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Agriculture sector urges Congress to press EPA on crop GHGs

“Recently, a senior EPA official admitted to our coalition chair that EPA has no meaningful plan to address biogenic CO2 from annual crops,” says a letter to Midwestern lawmakers from the Biogenic CO2 Coalition.

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House Democrats float EJ funding, state aid in new virus bill

The proposal includes $500 billion in emergency aid for states, where decimated tax revenues could threaten environmental programs.

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Carper Warns EPA Against Virus Delay For Wood Stove Air Rule Deadline

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) is warning EPA against its plan to delay a looming May 15 deadline for retailers to sell wood stoves that do not meet strict air limits, saying it could worsen air quality and faulting the agency’s apparent justification of issuing the delay to give retailers economic relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NRDC Launches Suit Over EPA Rule Scrapping HFC Leak Requirements

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is filing suit over EPA’s decision to scrap Obama-era standards to fix leaks on equipment that use hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants that act as potent greenhouse gases, a policy that has earned bipartisan support on the Hill.

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Top Democrats offer bill to block Trump WOTUS rule

The measure is unlikely to advance this year but does signal Democrats’ plans should they sweep the November elections.

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House Memo Says EPA Unable To Answer Key Queries On Science Rule

EPA officials are unable to answer fundamental questions about how the Trump administration’s controversial proposed rule limiting the use of some scientific studies in agency decisions would be implemented or legally justified, according to a memo Democratic staff prepared for lawmakers, intensifying criticism of the controversial proposal.

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Environmentalists seek virus stimulus funds for mine cleanups

Whether funding for abandoned mine cleanup gains traction remains to be seen, though environmentalists note that western regions face a significant burden of cleaning up old mines and need dedicated funding.

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Bipartisan group of senators urges Trump to deny 2020 RFS waiver

Pro-biofuels senators are fighting oil-state governors’ request for EPA to grant a waiver from refiners having to meet 2020 renewable fuel standard production mandates due to economic harm.

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Watchdog seeks EPA data on climate impacts at Superfund sites

American Oversight, which has heavily investigated the Trump administration through FOIA litigation, says it seeks to “shed light on whether and to what extent EPA is preparing for climate change-related risks at Superfund sites.”

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Carper Seeks CWA PFAS Deal As Amendment Fails To Win GOP Support

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the top Democrat on the Senate environment committee, is seeking to reach a deal with his Republican counterpart on limiting discharges of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the Clean Water Act after the committee advanced a water infrastructure package without the PFAS language Carper had sought.

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