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EPA Resumes Regional Reorganization, Efficiency Plans After Shutdown

EPA is moving quickly after the end of the government shutdown to resume its plan for reorganizing the agency's 10 regional officials to more closely mirror headquarters' divisions, an effort aimed at improving EPA's efficiency that has drawn inquiries from Congress and concern from union officials that it might weaken programs like enforcement.

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House Democrats float bill to preserve Obama-era vehicle GHG rules

The bill would preserve strict Obama-era standards through model year 2025, while also prohibiting EPA and the Transportation Department from creating “loopholes” in the rules.

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House Hearings To Build Case For Climate Action Ahead Of Policy Details

House Democrats are rolling out a blitz of hearings on the implications of climate change, seeking to highlight such threats in order to build a case for policy to reduce greenhouse gases, while also creating a contrast with the Trump administration on the issue in advance of more complicated efforts to reach consensus on climate legislation.

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EPW Approves Wheeler But Democrats Seek Policy Deals Before Floor Vote

The Senate environment panel in a 11-10 party line vote has approved Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler's nomination to head the agency permanently, but Democrats who were unable to block his nomination proceeding are hoping to win concessions on top EPA policy changes before agreeing not to slow a full Senate floor vote.

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EPA Eyes Rule Defining Biomass Energy As BACT In Clean Air Permits

EPA is considering issuing a rule to define biomass feedstocks as the best available control technology (BACT) for controlling greenhouse gas emissions in Clean Air Act permits because the agency would consider the fuel carbon neutral, though environmentalists would likely offer strenuous opposition to such a rule.

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Wheeler Faces Criticism On MATS Rollback But Senate Confirmation Likely

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) is urging Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to drop his rollback of the Obama-era power plant air toxics rule as a condition for winning support to be permanent agency chief, but his confirmation appears likely regardless and supporters of the rule are eyeing other options to challenge the rollback.

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Rao's Work On EPA Rollbacks Tees Up Fight At Senate D.C. Circuit Hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee's Feb. 5 hearing on White House regulatory chief Neomi Rao's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit tees up a fight over her work on EPA and other agency rollbacks of Obama-era policies, with environmentalists urging senators to block her confirmation.

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EPA Weighing Cost-Benefit, Legal Changes To Revive 'Glider' Truck Relief

EPA has not dropped its efforts to ease rules on manufacturers of “glider” trucks that combine a new chassis with a used drivetrain despite having appeared to put the issue on the back burner, with acting chief Andrew Wheeler telling senators that officials are mulling tweaks to its legal justification and its cost-benefit approach to justify some type of softer limits.

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Wheeler Faces Bipartisan Concerns On PFAS Ahead Of Confirmation Vote

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is facing bipartisan concerns from 20 senators ahead of an upcoming confirmation vote over the agency's expected decision to refrain from establishing enforceable drinking water standards for two of the most common perfluorinated compounds, putting pressure on the agency to reverse course.

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House Democrats seek PV29 data EPA calls trade secret

The Democrats' request echoes environmentalists' charges that the revised TSCA does not allow EPA to withhold health and safety studies by claiming they are confidential business information.

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