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Asbestos Ban Supporters Eye Senate After House Panel Backs Compromise

Supporters of legislation banning the use and importation of asbestos under EPA’s toxics authority are gearing up to advance the bill in the Senate after the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted overwhelmingly Nov. 19 to approve a bipartisan compromise, which gives the chlor-alkali industry as much as 10 years to phase-in the ban.

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House Democrats float wide-ranging clean energy tax bill

“This is the one chance we have this year to move true climate legislation,” the Natural Resources Defense Council said in a statement.

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Barrasso Touts Need For CWA 401 Changes But Lacks Timeline For Bill

Senate environment committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) is continuing to tout the need to reform the Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 certification process, holding a second hearing in as many years on the issue, but has yet to plan a markup of his bill to narrow the scope of impacts to water quality from federal permits states may consider.

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National PFAS clearinghouse launched

The announcement on the clearinghouse coincides with the release of “Dark Waters,” a film about the attorney who uncovered DuPont’s attempts to hide PFAS contamination and its decades of scientific findings.

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Senators float bill to support RGGI, other regional programs

Backed by a bipartisan group of Northeast senators, the bill would create an office within EPA to provide technical support and grants for states to join existing or current programs.

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House Democrats add climate measures to pipeline safety bill

The bill would codify Obama EPA methane capture rules that Trump officials have proposed to rescind, while also extending methane standards to new equipment such as gathering lines.

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EPA Rejects Key GAO Calls To Bolster Climate Reviews At Superfund Sites

EPA is largely rejecting Government Accountability Office (GAO) calls to make Superfund sites less vulnerable to climate change impacts, including incorporating climate risks into its long-term strategic plan, though officials agreed to improve processes for defining sites’ boundaries and are weighing whether to reinforce existing tools and resources available to local site teams.

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Grijalva, McEachin float draft environmental justice bill

The draft bill includes multiple provisions that would boost requirements for environmental reviews of major federal actions that affect equity communities.

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EPA Draws Subpoena Over Scrapped IRIS Assessment But Pushes Back

House science committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) has followed through on her long-running threat to subpoena EPA for allegedly withholding data on its decision to drop assessments of 10 chemicals, including formaldehyde, that were being conducted by its Influential Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program.

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House, Senate Democrats float bill to phase out current RFS

The legislation aims to end EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) in its current form, and revise the program as a narrow policy to bolster some advanced biofuels instead of corn ethanol.

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