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Sen. Whitehouse urges climate commission to probe Trump actions

Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) says the United States cannot just “move on” from Presidential Donald Trump’s actions of “climate denial and obstruction.”

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Democrats’ Expected Senate Control Gives New Opening For Biden EPA

Expected victories by the Democratic candidates in a pair of Senate runoffs in Georgia mean the party is poised to wrest narrow control of the upper chamber later this month, likely easing the confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks and softening any Capitol Hill oversight of his environmental agenda.

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Quoted: EPA science transparency rule draws mixed reaction

EPA’s final scientific transparency rule is drawing a mixed reaction, with the free-market think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute offering support for the regulation but environmentalists and Democrats.

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Omnibus Law Phasing Down HFCs Expected To Drive Safer Alternatives

The omnibus spending law President Donald Trump enacted Dec. 27 includes language directing EPA to sharply curtail the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), the class of chemicals used for refrigeration and other purposes, a policy that backers believe will drive safer alternatives that have a lower global warming potential (GWP).

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Rep. Richmond floats grants bill to reduce chemical plant HAPs

The House lawmaker’s bill would authorize EPA and states to provide grants to mitigate hazardous air pollutant releases from chemical plants and relocate residents adversely affected by toxic air pollution.

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Trump Vetoes Defense Policy Bill With Key Climate, Toxics Provisions

President Donald Trump has vetoed the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill that includes several environment provisions concerning the Defense Department’s (DOD) cleanup of toxic substances and climate change adaptation.

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Omnibus Deal Offers Biden Initial Climate Wins But Omits Broad Authority

The broad year-end spending and policy deal Congress approved this week includes provisions that Democrats say are significant advances in cutting carbon emissions and promoting clean energy, though it falls short of comprehensive climate mitigation authority that may remain elusive for the incoming Biden administration.

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Trump threatens to upend FY21 omnibus deal

Even though White House officials earlier suggested President Donald Trump would sign the $2.3 trillion omnibus package Congress approved this week, he is now expressing dissatisfaction with it.

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Final FY21 Spending Deal Includes Boost for Numerous EPA Programs

Lawmakers are releasing a final fiscal year 2021 spending deal that would provide EPA with an almost 2 percent funding boost above current levels, while retaining several policy riders from prior years but not an array of new restrictions that House Democrats had proposed.

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GOP senator vows ‘brawl’ over Biden’s environment nominees

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) criticized EPA Administrator-designate Michael Regan for rejecting a proposed gas pipeline in North Carolina, where he has been environment secretary since 2017.

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