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Energy Unions Urge Democrats To Add ‘Transition Fee’ To Climate Bill

Seven heavy-industry trade unions are urging House Democrats drafting ambitious climate change legislation to consider imposing an “energy transition fee,” such as a wires charge on electricity users or a fee on energy production, to provide the revenue stream they say is needed to help displaced workers and to promote carbon-sequestration research.

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Former Officials, Lawmakers Back Suit To Protect State Auto GHG Rules

A bipartisan group of former EPA chiefs and Transportation secretaries, as well as scores of Democratic lawmakers, electric utilities and other groups, are weighing in against the Trump administration’s rule preempting state vehicle greenhouse gas programs, arguing that the move is both illegal and harmful to the public.

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Scrap Industry Floats Policy Options, Backs Manufacturer Recycling Mandates

The scrap recycling industry is recommending a variety of policy options for the Senate environment committee to consider as it weighs potentially new federal action to bolster the struggling recycling market, including voicing support for manufacturer-side recycling mandates that manufacturers have not embraced.

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Senators press GAO to probe EPA water enforcement consistency

California’s two Democratic senators argue that a September 2019 enforcement action against San Francisco “singled out” the city’s water system in contrast to other municipalities.

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House FY21 EPA Bill Boosts Agency Budget, Reverses Trump Rollbacks

House appropriators’ newly unveiled fiscal year 2021 EPA spending bill would boost overall agency funding by roughly 3 percent to almost $9.4 billion, including increases in environmental justice (EJ) and other programs, while also short-circuiting several high-profile Trump administration rollbacks of air, climate and water rules.

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EPA ‘indefinitely’ shelves 2021 RFS rule

The agency is reportedly shelving work on the proposal amid uncertainty on fuel demand due to the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing battles over compliance waivers for small refiners.

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Senate approves CFATS reauthorization, House poised to follow

The Senate’s effort reauthorizes the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, due to expire July 13, for another three years without making any policy changes to the program.

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House Panel Approves Measure Forcing DOD To Meet State PFAS Limits

The House Armed Services Committee has passed legislation that would set several new requirements for how the Defense Department (DOD) addresses per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including a measure to force it to comply with state drinking water and groundwater requirements unless they are weaker than any federal level.

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EPW Senators Push Infrastructure Bill With Climate Resiliency Provisions

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee are urging other Senate committees to help advance EPW’s sweeping transportation infrastructure funding bill that includes first-time major resilience provisions to combat climate change.

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House Democrats question Wheeler on Great Lakes enforcement

A group of 23 House Democrats says EPA is cutting enforcement resources in the Great Lakes region, citing an April report that found lower spending and higher noncompliance rates in the area.

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