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House FY18 'Report' Backing EPA Programs Poses Agency Discretion Test

July 31, 2017
Language in the House committee report accompanying the chamber's pending fiscal year 2018 EPA funding bill -- urging preservation of voluntary greenhouse gas-reduction and other initiatives the Trump administration proposes to scrap -- is posing a test for EPA on whether to adhere to or ignore the non-binding language. “Traditionally report language is treated as binding even if it is not worded as a requirement,” one former agency source says. Even so, the agency has not always followed report language,...

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