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States criticize EPA’s efforts to 'delay' CWA jurisdiction rule suit

Seven GOP-led states are pushing back against EPA’s latest attempt to block substantive litigation over the 2015 Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule.

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Federal district court sets hearing on CWA rule injunction

A federal district court in Georgia will hear argument May 31 on whether to block any future enforcement of the stayed Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule, at least within 10 GOP-led states.

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EPA Water Chief Revised CWA Rule Repeal To Bolster Its Legal Basis

EPA water chief David Ross ordered revisions to the proposed repeal of the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule in order to bolster the proposal's legal basis in expected litigation, an agency staffer says, giving Ross the chance to “fix” legal flaws in the original proposal which EPA issued before he joined the agency.

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EPA, Corps Ready 'Supplemental Proposal' To Boost Repeal Of CWA Rule

EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have sent for White House review a “supplemental proposal” to boost their pending repeal of the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule that will seek a new round of input on scrapping and replacing the rule, an unexpected step that could potentially delay any final rule on the CWA standard.

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Fearing Precedent, Industry Seeks To Block Listing Of Vapor Intrusion Site

Fearing an adverse precedent, manufacturers are opposing what appears to be EPA's first proposed listing of a contaminated Mississippi site to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) based solely on subsurface intrusion (SsI), arguing the agency failed to fully follow a 2017 rule that permits such listings.

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Environmentalists' FOIA suit seeks records of EPA CWA rule meetings

Four environmental groups are suing EPA to win “immediate” release of documents from Administrator Scott Pruitt's Clean Water Act jurisdiction meetings with stakeholders.

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NRDC Urges EPA To Craft Perchlorate Limit After Review Backs Model

Environmentalists are renewing their calls for EPA to craft a drinking water standard for the rocket fuel ingredient perchlorate after a peer review panel found that the latest version of the agency's model to inform development of a health goal for the substance is "fit for purpose."

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Judge Rejects CWA Rule Delay Case Transfer, Teeing Up Parallel Rulings

A federal district judge in South Carolina has rejected EPA and industry groups' bid to transfer a pending challenge to the two-year delay on enforcing the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule, setting the stage for potential parallel rulings on the merits of the delay that could ultimately require the Supreme Court to resolve.

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Pruitt CWA Memo Spurs Critics' Fear Of Imminent Narrow Jurisdiction Rule

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's recent memo centralizing some Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdictional findings is spurring agency critics' fears that it is a prelude to imminent issuance of a proposed new narrower policy on the CWA's scope, which an environmentalist says could come this month instead of an earlier predicted “summer” release.

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Pruitt Centralizes Power Over 'Certain' CWA Jurisdiction Determinations

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is centralizing power in his office over final approval of “certain” Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdictional determinations (JDs), removing that power from regional administrators and creating a new process that a leaked memo says will involve Pruitt's office “early on” in decisions over the law's scope.

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