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DeGette bill targets refinery ‘loophole’ for hydrogen cyanide

Rep. Diana DeGette’s (D-CO) bill aims to force numeric limits for refinery emissions of hydrogen cyanide, ending EPA’s reliance on standards for “surrogate” pollutants such as carbon monoxide.

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Senate Environment Panel Approves Carbon Capture, Diesel Emissions Bills

The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) is advancing two bipartisan bills, the first an effort to promote carbon capture and reuse that reflects Republicans’ reliance on technological innovation to mitigate climate change, and a second to reauthorize a widely popular EPA diesel engine retrofit program.

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Trump Slated To Order EPA To Limit States' Review Power Under CWA 401

Brushing aside concerns from governors and others, President Donald Trump is slated to issue an executive order April 10 that will order EPA to “review and update” its policies governing state reviews of federal projects under section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), with a senior official indicating it will likely curtail states' current review powers.

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Wheeler Draws Democrats' Fire On Vehicle GHG Preemption, GHG Claims

EPA chief Andrew Wheeler is drawing fire from House Democrats over the agency's proposed rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas standards, with lawmakers questioning his claims the plan would not significantly boost GHGs and charging that he has unlawfully prejudged a pending move to preempt California's vehicle program.

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Trump administration said to ramp up embrace of CCS

The move underscores Republicans' reliance on low-carbon “innovation” as an alternative to any policy that requires greenhouse gas cuts.

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Democrats urge action on clean energy tax incentives

The lawmakers say the Trump administration's rollbacks of EPA climate rules creates the need for new incentives to bolster clean energy technologies.

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First House climate panel hearing focuses on youth

“We all have a moral imperative. And you have a constitutional one,” testified Aji Piper, who is one of 21 youth plaintiffs pursuing a high-profile climate trust lawsuit against the Trump administration.

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Democrats Advance Bill To Block Paris Climate Deal Exit On Party-Line Vote

House Democrats have advanced on a party-line vote a leadership-backed bill that would block President Donald Trump's pledge to leave the Paris climate agreement, arguing the measure is an opportunity to force Republican lawmakers to develop their own strategy to tackle climate change.

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Senate GOP cuts nominee debate time, easing path for EPA picks

Republicans' unilaterally cut debate time on nominees -- from 30 hours to just two.

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Democrats See Yawning Gap Between Wheeler's Goals, FY20 Budget

Capitol Hill Democrats are pressuring EPA chief Andrew Wheeler to reconcile what they argue are yawning discrepancies in his generic support for greater environmental protections and the agency's fiscal year 2020 budget request -- which seeks significant cuts -- and other activities that threaten to undercut such protections.

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