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Candidates Urged To Expand High Court Due To Climate Law Threats

Progressive academics are urging Democratic presidential candidates to back calls to add more seats to the Supreme Court, charging that even if they win the 2020 election and are able to usher in sweeping climate change legislation, the current justices are “poised to strike down key aspects of any conceivable” climate law.

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EPA headed for CR as Senate weighs spending bill

Expected passage of the stop-gap spending bill means lawmakers will have until Nov. 21 to resolve differences over House-approved restrictions on EPA deregulatory measures.

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Rejecting EPA Efforts, House Panel Broadly Backs Regional Programs

Rejecting Trump administration efforts to eliminate EPA regional program, the House transportation committee in a strong bipartisan vote has approved several bills to create new or reauthorize existing programs focused on regional waterbodies, seeking to provide Puget Sound and the San Francisco Bay with focused attention like the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes.

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Science Rule Schedule Slips As EPA Readies Supplemental, Wheeler Says

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told the House science committee Sept. 19 that the agency’s schedule for issuing its controversial rule barring regulators from relying on scientific research that is not published has slipped as the agency is preparing to issue a supplemental proposal in early 2020.

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Governors Press Congress To Back PFAS Measures In Defense Bill

A bipartisan group of 15 governors is pressing leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees to back measures in pending defense authorization legislation that would require EPA and the Defense Department (DOD) to set policies to regulate the chemicals, curb releases and clean up contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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EPA Grappling With ‘Typical Year’ Standard For Revised CWA Regulation

EPA is currently unable to finalize its pending rule revising the reach of the Clean Water Act (CWA) as it is grappling with major legal, scientific and policy questions raised by stakeholders, including the standard to use for defining the law’s reach over sources that contribute to waters in a “typical year,” water chief David Ross told House lawmakers at a Sept. 18 oversight hearing.

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NRDC blasts highway bill’s NEPA waiver for gas ‘gathering lines’

The environmental group’s criticism comes as top senators are trying to reach agreement on how to pay for their $287 billion reauthorization of the federal highway program.

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House Democrats target Trump CWA policies at T&I hearing

Ahead of a Sept. 18 oversight hearing, Democratic leaders of a key House committee are highlighting the Trump administration’s efforts to “radically alter the effectiveness of the Clean Water Act.”

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House Democrats probe EPA’s expert adviser ‘pool’ for NAAQS reviews

House Democrats are pressing their investigation of EPA’s treatment of science, questioning the agency over its selection of an air expert pool to assist with federal air standards reviews.

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Senators plan new bipartisan climate caucus

Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), who is poised to launch the caucus with Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) in the coming weeks, argues climate change should be a “bridge issue” between the two parties.

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