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Final FY21 Spending Deal Includes Boost for Numerous EPA Programs

Lawmakers are releasing a final fiscal year 2021 spending deal that would provide EPA with an almost 2 percent funding boost above current levels, while retaining several policy riders from prior years but not an array of new restrictions that House Democrats had proposed.

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GOP senator vows ‘brawl’ over Biden’s environment nominees

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) criticized EPA Administrator-designate Michael Regan for rejecting a proposed gas pipeline in North Carolina, where he has been environment secretary since 2017.

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Congress Poised To Enact Broad EPA Program Establishing HFC Limits

Capitol Hill lawmakers are unveiling a long-awaited deal directing EPA to sharply curtail the production and use of potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), with final enactment of the measure virtually assured given that it is part of a broader year-end spending deal between the GOP and Democrats.

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EPA rejects GAO recommendations on lead line replacements

The agency faults the Government Accountability Office for failing to recognize actions it plans to take when its lead and copper drinking water rule is finalized in the coming weeks.

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Report says carbon tax more cost-effective than GHG rules

A report commissioned by the Climate Leadership Council finds the group’s carbon tax plan is a more cost-effective way to achieve major carbon reductions than a regulatory approach.

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Graham may seek Senate vote on Paris Agreement

Conservative groups that have long opposed the Paris Agreement support the strategy as one effort to undermine international climate mitigation efforts.

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OMB approves EPA PFAS waste disposal guidance

The White House Office of Management & Budget has cleared EPA’s interim guidance for disposal and destruction of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) for release ahead of a Dec. 20 statutory deadline.

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EPA defends HFC leak rule rollback but Biden might undo decision

The Trump administration is defending its decision not to require leak reduction mandates for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), but the Biden administration or Congress could undo the action.

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Lawmakers Poised To Unveil Deal On HFC, Low-Carbon Energy Measures

Capitol Hill lawmakers appear poised to unveil sweeping legislation that would direct EPA to phase down planet-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) while also including provisions to boost carbon capture and other low-carbon technologies, alongside must-pass spending legislation for the remainder of fiscal year 2021.

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Pelosi renews House select climate change panel

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says the committee in the next Congress will focus on enacting “solutions” with the incoming Biden administration.

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