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Upcoming House Bill To Prod Agency Focus On 2050 GHG Target

Over 100 House Democrats are poised to formally endorse legislation setting a national goal of a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050 and urging federal agencies to take early steps to meet that target using existing authority, part of an effort to craft a broad legislative agenda and mobilize advocacy around climate policy.

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Lawmakers inching toward agreement on PFAS measures

While an agreement has been reached on when the Defense Department must phase out certain types of firefighting foam containing PFAS, lawmakers have are still at odds over a key Superfund provision.

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House Democrats Seek To Bolster Expected Suits Over EPA Science Rule

House science committee Democrats sought to use their Nov. 13 hearing on EPA’s controversial proposed science transparency rule to bolster all but certain litigation over any final measure, though the agency witness largely declined to discuss details of a leaked draft supplemental proposal that has drawn scathing criticisms.

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C2ES, With Industry Backing, Floats Roadmap For Net-Zero GHG Target

An environmental group is partnering with over 20 major corporations to float a detailed policy roadmap for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, including calling for an economy-wide carbon price and a suite of low-carbon policies implemented by EPA, other federal agencies and states.

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Carbon ‘dividend’ bill would drive major GHG cuts

Analysis by Columbia University and a consulting firm finds a carbon tax bill floated by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) could cut economy-wide greenhouse gases by up to 38 percent by 2030, from 2005 levels.

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EPA’s Leopold rejects IG claims in inquiry dispute

The agency’s general counsel says the Office of Inspector General is entitled to documents as part of its investigations, but not necessarily interviews.

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Fearing Increases, DOD Seeks To Track Services’ PFAS Cleanup Costs

A top Defense Department (DOD) official is asking the military services to account for recent costs related to investigating and cleaning up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), an effort that comes after officials acknowledged that their earlier estimates fell short.

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IG challenges EPA legal opinion in staff chief inquiry

Acting Inspector General Charles Sheehan is accusing EPA General Counsel Matthew Leopold of giving the agency “wide and wholesale evasions” of its statutory duty to cooperate with IG investigations.

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Senators eye penalty bill fix to ease responders’ concerns over facility risk

Firefighters fear the Senate small business bill could put first responders and communities at risk if recordkeeping failures occur at chemical facilities housing hazardous materials.

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Bipartisan Senate climate caucus adds six members

New caucus members include Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Angus King (I-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO).

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