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House lawmakers press to include PFAS measures in stimulus bill

“These provisions will hold those who discharge PFAS responsible for those discharges and ensure that communities are not left to clean up pollution they did not cause,” the lawmakers say.

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Senate Plan To Phase Down HFCs Highlights Chemical Industry Split

As the Senate environment committee resumes consideration of a controversial plan for phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), chemicals used in refrigeration equipment which have a high global warming potential (GWP), the measure is highlighting divisions within the chemical industry.

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Air Force PFAS Study Drives New Calls For EPA’s CERCLA Designation

The Air Force’s recent decision to steer funds for addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at a former Michigan base toward more study, rather than cleanup, is giving lawmakers further reason for pushing EPA to designate the chemicals as Superfund hazardous substances -- as it could force polluter-driven cleanups including at military sites.

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House Democrats cite COVID-19 in call to undo EPA air rollbacks

A group of 84 House Democrats is faulting EPA for air pollution rollbacks that disproportionately impact poor and minority communities also hit harder by COVID-19 than others.

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Rep. Kildee faults Air Force’s use of PFAS funds on study, not cleanup

The lawmaker is also pledging to pursue additional funding for cleaning up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at contaminated sites.

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Aiming To Unify Democrats, Biden Calls For ‘Aggressive’ GHG Rules

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic candidate for president, is reiterating his pledge to require “aggressive” new climate change regulations for vehicles and the oil and gas sector if he is elected in November, while also issuing a new promise to hold a global climate summit early in his administration.

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EPA Deregulatory Agenda Speeds Ahead But Possible COVID Hurdles Await

EPA continues to advance its deregulatory efforts and is largely rejecting calls from environmentalists and others to halt a suite of rulemakings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but industry attorneys are warning that does not mean the widespread disruptions caused by the virus will spare the agency’s efforts.

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Senators Seek To Boost EPA Water Funds, Bolstering Infrastructure Push

Bolstering prospects that lawmakers may approve some infrastructure funding legislation once the pandemic eases, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) has unveiled a pair of draft bipartisan bills to boost funding for EPA’s clean water and drinking water infrastructure program.

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Water Utilities Seek Congressional Limits On Potential Federal Shutoff Ban

Large municipally owned drinking water utilities are urging Congress not to adopt a national ban on water utility shutoffs in future COVID-19 legislation, though if lawmakers do pursue such a policy, they should ensure needy customers are not left in greater debt.

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House Democrats seek changes to EPA enforcement discretion policy

Top House Democrats are urging EPA to establish an end date for the controversial policy and publicly post any compliance obligations that were changed using the guide.

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