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House panel poised to boost allowable EPA funding for FY20

The House Appropriations Committee is slated to boost total allowable funding levels for EPA and other agencies in fiscal year 2020, suggesting a potential budget boost for EPA compared to FY19.

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EPA Expands Asbestos SNUR While Curbing Risk Evaluation, Irking Critics

EPA's recently finalized rule regulating renewed uses of asbestos expanded the number of applications subject to regulation but cut some of those applications from a related risk evaluation of existing uses, angering critics who say the agency is further narrowing any future toxics rule on existing uses and shows why a total ban on asbestos is needed.

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States see huge GHG boost from DOE lightbulb rule rollback

The Trump administration's plan to roll back Obama era standards for a suite of common consumer lightbulbs “would unconscionably increase greenhouse gas emissions and consumers' energy costs,” a group of states says.

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Inslee Floats Detailed Plan For Deep GHG Cuts In Power, Transport, Buildings

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) is floating a broad and ambitious climate change platform that has the most detail from any 2020 presidential contender to date, touting an array of goals and policy proposals for slashing greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector, vehicles and buildings.

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Senators’ Call To Cut Ethanol Volumes Signals Upcoming RFS Reset Fight

A group of 15 GOP senators is urging EPA to cut ethanol blending volumes required under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) in the agency’s forthcoming proposal to “reset” statutory volumes for low-carbon cellulosic, signaling a coming fight with biofuel groups that are calling for EPA to increase corn ethanol volumes under the reset.

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Sunrise group backtracks from critique of O'Rourke GHG plan

“We came out a bit too hot on Beto O'Rourke's climate plan,” says an official with the youth-oriented Sunrise Movement, referencing prior critiques of his call for net-zero economy-wide emissions by 2050.

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In Symbolic Move, House Approves Bill Barring Trump Exit From Paris Deal

The House on a mostly party-line vote has approved legislation that would bar President Donald Trump from leaving the Paris climate agreement, with Democrats arguing the bill shows they are committed to reducing greenhouse gases and that Republicans are supporting Trump's hostility toward most climate mitigation efforts.

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GOP senators urge Trump not to ‘reverse course’ on ship fuel sulfur cut

Implementing a ship fuel sulfur content reduction planned for Jan. 1 could benefit the U.S. refining sector, according to a letter from 14 Republican senators to President Donald Trump.

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EPA rejects House request for comments on mine permit review

EPA is refusing a top lawmaker’s request for agency staff comments on a Minnesota mine permit and rejecting claims Administrator Andrew Wheeler “intended to obfuscate” in Hill testimony.

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House Democrats' Delay On Bipartisan CCUS Bill Draws Labor Complaints

House Democrats are sending signals they are in no hurry to advance bipartisan legislation that has been gaining traction in the Senate to further encourage carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), drawing fire from an influential labor group that supports the technology.

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