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Appropriators Spurn GOP Efforts To Scale Back EPA Power, FY20 Budget

House Democrats have rejected Republican attempts to fight funding increases for EPA enforcement or restore riders limiting EPA's authority, a trend that appears likely to repeat itself during subsequent floor action on the agency's fiscal year 2020 spending bill, which is expected in June at the earliest.

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Senators Tout Bipartisanship On PFAS But Barrasso Seeks To Narrow Bills

Environment committee senators are pledging to take a bipartisan approach that includes environmentalists and industry as they seek to address polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) is indicating that while the bills under review enjoy bipartisan support, they will have to be narrowed to win his approval.

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IRS Tees Up Alternative To EPA's CCS Standards For Certifying CO2 Storage

The IRS is soliciting feedback on how it should implement an expanded tax credit for carbon capture and storage (CCS) and formally floating the possibility of allowing companies to use an alternative to EPA rules to certify long-term storage, a move that highlights the crucial issue of how to define permanent sequestration.

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House Democrats, GOP Clash Over Need To Count EPA Air Rule ‘Co-Benefits’

House Democrats and Republicans are clashing over whether EPA should count the “co-benefits” of its air rules in cost-benefit analyses of the policies, a debate that will be key to the future not only of EPA’s power plant air toxics rules but also likely for the agency’s cost-benefit analysis for all future Clean Air Act rulemakings.

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NAS Backs Subclass Review For Flame Retardants, Highlighting PFAS Method

A recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report proposing a clustering approach of grouping flame retardant chemicals into subclasses for risk assessment is highlighting the emerging consensus that EPA and others are considering for addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), another large group of ubiquitous chemicals that are also subject to high-profile public scrutiny.

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Senate Democrats detail climate requests for transportation bill

The lawmakers are seeking $500 million annually for electric and hydrogen vehicle fueling stations, $1 billion for “emissions-reducing transportation plans,” and $1.5 billion for building resilient infrastructure.

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House Ramps Up Scrutiny Of Controversial EPA Science Data, PM Measures

House appropriators are ramping up their scrutiny of some of the Trump EPA's controversial science decisions, all but barring the agency from advancing its data transparency rule until after consulting with its own science advisors and then requiring the agency to seek National Academy of Sciences (NAS) review of any final data rule.

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Carbon tax group grows, touts poll support for 'dividend' plan

Two oil and gas majors are each pledging $1 million for a political group that supports a carbon tax-and-dividend proposal, and the group is releasing new polling results finding wide public support for the plan.

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D.C. Circuit rejects biofuels group’s bid for RFS waiver injunction

The court’s rejection of a biofuels group’s request for an injunction frees EPA to issue up to 40 such “small refiner” exemptions from RFS blending mandates.

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House energy panel to hear from four former EPA administrators

The June 11 hearing will feature Reagan EPA chief Lee Thomas, George H.W. Bush EPA chief William Reilly, George W. Bush EPA Chief Christine Todd Whitman and Obama EPA chief Gina McCarthy.

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