House Republicans are floating a fiscal year 2017 funding bill for EPA that would block a host of major agency regulations including its climate rules for the power and oil and gas production sectors as well as its Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule, but the legislation would make only slight cuts to EPA's overall funding levels.
EPA is defending from Republican lawmakers' attacks its process for developing a proposed overhaul of its facility safety program, rejecting GOP requests to delay the rulemaking in order to allow more time for critics to weigh in on the proposal and downplaying claims that the policy will impose unfunded mandates on emergency responders.
EPA is requesting public comment on the types of information it plans to require from applicants seeking funding through the nascent Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program and may modify the data collection request before seeking White House approval to move forward with considering loan applications.
The Obama administration appears to be moving forward with highly controversial drinking water amendments to EPA's protective action guides (PAGs) for radiological emergencies, despite attempts from a host of environmental groups to stop the amendments.
EPA's just issued lifetime exposure advisories for two perfluorinated chemicals significantly lower the concentration of each contaminant in water the agency says is safe to consume.
EPA has released its draft assessment of the human health risks of the chemical tert-butanol (TBA) in preparation for public comments and the June public meeting of its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program, where it will be discussed alongside the draft assessment of benzo(a)pyrene.
The House Appropriations Committee is set to unveil a proposed fiscal year 2017 spending bill for EPA amid Democrats' threats to oppose any policy riders that would block major environmental rules. Meanwhile, the Senate's environment panel is holding a hearing on allegations that the agency's Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule greatly expands federal power.
The Department of Energy (DOE) is touting the significant economic benefits of solar power, arguing its “SunShot” initiative could aid compliance with EPA's greenhouse gas standards for existing power plants while also producing environmental benefits that observers argue exceed the costs of tax subsidies for the sector.
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