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House Panel Eyes Broad Climate ‘Justice’ Provisions For Infrastructure Bill

House Democrats are weighing a wide range of measures addressing climate impacts on minority and low-income neighborhoods in their upcoming infrastructure legislation, including measures to bolster waste cleanups, tighten coal ash disposal rules, reform permitting and strengthening enforcement of EPA rules, among other proposals.

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OIG finds EPA discouraged EtO risk communication to residents

EPA’s Office of Inspector General is dissatisfied with the agency’s efforts to improve communication about the health risks of ethylene oxide (EtO) to people living near facilities that use the solvent.

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Democrats’ Superfund Tax Strategy Unclear In Face Of Industry Opposition

Some lawmakers and environmentalists are expressing optimism about a push for reinstating expired industry taxes to fund the Superfund trust fund, given the Biden administration’s endorsement of the idea in its infrastructure plan, but the political strategy for achieving the goal is unclear in the face of early and growing opposition from business groups.

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Grassley calls for biofuels aid in Biden infrastructure plan

Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley wants the Biden administration to boost biofuels and not just electric vehicles as a climate mitigation strategy in its $2 trillion infrastructure plan.

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Despite Lawmakers’ Demands, PFAS Bill Leaves Many TSCA Limits To EPA

The bipartisan group of lawmakers seeking strict limits on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is backing legislation that would require EPA to take only some of the steps they have previously sought to regulate the chemicals under TSCA, leaving their push for a “phase-out” of their existing uses up to the agency’s discretion.

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State Water Regulators Outline Policy Priorities For Infrastructure Funding

A coalition of five groups representing state environmental officials with responsibility for clean water and drinking water infrastructure is urging Congress to significantly increase funding for water infrastructure, detailing policy priorities to maximize federal investments including flexibility on how and when states spend the money.

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Senate confirms Mallory as Biden CEQ chief

Three Senate Republicans joined all 50 Democrats to approve Brenda Mallory’s nomination to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

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Limited Questions For ENRD Nominee Might Suggest Easy Confirmation

Todd Kim, President Joe Biden’s nominee to run the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Environment & Natural Resources Division (ENRD), faced limited questions at his Senate confirmation hearing and a key Republican said Kim is “a lot less controversial” than a DOJ civil rights nominee, suggesting he might easily win Senate approval.

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ACC opposes bipartisan House bill to force EPA PFAS rules

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is opposing the bipartisan House bill, introduced April 13, that would set requirements for EPA to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Bipartisan House PFAS Bill Adds To Pressure On EPA For Regulations

A bipartisan pair of House lawmakers has reintroduced comprehensive, bipartisan legislation that would mandate EPA to develop waste and water regulations for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), eyeing potentially improved prospects for the bill under the Biden administration and Democratic-controlled Congress.

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