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Wheeler seeks DOJ review of U.S. environmental groups as ‘foreign agents’

In response to concerns raised by Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX), EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is asking the Justice Department to review whether U.S. environmental groups should be listed as foreign agents.

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Sen. Lee floats sweeping NEPA overhaul bill

The bill would raise the bar for plaintiffs to show they have standing to bring a legal challenge to projects approved under the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Nichols Issues CARB Equity Plan Amid Talk Of Role As Biden EPA Chief

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is advancing a plan to address alleged racial inequities in its internal operations and broader policies, a plan overseen by the board’s long-time Chairwoman Mary Nichols who is set to retire in December but said to be under consideration to head a potential Biden EPA that would prioritize equity in its decisions.

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Senate Democrats press EPA to implement GAO lead recommendations

Senate Democrats say they are disappointed that EPA to date has not committed to implementing Government Accountability Office recommendations on reducing children’s lead exposures.

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GOP senators from oil refining states ask EPA for broad RFS waiver

A group of 15 Senate Republicans from oil states is urging EPA to curb biofuel blending mandates for 2021, but is likely to face determined resistance from biofuels advocates.

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Despite Political Lift, Backers See Hill, Legal Advantages To Carbon Tax

Supporters of a carbon tax and others are citing key advantages of the policy in the courts and Capitol Hill even as they acknowledge challenges for such a measure under a potential Biden administration --including Democrats’ current focus on other climate policies and Republicans’ longtime allergy to carbon limits.

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House panel probes reasons for PFOA releases at plants

The head of a House oversight subcommittee is pressing two manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to explain why a phased-out chemical is continuing to be discharged from two facilities.

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EPA, Democratic senators spar over potential funding threat to cities

EPA and Senate Democrats are clashing over possible cuts to some cities’ environmental funding that the agency may be planning in response to an order by President Donald Trump.

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Amid Talk Of EPA Post, CARB’s Nichols Seen Prioritizing Climate, Vehicles

Amid reports that Mary Nichols, the long-time chief of the California air board, has the inside track to be EPA administrator under a Biden administration, sources say she would bring decades of experience to a push to aggressively battle climate change and reduce transportation air pollution while reversing Trump-era rollbacks.

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House Democrats’ Ocean Climate Bill Would Ban Drilling, Help Fisheries

House Democrats are floating legislation that would for the first time seek to address the effects of climate change on the oceans, banning new offshore drilling while at the same time upgrading federal ocean management efforts and aiding fisheries by reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions that cause climate change.

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