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Key House lawmakers are expressing disappointment over water infrastructure provisions in the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure agreement announced July 28, and are suggesting a possible negotiating strategy to ensure final passage of priority policy items including federal assistance for low-income water customers.

Republican senators at a July 29 hearing suggested President Joe Biden’s three nominees to the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) appear to lack the qualifications to investigate chemical industrial accidents, echoing industry concerns that they have no specific experience in the field and potentially foreshadowing a confirmation battle.

A Senate bipartisan infrastructure deal negotiated with the White House contains $8 billion in tax credits for manufacturing facilities that reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, or produce or recycle energy-related products, as part of a broader proposal for $550 billion in new spending to upgrade the electric grid, rebuild roads and bridges, and expand rail and mass transit, among other projects.

A new report released by environmentalists urges EPA and states to interpret an Obama-era rule to effectively bar cap-in-place closure of coal ash impoundments, citing a new analysis that finds removing the ash to lined landfills or for beneficial reuse -- known as “clean closure” -- is better for local economies, job creation, and the environment.

Great Lakes governors are throwing their weight behind House-backed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) legislation, adding to the chorus of advocates and critics seeking to sway lawmakers on the bill that one attorney active in the Capitol Hill debate predicts will necessitate action on a Senate bill, although it is unlikely to mirror the House version.