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Even as lawmakers remain strongly divided on environmental policy, members of a House Natural Resources subcommittee plan to pursue bipartisan legislation that would pave the way for so-called Good Samaritan entities to fund cleanups at abandoned coal mines in part by limiting environmental liability risks that currently deter such efforts.

Environmentalists fear that Susan Bodine -- President Donald Trump's nominee to head EPA's enforcement office -- would use the position to soften the Obama-era coal ash disposal rule by weakening enforcement of the policy, citing her testimony to Congress in 2013 that called for placing major limits on EPA's oversight of ash disposal.

Biofuels makers and retailers in recent meetings with EPA and White House officials pitched their policy goals for the agency's pending 2018 renewable fuel standard (RFS) targets, including boosting advanced biofuels blending and opposing calls to shift the "point of obligation" compliance burden under the program.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is continuing to hedge about whether and how precisely the agency plans to address greenhouse gases (GHG) from existing power plants after it rescinds the Clean Power Plan (CPP), even as reports indicate the agency is poised to float a plan for repealing the Obama-era rule.