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Quote:Officials at the White House and Environment Protection Agency (EPA) fretted about a public relations "nightmare" from an agency’s expected move to change suggested standards for fluorinated chemicals in drinking water, according to internal emails. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), which is part of the Centers for Disease Control, is currently readjusting its standards for acceptable levels of the chemical in drinking water and is expected to propose that safe levels be almost six times stricter than EPA's current recommendation.
Trump officials feared PR 'nightmare' from drinking water standards | TheHill
Who needs clean water anyway?

Quote:Chairman Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) said the reductions to EPA largely focused on cuts to “search and regulatory programs.” The bill cuts many of the agency’s regulatory programs by $228 million below the current enacted level. Environmental and wildlife conservationists opposed the bill due to a number of riders that would strip protections for species and the environment, including one that would take away federal protections on wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and strip Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in Wyoming. Another aims to repeal EPA’s Clean Water Rule. “When at first you don’t succeed at endangering America’s air, water, land and wildlife, try, try again by hiding anti-environmental riders deep in a must-pass federal appropriations bill,” Martin Hayden, vice president of Policy and Legislation for Earthjustice said in a statement Tuesday. “These giveaways for wealthy corporate polluters couldn’t pass as standalone bills which is why House leaders bury them in spending bills, hoping Americans aren’t paying attention while Congress gives away the store.”
House lawmakers vote to give modest budget cuts to EPA, Interior | TheHill

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