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Congress

Carbon Tax Group Boosts Effort to Court Lawmakers, Outside Groups

A group largely backed by major industries and former Republican officials is ramping up advocacy for a carbon tax-and-dividend plan by releasing a policy “roadmap” with important new details, such as the design of an emissions backstop tool and elaboration on which EPA rules the plan would preempt.

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Benevento tapped as EPA’s deputy administrator

The former state official and top EPA liaison to states could give the agency a more high-profile role at a time of growing agency conflict with mostly Democratic states over the administration’s deregulatory agenda.

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Democrats embrace EPR in broad plastics bill

The bill seeks to shift responsibility for recycling and cleanup to producers in an effort to “put the United States on a path to break free from plastic pollution,” the lawmakers say.

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As Congress Eyes WRDA, EPA Advisors Weigh Increased Stormwater Funds

EPA’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) is poised to finalize this week a series of recommendations calling for increased federal funding and technical assistance for stormwater management that could shape the upcoming congressional debate around water resources legislation that increasingly includes agency programs.

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Senate Democrats Gives EPA Lead Role In Achieving Net-Zero GHG Goal

Nearly three dozen Senate Democrats are introducing new legislation directing EPA to implement a far-reaching plan using its existing Clean Air Act authority to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while including strong labor and environmental justice protections.

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Senate Democrats Give EPA Lead Role In Achieving Net-Zero GHG Goal

Nearly three dozen Senate Democrats are introducing new legislation directing EPA to implement a far-reaching plan using its existing Clean Air Act authority to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while including strong labor and environmental justice protections.

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EPA’s FY21 Budget Again Floats Deep Cuts, Deemed DOA in Congress

The Trump administration’s fiscal year 2021 budget proposes to cut EPA’s budget by 26 percent, including a 16 percent reduction in the agency’s core Environmental Programs and Management (EPM) account, as well as steeper cuts in Superfund, science and other programs, prompting warnings that the plan is dead on arrival in Congress.

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Trump’s FY21 Plan To End Key Chemical Safety Programs Worries Industry

Even as EPA rolls back its facility safety rules, the White House is proposing to eliminate fiscal year 2021 funding for two key chemical safety programs -- the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, worrying industry officials who fear the plan will undermine protections.

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EPA’s Lead Rule Draws Broad Criticisms But Many Doubt Implementation

Former EPA officials, state drinking water regulators and drinking water utilities are raising a series of concerns with EPA’s proposed update to its Safe Drinking Water Act lead and copper rule (LCR), though they agree that aspects of the proposal are unclear and may not be implementable, thereby undermining its effort to cut lead in drinking water.

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Carper blasts EPA for inaction on PFAS

The Democratic senator is giving the Trump Administration a D- grade for implementing its PFAS Action Plan.

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