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GOP-Led Senate May Complicate Biden’s Choice For EPA Administrator

The chances that Republicans will retain control of the Senate next year may complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for EPA administrator, especially given concerns from some that the most-discussed potential nominee, California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chairwoman Mary Nichols, could face difficulties winning confirmation.

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Democrats Crafting Plans To Enact PFAS Legislation Next Year, Dingell Says

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), the lead sponsor of legislation to require EPA to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), expects the House will prioritize passage of comprehensive PFAS legislation in the upcoming Congress, mirroring efforts from earlier this year, with high-ranking Democrats in both chambers already strategizing on plans.

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Senate Floats Flat EPA Funding For Rest Of FY21 In Bid For House Talks

Senate appropriators are floating draft fiscal year 2021 spending legislation that would give EPA essentially flat funding of $9.085 billion, setting up potential negotiations with House lawmakers ahead of next month’s expiration of spending authority for multiple federal agencies.

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Wisconsin health agency recommends groundwater standards for 18 PFAS

The recommendation echoes Massachusetts’ recent move to finalize a single drinking water standard for a group of six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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States, United Steelworkers sue EPA over refusal to reconsider RMP rule

States, localities and the United Steelworkers union are challenging EPA’s decision to deny petitions to reconsider a final rule rolling back Obama-era chemical facility disaster safety mandates.

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Agriculture groups challenge EPA’s tightened dicamba registrations

Two farming groups say EPA’s new restrictions on spraying dicamba-based weed killers go beyond its authority under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.

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Latta Touts Record In Bid For GOP Leadership Of Energy & Commerce Panel

As he runs to lead Republicans on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee in the next Congress, Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) is touting his accomplishments as a legislator, including working across the aisle to pass bills and address complex problems like climate change and exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Environmental groups seek New Jersey probe of PFAS replacement

Environmental groups are pushing New Jersey regulators to investigate a replacement chemical for a legacy PFAS, reiterating fears of potential health risks from new substitute chemicals.

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ACC Seeks Weaker EPA Ethylene Oxide Air Rule With Petition, Lawsuit

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is fighting environmentalists’ bid for a stricter EPA ethylene oxide (EtO) air rule for the miscellaneous organic chemical manufacturing (MON) sector, filing a lawsuit and an administrative petition for reconsideration saying EPA should weaken the rule because it overestimates EtO risks to the public.

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Likely GOP Senate Environment Panel Shuffle Spurs Policy Questions

Expectations that Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) will take over as the top Republican next year on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee that oversees EPA is prompting questions about how such a committee shuffle could affect environment policy.

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