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Democrats’ Infrastructure Plan Infuses Climate, Environment Concerns

Democratic leaders in the House are floating the outlines of a massive proposal to fund transportation, energy and water infrastructure, arguing that multiple elements of the plan will advance efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, in addition to tackling conventional environmental problems.

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CEQ adds session to Denver hearing on NEPA plan

Speaking slots filled within minutes for the newly added third session at the Feb. 11 hearing on the NEPA implementing rule overhaul.

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House Democrats’ Draft Climate Bill Elaborates On Numerous EPA Roles

New draft climate change legislation from House Energy & Commerce panel Democrats outlines numerous new or expanded tasks for EPA to achieve a mid-century target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions, including stringent vehicle standards, new carbon capture permitting requirements and updated equity mandates.

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Lawmakers Press New Region 5 Administrator On Enforcement, Staffing

Congressional Democrats from the Great Lakes region are urging the new EPA Region 5 administrator to boost enforcement and staffing levels over concerns low numbers are harming the agency’s work.

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3M faces growing liability over PFAS

The Minnesota-based company took a $214 million charge stemming from litigation over its production of the chemicals and also announced it is facing a federal criminal probe over releases from an Alabama plant.

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House Democrats press EPA for answers on Superfund backlog

“Unfortunately, the increase in the number of unfunded cleanups of Superfund sites follows repeated proposed budget cuts to the Superfund program,” three lawmakers say.

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Environmentalists fear New Jersey wavering in PFAS enforcement

“If New Jersey is wavering under this task and is going to shrink from its lofty announced goal, confidence in the state will be lost and people will pay the price with their health,” one environmentalist says.

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PFAS Mandates In NDAA Start To Take Effect But Calls For More Continue

EPA has begun to enforce defense law measures requiring Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting of 160 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), while environmentalists and lawmakers are launching various efforts to enforce other provisions governing the chemicals in the recently enacted law.

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Alliance Seeks To Back New Hampshire’s Challenge To PFAS Rule Injunction

Environmentalists are seeking to intervene in state court litigation that threatens to stall New Hampshire’s landmark drinking water and groundwater standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), with the advocates attempting to bolster the state’s case to permit the rules to remain in effect during interlocutory appeal.

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EPA rejects industry bid to extend comment period on TRI PFAS plan

The agency is rejecting the waste treatment industry’s request to extend by 60 days the deadline for input on potentially adding PFAS to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).

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