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OIG Touts $295 Million Savings For EPA But Sees No Environmental Gains

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) says that at the halfway point of fiscal year 2019 it has more than tripled its target for annual “return on investment” by producing $295 million in cost savings, monetary benefits and additional fines for the agency, but achieved no environmental improvements or regulatory changes in the same period.

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Klobuchar opposes EPA’s RFS small refiner waivers

The Minnesota senator and Democratic presidential candidate wants to curb EPA’s issuance of renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers to small refiners.

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House panel omits biomass rider in EPA’s FY20 bill

The provision has been in EPA’s funding bills for FY18-19, and the agency has justified it to advance a policy finding that biomass fuel from managed forests is carbon neutral.

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As Biden Readies Plan, Democrats Jockey On Climate In 2020 Race

As environmentalists and rival campaigns await a detailed climate change policy rollout from former Vice President Joe Biden, the early front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, less popular candidates are continuing to jockey on the issue as a way to shore up support among primary voters.

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EPA’s infrastructure disaster funds delayed

Opposition from a lone GOP lawmaker is delaying House passage of a disaster relief bill that includes more than $420 million for EPA.

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D.C. Circuit Gives EPA, Refiners Partial Win In Lawsuit Over RFS Waivers

Appellate judges are giving EPA and refiners a partial victory in their bid to dismiss biofuels advocates’ lawsuit contesting the agency’s issuance of renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers for small refiners, ruling to reject challenges to EPA’s policy of allowing retroactive waivers but transferring suits over specific waivers to another court.

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Carper steps up push to claw back Pruitt’s excess travel costs

EPA’s decision to reject the inspector general’s call to seek reimbursement of former Administrator Scott Pruitt’s “excessive” travel costs “essentially writes Mr. Pruitt a blank check,” four Senate Democrats say.

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Former EPA Chiefs Offer ‘Resource’ For House Panel’s Agency Oversight

A bipartisan group of seven former EPA administrators is offering to provide its expertise as a “resource” for House Democrats’ oversight of both the Trump administration’s environmental policy and the agency’s long-term future -- an offer that led directly to a planned oversight hearing in June where four members of the group will testify.

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Democrats ramp up attacks on Trump vehicle GHG plan

House Democrats are advancing a budget rider that would block EPA and the Transportation Department's rollback of vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas rules.

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Democrats tout infrastructure bills as Trump abruptly drops issue

Key House Democrats say they remain committed to working in a bipartisan manner to advance comprehensive infrastructure legislation.

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