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EPA Reconsiders Use Of EtO IRIS Value In Rules, Drawing Sharp Criticism

EPA appears to be reconsidering whether to continue using a strict Obama-era risk value for ethylene oxide (EtO) for regulatory purposes, a step that appears to bolster a request from the chemical industry but one that is drawing sharp criticism from congressional Democrats, who are urging the agency to “preserve” the value.

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Amid Dim Prospects, Democrats Eye Climate Options For Infrastructure Bill

As House Democrats move closer to unveiling a long-promised infrastructure bill, supporters and other observers are floating options for how the measure can make good on their promise to address climate change, including a new funding mechanism to replace the fossil-based gas tax and spending on cleaner technologies and resilient infrastructure.

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House members pick science, natural resources panel assignments

Democratic leaders on the House science committee have named their subcommittee chairs and members for the current Congress, along with Republicans on the chamber's Natural Resources Committee.

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Wheeler's Minimal Answers To Senators Offer Few Hints On EPA's Plans

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler's answers to environment panel senators' questions ahead of his confirmation vote adopt a minimal approach offering few hints on EPA's pending regulatory agenda, evading specific responses or commitments on a host of major policies including rollbacks of Obama-era rules.

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EPA's reported PFAS decision raises GOP senator's concerns

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito's (R-WV) concern is raising doubts about acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler's confirmation due to reports the agency has decided not to craft enforceable standards for two PFAS.

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GAO Finds DOE Nuclear Weapons Cleanup Liabilities Jumped $109 Billion

The Energy Department's (DOE) liability for cleaning up the remaining 16 contaminated sites in its nuclear weapons complex jumped $109 billion over the past year, to $377 billion, largely due to updated estimates for addressing high-level radioactive waste at the Hanford reservation in Richland, WA, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a just-released report.

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Democrats ramp up EPA clean air oversight

Democratic leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are ramping up their oversight of the Trump administration's rollback of air quality policies.

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Longest EPA Shutdown Ends With Stopgap Funding, Environmental Fears

EPA is poised to reopen after lawmakers and President Donald Trump agreed to a stopgap measure funding the agency at existing levels through Feb. 15, but there is no guarantee against another shutdown once that funding expires and environmentalists warn the existing shutdown has already caused significant environmental damage.

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Democrats Eye Early Deals On Modest Climate Policies Before Bigger Bills

House Democrats are contemplating bipartisan deals on power grid modernization, fixing pipeline leaks and energy efficiency as initial steps to address climate change, according to a top staffer on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who adds such efforts would come before more ambitious steps to tackle the growing threat.

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Napolitano to head House environment panel

The longtime member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is the new chair of panel with jurisdiction over EPA's clean water programs.

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