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BlueGreen’s GHG Plan Adds Details But Labor Unions Remain Divided

The BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of labor and environmental groups, has unveiled an ambitious climate change platform that includes more details than what was included in Democrats’ Green New Deal (GND), though the measure continues to divide coal-sector and other groups over who aggressively to limit emissions

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Hill Democrats float ‘climate emergency’ resolution

The proposed resolution says climate change “demands a national, social, industrial and economic mobilization of the resources and labor of the United States at a massive scale.”

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Senate Democrats float national renewable power standard

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), the bill’s main sponsor, says his proposed renewable electricity standard would ensure over half of the country’s power comes from renewables by 2035.

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House panel eyes EPA estuary panel reauthorization

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee appears likely to move a legislative package, perhaps by the end of the year, to reauthorize several related EPA estuary restoration programs.

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House Bill Would Require EPA To Set PFAS Effluent Limits By 2022

Democratic House lawmakers from New Hampshire have introduced legislation to require EPA to develop Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent limits for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by 2022, drawing praise from environmentalists but raising questions about the agency’s ability to meet the deadline given a current lack of data.

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Peter Wright edges closer to Senate confirmation vote

The Senate could vote as soon as July 9 on the nomination of the former Dow Co. lawyer to lead EPA’s waste office.

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Senate approves PFAS, CCS measures on defense bill

Passage of the bill sets up a likely showdown with the House, which is expected to adopt different stances on the PFAS and CCUS provisions included in the Senate bill.

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Senators urge EPA to project greater GHG cuts from ethanol

Pro-ethanol senators are calling on EPA to adopt Agriculture Department analysis showing the greenhouse gas reductions benefits of corn ethanol are larger than EPA has so far estimated.

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Many Observers Downplay Impact Of Wehrum’s Exit On EPA Agenda

Several industry and other observers are downplaying the implications of Bill Wehrum’s imminent departure from the helm of EPA’s air office on the Trump administration’s broader deregulatory agenda, given that numerous rollbacks of air toxics standards, air permitting and vehicle greenhouse gas limits are already underway.

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House Weighs Host Of PFAS Restrictions As Senate Limits Debate

House Democrats are floating a series of amendments to a pending defense bill that seek to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including one that would address PFAS under the Superfund law, setting up a potential clash with the Senate, where GOP leaders appear to be limiting debate on amendments.

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