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Biden Administration Might Spur Bid For Statutory Change To CWA’s Scope

If Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden defeats President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election, supporters of stronger Clean Water Act (CWA) protections may ask Congress to revise the law to clarify its scope, although experts say the success of such an effort will depend on whether Democrats win a clear majority in the House and Senate.

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CLF argues WOTUS rule violates several laws

The Conservation Law Foundation is asking a federal district court in Massachusetts to vacate the Trump administration’s Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule for violating several federal laws.

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North Carolina sues PFAS manufacturers for natural resource damages

The latest suit adds to North Carolina’s legal and regulatory actions to address water and other contamination caused by the manufacture of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

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Testing State Policies, Businesses Sue New Jersey Over PFAS Water Rules

Business and industry groups in New Jersey are suing the state over its drinking water and groundwater regulations governing the two most-studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), posing an early legal test of some states’ efforts to set enforceable drinking water limits for PFAS in the absence of EPA regulation.

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NRDC Details Suit Over EPA Perchlorate Decision, But Asks Court For Stay

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says it will center an appellate suit over EPA’s decision to forgo setting a Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) standard for perchlorate on alleged violations of SDWA and administrative law as well as questions over whether EPA overstepped its legal authorities, even as the group asks the court to stay the case due to a pending similar suit in a lower court.

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NRDC Details Suit Over EPA Perchlorate Decision, But Ask Court For Stay

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says it will center an appellate suit over EPA’s decision to forgo setting a Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) standard for perchlorate on alleged violations of SDWA and administrative law as well as questions over whether EPA overstepped its legal authorities, even as the group asks the court to stay the case due to a pending similar suit in a lower court.

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Critics Eye DOE’s Use Of New Nuclear ‘High-Level Waste’ Interpretation

Environmentalists and the state of Washington are closely watching the Energy Department’s (DOE) first application of a disputed new interpretation of “high-level radioactive waste” (HLW) that eases waste disposal options, weighing potential actions to address concerns that the reinterpretation flouts federal law and upends treatment options.

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Bipartisan Senate group seeks modest PFAS measures in defense bill

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spearheaded the bipartisan effort, with included three Republicans -- Sens. Todd Young (IN), Shelley Moore Capito (WV) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) -- among the 21 signatories.

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Pressure Builds To Uphold House PFAS Measures In Final Defense Bill

Pressure is building on House and Senate conferees to the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to uphold more than a dozen measures addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), even as lawmakers punt formal conference committee negotiations until after the Nov. 3 election.

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Environmentalists fear historic designation will void NASA cleanup

The “Native American artifact” designation NASA is seeking for the Santa Susana Field Laboratory is a cloaked effort to exempt the entire site from a federal-state cleanup accord, critics say.

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