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House Republicans warn Federal Reserve on climate signals

A group of House Republicans is raising concerns “about the Federal Reserve Board potentially introducing climate change scenarios into its supervisory stress test of regulated banks.”

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Researchers Back ‘Clean Products Standard’ As Carbon Tax Alternative

The independent research firm Rhodium Group is floating a “clean products standard” (CPS) for industrial manufacturers, arguing the market-based policy might be politically more favorable than a carbon tax and is needed because the sector will soon surpass transportation and power generation as the country’s largest greenhouse gas emitter.

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New CDC Study Slated To Assess PFAS Effects On COVID Vaccine Efficacy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a series of studies to assess the excess risks from the coronavirus faced by those exposed to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including a new study of healthcare workers and first responders that could help determine vaccine efficacy and duration just as the first vaccines are poised for approval.

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CARB Tightens HFC Limits For Cooling Equipment, But Eases Deadlines

The California air board is advancing a sweeping set of rules requiring manufacturers of refrigeration and air conditioning (A/C) systems to dramatically reduce the use of high global warming-potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), but it is also relaxing several key deadlines in response to industry opposition.

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Environmentalists again push to scrap biomass budget rider

Congress for several years has included a policy rider in spending bills directing EPA and other agencies to treat forest biomass as carbon neutral, but environmentalists are pushing to scrap the policy.

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Trump EPA Aims To Shield Air Cost-Benefit Rule From Biden, Hill Attacks

The Trump EPA is making several legal and political arguments in an effort to shield its newly finalized rule rewriting Clean Air Act cost-benefit review procedures from reversal by the incoming Biden administration or Capitol Hill, including that the rule is procedural and thus exempt from the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

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GAO Urges EPA To Modernize Aging Air Quality Monitoring System

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is urging EPA to develop a “modernization plan” to preserve and improve the country’s aging air pollution monitoring system that is a crucial part of the agency’s broader mission to improve air quality.

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Congress Omits Major EPA Infrastructure Funding From WRDA Legislation

House and Senate lawmakers have removed language from a conferenced version of water resources legislation that would have authorized billions of dollars in new funding for EPA water infrastructure programs, opting to limit the bill to Army Corps of Engineers provisions and prompting wastewater utilities to call the action a “disservice” to utilities.

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House members press for funding to bolster EPA PFAS work

A bipartisan group of 58 House members is urging appropriations committee leaders in both chambers to back various funding measures to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

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Prospects Uncertain For Congressional Action On Infrastructure Package

Despite bipartisan support for water infrastructure and other types of infrastructure funding, former congressional staff say the prospects for comprehensive infrastructure legislation in the next Congress appear limited although targeted funding could be included in a potential economic stimulus package.

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