrower Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule.

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Sen. Cantwell seeks DOJ investigation into Pebble Mine

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) wants the Justice Department (DOJ) to investigate discrepancies between public and private statements from Pebble Mine executives over the scope of the planned mine.

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