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House Ramps Up Scrutiny Of Controversial EPA Science Data, PM Measures

House appropriators are ramping up their scrutiny of some of the Trump EPA's controversial science decisions, all but barring the agency from advancing its data transparency rule until after consulting with its own science advisors and then requiring the agency to seek National Academy of Sciences (NAS) review of any final data rule.

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EPA Defends Landmark State Ash Program But New Citizen Lawsuits Loom

EPA is defending its landmark approval of Oklahoma’s coal ash disposal permit program and saying the state will have three years to revise its plan and adapt to mandatory stricter federal disposal requirements, but environmentalists say they will pursue citizen suits over site-specific cleanup plans regardless of the agency’s actions.

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Rejecting DOJ, ARCO urges justices to review novel state Superfund suit

“Key portions of the United States' brief reinforce why this Court's review is especially warranted,” ARCO says.

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EPA, Gold King Mine spill plaintiffs clash over discovery

EPA is at odds with state, tribal and individual plaintiffs over how they should go about fact-finding in the long-delayed litigation over the 2015 Gold King spill, which will affect how long the suit takes to resolve.

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SAB Seeks To Expand Transparency Rule Review Beyond Wheeler's Call

A work group of EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) is asking the agency a series of questions about its controversial science transparency rule, a move that appears aimed at broadening advisors' review of the measure beyond what Administrator Andrew Wheeler proposed last month.

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EPA Eyes Supplemental Plan As It Seeks To Speed Science Data Rule

EPA is considering issuing a supplemental plan for its controversial science transparency rule, a measure that is part of Administrator Andrew Wheeler's stepped up effort to complete the rule within a year -- though the effort faces widespread criticism, little regulatory justification and a massive number of of public comments to address, sources say.

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House Seeks To Boost PFAS Funds But Policy Push Unlikely To Slow

House lawmakers are stepping up efforts to provide funds to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) -- including a massive proposed $2.5 billion grant program to aid drinking water systems -- funds that seek to address contamination concerns in the short term though sources say they are unlikely to deter lawmakers from advancing policy measures, sources say.

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Quote-Unquote: House testimony on PFAS legislation

The testimony is aimed at helping lawmakers make the case for a series of bills addressing PFAS.

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EPA extends deadline for Wheeler decision on EPA-DOE cleanup fight

The agency is giving its administrator more time to resolve a fight between Region 4 and the Energy Department over using Superfund law authorities to regulate nuclear waste at federal facilities.

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House Appropriators Propose To Boost EPA's FY20 Funds By $672 Million

The House Appropriations Committee is floating increases to EPA funding in its fiscal year 2020 spending bill for the agency, laying out a plan that would reverse years of proposed and actual decreases in EPA funding and which sets up further negotiations with the GOP-controlled Senate and White House.

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