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White House Proposes Slashing EPA’s FY21 Budget, Killing 50 Programs

The Trump administration is calling for $6.7 billion for EPA in its fiscal year 2021 budget proposal, a 26 percent cut-in funding over FY20 levels, and elimination of over 50 programs -- a reprise of past budget plans that have been rejected by Congress.

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Signaling Delays, House Seeks More Environmental Fixes In CCUS Bill

House Democrats are seeking fixes to proposed legislation to expand carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) -- including more protection for drinking water and ensuring carbon dioxide is actually kept from the atmosphere -- signaling the need for further negotiations on the bill that could delay moving it this year.

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House Appropriators Weigh Boosting EPA Recycling Funds In FY21 Bill

With the Trump administration slated to release its fiscal year 2021 budget request Feb. 10, House appropriators are signaling that they could use their next spending bill to give more resources to EPA’s recycling program, although waste chief Peter Wright downplayed any need for a funding boost at a recent hearing on the subject.

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Former EPA air official spars with Trump critics over MATS proposal

EPA’s proposal faults the Obama administration for relying on “co-benefits” of reducing criteria air pollutants to justify its rule limiting mercury and other air toxics from power plants.

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Carper, Whitehouse seek answers on EPA treatment of ECOS

The senators say it “would constitute another clear abuse of power” if EPA is delaying or withholding grant funding from ECOS in retaliation for its concerns with EPA’s actions toward state agencies.

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House Democrats question Wheeler over EtO risk estimate

“EPA appears to question the validity of its own IRIS assessment on the health impacts of ethylene oxide,” the lawmakers write.

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As Deadline Looms, Pressure Mounts On Congress To Renew CFATS

Pressure is mounting on Congress to put aside partisan differences and reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program before it expires in April, pressure that is likely to rise in the wake of EPA’s rollback of its related Risk Management Plan (RMP) program.

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NRDC sees ‘promising’ signs in bipartisan CES plan

“The fact that a West Virginia Republican and Oregon Democrat have teamed up reflects a potentially significant shift here in Washington,” argues one attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Chamber urges Trump to embrace low-carbon ‘innovation’

“The Chamber has said very clearly inaction is not an option” on climate change, said a top official ahead of the president’s State of the Union. “We would like to see the president lean in as well.”

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House Republicans tout embrace of climate concerns

“Climate denial is a bad political strategy,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), though a Trump administration official notes President Donald Trump is “not particularly obsessed about climate change.”

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