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Wheeler Warns Hazardous Substance Listing For PFAS ‘Nearly Impossible’

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says it would be “nearly impossible” to implement a high-profile measure in the pending fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill that would require EPA to designate all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the Superfund law within one year, triggering liability for parties that contributed to releases.

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House Panel Advances Asbestos, PFAS Bills On Primarily Partisan Vote

A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel has advanced on a primarily partisan basis a bill to ban all uses of asbestos and a package of 13 bills to deal with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though one PFAS bill drew broad bipartisan support and Republicans said they are open to negotiating with Democrats on several others before a full committee vote.

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Amid Uncertain Outlook, Senate Spending Panel Moves EPA FY20 Bill

The full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a fiscal year 2020 spending bill for EPA and several other agencies that funds the agency at $9.01 billion, a $161 million boost over current levels that includes either modest increases or flat funding for numerous EPA programs.

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Senate EPW backs CSB nominee but vacancies raise concerns

The Senate environment panel has approved President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Chemical Safety Board (CSB), though a key GOP senator wants Trump to fill other current and pending CSB vacancies.

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Democrats float resolution backing California auto GHG rules

Dozens of Democrats in both the House and Senate are backing a resolution that supports Obama-era auto greenhouse gas rules and the ability of California to set stronger requirements.

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House Energy Panel PFAS Bills May Boost Defense Legislation Provisions

A House Energy and Commerce panel is scheduled to mark up a package of 13 bills dealing with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that includes provisions contained in House and Senate defense bills, asserting the committee’s jurisdiction over the subject and potentially boosting support for the measures in the final defense bill.

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House Democrats poised to advance asbestos bill

While Republican had signaled a willingness to reach a deal, the bill currently lacks GOP support, raising doubts about how or whether a Senate companion will advance.

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Chamber launches climate policy task force

“This task force will enable us to become smarter about the impact of both existing policies and future proposals on the business community,” the group said in a statement.

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Wheeler Pledge To Block California Highway Funds Draws State Concern

State officials are expressing surprise at EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s unprecedented threat to withhold California’s highway funds and concern that the agency may try to apply similar approaches to numerous other states with air quality problems.

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Senate Appropriators Seek FY20 EPA Funding Boost, Limit Riders

Senate appropriators are advancing an EPA fiscal year 2020 spending bill that would boost funding for the agency by $161 million over current spending levels, a first step toward reaching a conference with House lawmakers on the measure, though the Senate bill provides EPA with $500 million less than the House version.

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