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EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) has decided against pursuing concerns that data in a 2011 report back stronger standards for vessels' discharges of ballast water than the report recommended, with the advisors concluding there is no need to reopen the report because the matter resulted from a difference of opinion and not error.

Sources inside and outside EPA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are expressing mixed views on the stringency of the incoming administration's expected approach toward enforcing climate and environmental standards, as career staff at EPA's enforcement office and DOJ's environment division are warily preparing for a major shift in strategy.

Environmentalists and wastewater utilities suing EPA over its Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent limitation guidelines (ELG) for power plants are asking an appeals court to tighten specific portions of the rule by strengthening treatment mandates for waste from older impoundments, leachates, and waste that contains bromides.

EPA has the necessary information to make a determination under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) on whether it should regulate two perfluorinated chemicals (PFC), an EPA water official told agency advisors recently, though he added he could not predict the outcome of the decisions, which would be made by the Trump administration.

EPA has quietly released a final guide for responding to radiological incidents, expanding the guide's reach while maintaining many of the protective action levels set in 1992, despite newer scientific findings EPA has adopted for other applications that one environmentalist radiation expert says should have led the agency to set stricter levels.

The New York attorney general's (AG) office is urging the White House to reject a proposed EPA guidance that would set protective drinking water levels for radiological emergencies far in exceedance of Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) limits, even as EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is defending the pending guide and arguing its reach is limited to temporary situations.

Lawmakers in the House and Senate have reached a compromise on water resources legislation that authorizes $100 million in funds to assist Flint, MI, and overhauls EPA's coal ash disposal rule, though some Democrats are concerned about the legislation's “last-minute” Endangered Species Act provisions they fear could derail the agreement.