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EPA, states and wastewater utilities are grappling with how regulators should respond to the emerging issue of communities with combined sewer overflows (CSOs) that have completed all the steps outlined in a Clean Water Act (CWA) plan to reduce CSOs yet still are unable to meet water quality standards.

An independent “shadow” panel of former EPA air advisers that the Trump administration disbanded, but which reformed as an unaffiliated group to weigh in on agency national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), is likely to press the agency to tighten its fine particulate matter (PM2.5) NAAQS in upcoming formal written comments.

A federal district court will hold an Oct. 15 hearing to decide whether he will force Virginia utility Dominion to remove transmission lines and two towers that cross the historic James River, as part of a key National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) case challenging the Trump administration’s accelerated NEPA review policies.

President Donald Trump’s two executive orders (EOs) setting new limits on agencies’ use of guidance documents pose an uncertain impact for EPA, observers say, with some suggesting the EOs will provide certainty that guidance is not binding on regulated parties while others say it could spur the agency to find other ways to promote favored policies.

Appellate judges at oral argument weighed Texas’ novel lawsuit that aims to upend EPA’s long-established process for designating which areas are attaining or failing to attain national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), with Texas pushing an unusual Clean Air Act argument that would give states more power to issue the findings.

Industry officials are optimistic that the White House will approve a pending final EPA rule to repeal Obama-era Risk Management Plan (RMP) facility safety requirements, and an environmentalist opposed to the effort says the agency “seems intent” on finalizing the delayed rollback.

EPA is proposing a slew of changes to its Safe Drinking Water Act lead and copper rule (LCR) that it says are intended to target the reduction of lead in drinking water in communities most at risk, including a first-time sampling requirement for schools and revisions to other sampling requirements, as well as increased treatment and oversight.