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Grijalva Seeks Documents Showing ‘Excessive’ Industry Role In NEPA Plan

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) is demanding that the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) provide documentation of communications it had with oil companies in developing its controversial proposal to scale back how agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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Large Drinking Water Utilities Urge Resiliency Funding In House Climate Bill

Large municipal drinking water utilities are questioning House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders on why they excluded from their draft climate legislation reauthorization for an EPA program intended to help small community water systems prepare for the impacts of climate change and extreme weather when other drinking water programs were included.

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BPC Sides With Industry On NEPA Rule To Boost Clean Energy Projects

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a group that agrees with environmentalists on the need to address climate change, is nonetheless siding with industry in support of the Trump administration’s controversial proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), arguing reform is needed to spur clean energy projects.

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EPA Poised To Send Long-Awaited Biogenic CO2 Proposal For OMB Review

EPA is sending its long-awaited proposal setting criteria for biomass to be considered carbon neutral when burned for energy, and potentially when used in agricultural applications, to the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) for inter-agency review as soon as Feb. 21, sources say.

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Democrats blast EPA’s plan to craft PFAS standards

The lawmakers say EPA’s plan does not address enough chemicals and it will take years before final standards are approved.

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EPA Sees Drop In Cleanup Completions Amid Uncertainty On Slowdowns

New EPA data showing its Superfund site “construction completions” were the lowest in decades, on top of its recent report showing the largest backlog of sites awaiting construction starts, is again raising questions about the adequacy of the program’s funding while highlighting the absence of broader data on why the slowdown is occurring.

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IRS Policy Earns CCS Backers’ Praise But Omits Details On CO2 Storage

The IRS has released long-awaited guidance on implementing expanded tax credits for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects that embraces CCS backers’ calls to allow up to six years to complete eligible projects, though it is delaying action on thornier issues such as how operators certify emissions are stored over the long term.

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Democrats’ Gas-Focused CES Faulted But Study Sees Air Quality Benefits

Some environmentalists are criticizing a plan floated by Democrats on the House energy panel because it includes a clean energy standard (CES) with partial credit for natural gas but a new study suggests their CES could cut more criteria pollutants than a competing plan without such credit, highlighting tradeoffs in power sector climate policy.

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Senate Democrats press Wheeler on PFAS action plan update

Thirty Senate Democrats are expressing disappointment that many commitments in year-old EPA’s PFAS action plan “remain unfulfilled,” including drinking water and waste regulatory determinations for key chemicals.

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GAO urges EPA, congressional action on climate resilience

A new Government Accountability Office report urges EPA to create a technical assistance network and Congress to require climate resiliency considerations in federally funded water infrastructure projects.

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