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As EPA Weighs Plan, Rural Utilities Urge Wheeler To 'Resist' PFAS Limit

As EPA prepares to consider its long-awaited plan to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of rural utilities is urging acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler “to resist calls for a national” drinking water standard for PFAS, asking the agency instead to focus on alternative methods to deal with contamination rather than regulation.

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Bipartisan Carbon Tax Measure Seeks To Influence House Climate Agenda

A new carbon tax bill lays out the most ambitious bipartisan carbon pricing plan in nearly a decade, as proponents seek to remain relevant ahead of next year's congressional agenda and perhaps turn the page from the recent defeat of a state-level carbon tax ballot measure that omitted industry-favored compromises in the federal plan.

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EPA Toxics Pick May Not Be Lightning Rod But Will Face Tough Queries

Alexandra Dunn, President Donald Trump's second nominee to serve as EPA's toxics chief, is not likely to face the same level of opposition during her Nov. 29 confirmation hearing that the administration's first nominee, Micheal Dourson, drew in his failed bid but sources expect that Dunn will still face tough questions on the Trump EPA's implementation of the revised federal toxics law and other issues.

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Facing Subpoena Threat, Suit, EPA Limits Political Officials' FOIA Reviews

EPA has quietly issued a new policy that sets a schedule for political officials to review Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) releases and also requires prompt disclosures of the review, a policy that the agency is citing to head off a pending lawsuit challenging the practice as well as a possible subpoena from House Democrats in the next Congress.

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Trump's climate assessment calls for stepped up mitigation, adaptation

In response to the findings, top Democrats pledged to prioritize their focus on climate change when they control the House in 2019 though they stopped short of offering a detailed agenda.

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House GOP Floats Bill To Create National Octane Standard, Phase Out RFS

House Republicans are floating draft legislation that would create a national standard to boost the octane rating of fuel in order to promote ethanol while phasing out EPA's contentious renewable fuel standard (RFS) program, on the eve of the agency's release of its 2019 RFS goals for producing ethanol and other fuels.

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Key House Democrats Launch Early Scrutiny Of EPA Climate Rule Rollbacks

Top Democrats on the House energy committee aren't waiting until they officially take control of the chamber in the next Congress before starting aggressive oversight of Trump EPA climate rule rollbacks -- an effort that appears to both signal plans for 2019 as well as preserve jurisdiction in the event that party leaders create a special climate panel.

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EPA Region 4 chief resigns after ethics law indictment

Trey Glenn was indicted this month on multiple counts of violating Alabama's ethics laws for his role, prior to joining the agency, in urging EPA to keep a contaminated site off the Superfund National Priorities List.

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Senate EPW sets hearing on Dunn's nomination as EPA toxics chief

The hearing tees up a confirmation vote by the end of the current lame-duck session on EPA Region 1 Administrator Alexandra Dapolito Dunn's nomination to head the agency's toxics office.

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Democrats' State-Level Gains May Test EPA's 'Federalism' In Trump Era

Democrats' state-level gains are likely to drive new efforts to strengthen climate, water and other rules in the face of the Trump EPA's deregulatory agenda -- potentially easing environmentalists' concerns about the agency's push to shift more responsibility to states and testing the Trump administration's commitment to cooperative federalism, sources say.

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