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EPA ‘welcomes’ GAO review of CWA enforcement against San Francisco

EPA says it “would welcome” a Government Accountability Office review of its enforcement against the city, and that evidence will show the case was not a matter of political retaliation as Democrats claim.

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GAO begins review of EPA’s CWA enforcement against San Francisco

Democrats and state officials have charged that EPA used the Clean Water Act to retaliate against California for opposing Trump administration policies on climate and other issues.

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Water sector report urges significant boost for infrastructure investment

The nation risks a $2.9 trillion decline in the gross domestic product as well as billions of dollars of increased healthcare costs unless federal water infrastructure funding is increased, says the report.

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Senate Democrats Eye Killing Filibuster To Move Major Climate Legislation

Top Senate Democrats say they might end the upper chamber’s longstanding requirement to achieve supermajority support to move legislation in order to enact bold climate change policies if they retake the Senate and the White House following the Nov. 3 elections.

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Warren, Markey push Wheeler for COVID-19 enforcement policy details

Massachusetts Democrats Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are raising a host of new questions on the enforcement discretion policy just days before it is set to expire.

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EPA faces bipartisan House call to drop methane air rule

A total of 85 House Democrats, joined by a pair of Republicans, are urging EPA to withdraw its just-finalized rollback of methane standards for oil and gas equipment.

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Progressives Outline Criteria For CRA Push Against Trump EPA Rules

A progressive group is outlining criteria for deciding which Trump administration environmental rollbacks to target under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) if Democrats sweep the Nov. 3 elections, while also pressing for subsequent repeal of the statute because of its longer-term threat to progressive goals.

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House Democrats fault Wheeler’s ‘giveaway’ on EPA coal ash rule

Top Democrats on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee called EPA’s revisions to its coal ash standards a “giveaway to industry” and are seeking details on the rulemaking process.

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IG Elevates Fight With EPA Over Communities’ Risks From EtO Emissions

EPA Inspector General (IG) Sean O’Donnell is launching a formal dispute resolution process with the agency for failing to swiftly inform communities living near 25 ethylene oxide (EtO) emitting facilities of the elevated health risks they face, as House and Senate Democrats separately ramp up pressure on EPA to address risks from EtO.

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DNC Climate Panel Seeks To Boost Traction For Environment In Election

Members of the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) environment and climate panel are seeking to bolster the profile of climate change and environmental justice as part of the party’s virtual national convention, though the issue has not yet been featured in-depth at the event’s main stage.

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