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Former EPA policy advisor picked to lead Navy environmental programs

Meredith Berger, an Obama-era EPA policy advisor and Navy deputy chief of staff, is President Joe Biden’s planned nominee to oversee the Navy’s environmental programs.

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Regan Forms Senior Staff Council To Bolster Efforts On Tackling PFAS

EPA Administrator Michael Regan has formed a council of senior agency staff to jumpstart strategies to tackle per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), seeking “pragmatic approaches” to protecting the public from the ubiquitous chemicals that will include reviewing ongoing PFAS actions as well as assisting states on PFAS challenges.

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Local governments, union press for massive DOE cleanup funding boost

Local governments and a metal trades union are urging Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and congressional members to back a one-time, massive infusion of cleanup funding for the department.

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GOP House bill would codify Trump WOTUS definition

The legislation is an effort to ensure that any future efforts by administrations to expand the definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS) must first be considered by Congress.

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At FY22 Hearing, Regan Vows Stakeholder Input For New WOTUS Policy

EPA Administrator Michael Regan told a House hearing on the agency’s fiscal year 2022 budget request that he is committed to convening talks with agricultural and environmental groups on crafting a new balanced Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction policy after years of legal battles over competing Obama and Trump-era definitions.

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Fearing Delays, Capito Presses Regan For Details On EPA PFAS Research

Senate environmental panel ranking Republican Shelley Moore Capito (WV) is pressing EPA Administrator Michael Regan for an update on the agency’s per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) efforts, fearing delays for key research programs and stressing what she says is a need to fill data gaps to support regulatory decisions.

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Researchers warn funding limits leave PFAS knowledge gaps

The Delaware River Basin Commission has been able to test for per‐ and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in fish tissue to guide health advisories, but funding limits have left environmental knowledge gaps.

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House Republicans back Senate GOP support of Trump WOTUS rule

In a House resolution, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) and 114 other GOP lawmakers are calling for preservation of the Trump-era rule defining waters of the United States (WOTUS).

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Despite Lawmakers’ Demands, PFAS Bill Leaves Many TSCA Limits To EPA

The bipartisan group of lawmakers seeking strict limits on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is backing legislation that would require EPA to take only some of the steps they have previously sought to regulate the chemicals under TSCA, leaving their push for a “phase-out” of their existing uses up to the agency’s discretion.

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ACC opposes bipartisan House bill to force EPA PFAS rules

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is opposing the bipartisan House bill, introduced April 13, that would set requirements for EPA to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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