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DOD Braces For Increase In PFAS Site Universe, Cleanup Cost Estimates

As Congress weighs legislation requiring that the Defense Department (DOD) and other liable parties address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), Pentagon officials say they expect the number of contaminated sites and associated cleanup costs to increase beyond past estimates, further boosting DOD’s total cleanup liability.

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Conferees Eye House Measure Curbing DOE Bid To Ease Nuclear Cleanups

As lawmakers prepare to resolve differences in their pending defense bills, they will have to consider an amendment attached to the House version of the bill that would limit the Energy Department’s (DOE) effort to reclassify “high-level radioactive waste” (HLW) and ease associated waste disposal options.

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House panel clears clean energy research bills

The legislation would boost funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), while also creating a new Energy Department program focused on reducing industrial sector carbon emissions.

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Senators seek methane curbs for distribution lines

Democrats are framing the bill as part of a broader response to EPA’s plans to scuttle Obama-era methane rules for the oil and gas sector.

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Carbon Tax Group Bolsters Plan In Bid To Court Environmentalists

An industry-backed group pushing Congress to enact a carbon tax-and-dividend policy is adding significant new details to its proposal, including a new suggestion that it might only seek to preempt EPA’s climate regulatory authority over stationary sources while allowing the agency to retain carbon rules for mobile sources.

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Chemical Companies Back PFAS Policies, Bolstering Legislative Push

DuPont and Chemours, two of the companies significantly involved in per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) issues, are backing a series of legislative amendments requiring EPA to regulate the substances under several environmental laws, bolstering efforts by lawmakers to win passage of the legislation in a pending defense bill.

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Democrat floats CRA resolution targeting ACE climate rule

The Congressional Review Act resolution to block EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy climate rule could boost public critiques of the regulation.

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EPA Groups Take Initial Steps To Bolster Recycling But Face Challenges

A wide-ranging group of stakeholders convened by EPA is moving ahead on initial steps to promote recycling and strengthen materials management infrastructure and secondary materials markets, even as they debate differences over how best to bolster the recycling system in light of major market impacts from China’s import restrictions.

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Returning Congress Expected To Weigh EPA Efforts On Municipal Recycling

When lawmakers return from their August recess, they appear likely to consider EPA efforts to bolster municipal recycling amid concerns over the impacts of China’s import restrictions on recyclable materials and calls from nearly four dozen House Democrats who are pressing EPA to develop a national strategy to aid domestic recycling programs.

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White House Objects To Senate’s Bipartisan PFAS Provisions

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is “strongly” objecting to numerous provisions in Senate-passed defense legislation that would require EPA to craft a series of new drinking water, toxics and reporting rules for perfluorinated chemicals and mandate that the Defense Department (DOD) mitigate its past use of the chemicals.

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