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DOD Seeks Support For Private Cleanups, Renews Bid For EPA Rule Waivers

The Defense Department (DOD) earlier this month asked Congress to eliminate measures in federal base closure law that the department says creates a disincentive for private parties to conduct closing base cleanups at sites they acquire.

The department is also renewing its effort for controversial waivers and deferrals from federal environmental laws, though a key House source says the requests "have no life" on Capitol Hill.

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Democrats Questions EPA Over Air Force Rejection Of Cleanup Accords

House Energy & Commerce Committee staff has begun raising questions about the Air Force's refusal in recent years to sign enforceable cleanup agreements with EPA, a pattern that one congressional source says signals lax Superfund enforcement by the agency.

The Air Force's move in recent years to back off from signing any more federal facility agreements (FFAs) governing cleanups was one item discussed in a recent meeting between committee staff and EPA enforcement chief Granta Nakayama, the informed source says. Other details of the meeting were not available at press time.

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Democrats Strengthen Environmental Justice Bill After Grassroots Push

After pressure from grassroots groups, congressional Democrats have strengthened environmental justice legislation from prior draft versions by adding language that could clear the way for lawsuits alleging federal agencies' noncompliance with environmental justice requirements.

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Passage Of EPA FY07 Budget Spawns Major Uncertainty Over Program Funding

EPA's fiscal year 2007 spending bill, part of a joint funding resolution approved by the Senate Feb. 14, creates major uncertainty over the exact levels of funding for most EPA programs, as the resolution sets specific funding levels for just two of the agency's programs.

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GAO Report May Bolster Legislative Push To Reverse EPA TRI Changes

An interim Government Accountability Office (GAO) report finding that EPA ignored its internal rulemaking guidelines in developing controversial changes to the agency's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) requirements could bolster prospects for legislation that would reverse the changes, sources say. GAO's Feb. 6 report finds that EPA ignored its internal rulemaking guidelines in its Dec. 18 final rule that raised the reporting threshold for all chemicals from 500 pounds to 2,000 pounds.

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Democrats Eye Tighter Scrutiny Of New EPA Rule, Risk Review Processes

House Democrats and environmentalists are vowing to push for increased transparency in the implementation of a Bush administration order changing the process for reviewing EPA and other agencies' regulations, as well as pending White House-backed changes to EPA's risk review process, in part because they acknowledge they have few options for blocking the administration's moves outright.

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EPA To Expand Financial Assurance Focus Under Environmental Laws

EPA is expanding its enforcement priorities under federal environmental laws to ensure that companies have adequate financial assurances in place to clean up contamination at polluted sites, according to a top EPA enforcement official.

The effort comes as senators are pressing legislation that would force EPA to strengthen existing financial assurance requirements and develop new ones for a variety of industrial facilities. However, questions remain over whether the bill is necessary now that the agency is vowing to expand its financial assurance enforcement emphasis.

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Kerry Seeks Middle Ground On CO2 Reductions With New Climate Bill

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is touting his new legislation as the middle ground among several competing proposals to deal with climate change, while casting doubt on a more ambitious proposal touted by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA).

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Democrat Lifts EPA Nominee Hold After Agency Tightens Benzene Rule

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is lifting his hold on EPA's general counsel nominee following the agency's last-minute decision to restrict the number of refineries that can buy emissions credits to comply with the agency's new rule on benzene fuel limits, in response to concerns from Northwest lawmakers.

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Draft Bush CAFE Bill Seeks To Limit Court Jurisdiction In Legal Disputes

The Bush administration is circulating a draft bill amending corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) requirements that would give the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit exclusive jurisdiction to hear legal disputes over vehicle efficiency standards and would codify contested standards for light trucks now being challenged in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

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