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Democrats Eye CRA To Rescind Trump Rollbacks, Despite Uncertainties

Democrats are widely expected to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to target at least some Trump administration environmental rollbacks next year if they sweep the November elections, with sources suggesting the law’s bar on issuing “substantially” similar measures to repealed rules will not preclude the effort.

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Rep. Johnson demands EPA brief House science panel on ash rules

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), chairwoman of the House science committee, says EPA’s pending coal ash rules rest on “inadequate” environmental-justice analysis.

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GAO calls for EPA to revisit 21 ‘priority’ policy recommendations

The unaddressed high-priority recommendations include four items from recent climate reports where EPA either rejected the Government Accountability Office input outright or declined to respond.

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Democrats Warn Against Fossil Fuel Climate Liability Relief In Virus Bill

Dozens of House Democrats are warning congressional leaders against giving the fossil fuel industry liability relief regarding its role in contributing to climate change as part of a future bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, though industry officials say they are likely to seek relief only for activities directly related to the health crisis.

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Rep. Harris urges EPA review of study on PM2.5 link to COVID-19

The Maryland Republican’s request gives EPA an opening to push back against claims that high fine particulate matter air pollution levels increase the likelihood of death from COVID-19.

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As Senate Returns, Environment Panel Eyes EPA Water Program Changes

With senators returning to Capitol Hill this week, the environment panel is poised to begin moving water infrastructure legislation that environmentalists and drinking water utilities are eyeing as a vehicle to address concerns with perfluorinated chemicals, an EPA water infrastructure financing program and COVID-19 financial concerns.

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EPA hires new congressional affairs staffer with House focus

Todd Washam, vice president of public policy and industry relations with Air Conditioning Contractors of America, is poised to start May 4 in EPA’s congressional affairs office.

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Lawmakers seek GAO study of EPA response to algal blooms

A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers says “Congress must ensure that taxpayer dollars are used effectively and efficiently” to address harmful algal blooms.

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Carper warns EPA against ‘permanent’ virus regulatory waivers

The top Senate environment committee Democrat is urging EPA against extending compliance relief offered during the COVID-19 crisis beyond the duration of the pandemic.

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Lawmakers Distinguish ‘Regular’ Infrastructure Bills From COVID-19 Push

House and Senate lawmakers are noting bipartisan support for moving traditional water infrastructure bills on a regular schedule, even while House Democrats and Senate Republicans spar over whether targeted aid to water utilities should be included in future COVID-19 assistance packages.

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