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Trump Announces Plan To Nominate Wheeler As Permanent EPA Chief

President Donald Trump says he intends to nominate acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to lead the agency on a permanent basis, and his confirmation could be eased by the midterm election results in which Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate by one or possibly two seats.

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'Shadow' Reviews By Former CASAC Members Could Help Defend NAAQS

Former members of EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) are planning “shadow” reviews of the agency's ozone and particulate matter (PM) air standards, generating data that could help defend the standards against any Trump administration bid to weaken them through its new, truncated CASAC review process.

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CSB Faces Continued Uncertainty Despite Democrats' House Control

Despite Democrats' control of the House next year, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) faces continued uncertainty about its future as its supporters fear the Trump administration may deprive it of a quorum to operate by not nominating new board members to replace those whose terms expire starting at the end of 2019.

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Senate Backs Deal Retaining EPA Control Of Ballast Water, Limiting States

After years of debate, the Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan deal that that maintains EPA's authority to set ballast water discharge standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and recognizes invasive species concerns in the Great Lakes, but limits most states' ability to set stricter standards.

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Incoming Democratic chairs pledge series of climate hearings

The plans for hearings early next year appear to undercut plans by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to create a select committee on climate change.

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Despite Scientific Uncertainty, ATSDR Chief Backs Strict PFAS Risk Levels

The head of a federal health agency that earlier this year recommended stricter risk levels for perfluorinated chemicals than EPA's told a Senate hearing that regulators face significant scientific uncertainty assessing the substances' risks, and raised doubts about whether federal agencies will be able to reach agreement on the risks.

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EPA Region 4 Chief Indicted, Likely Bolstering Democrats' Ethics Oversight

The indictment of EPA Region 4 Administrator Trey Glenn on criminal charges of violating Alabama's ethics laws is likely to bolster House Democrats' plans to strengthen federal ethics law, which they are already justifying based on concerns that former EPA chief Scott Pruitt was able to escape scrutiny due to inadequate requirements.

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Congress Gears Up For TSCA Oversight But Bipartisan Prospects Limited

Congress is poised to conduct oversight of EPA's efforts to implement the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) but prospects for bipartisan scrutiny of the agency's actions appear limited, sources say, despite broad support for the law's passage and concerns from both industry and environmentalists about different aspects of the program.

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Report: Elections Could Drive New Efforts To Address Lead In Drinking Water

EPA's limited response to the Flint, MI, drinking water crisis has prompted several states in the Northeast and Midwest to enact state laws to address lead contamination in municipal water supplies and schools, and while these state actions still fall short of what is needed, the results of the recent election could drive new state and federal efforts to address the issue, a new report says.

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Latinos push Democrats on climate legislation, poll shows

Environmentalists say Latino voters are disproportionately affected by climate change and want House Democrats to pass climate legislation and block Trump's environmental roll backs.

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