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Trump taps nuclear engineer to lead DOE cleanup program

Ann White's selection to lead the $6 billion program is winning praise from local governments but plan to monitor White's responses to questions about the need for increased funding that is needed to meet cleanup obligations.

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PFAS Health Study Required By Congress May Lift Threat Of Superfund Suit

Defense legislation signed into law by President Donald Trump Dec. 12 will authorize at least $7 million for a federal study on the human health impacts stemming from perfluorinated chemicals in drinking water near military facilities, potentially lifting the threat of a Superfund suit to force a study and bolster efforts to require strict cleanups.

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Environmentalists Warn Of 'Legal Vacuum' If EPA Enacts CWA Rule Delay

Environmentalists are warning EPA that its plan to delay by two years implementation of the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule is unlawful and technically flawed, and will create a “legal vacuum” because it would have the unintended effect of barring regulators from using any EPA rule or guidance to determine the law's scope.

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Industries Divided Over Which CWA Jurisdiction Test EPA Should Adopt

Major industry groups representing the agriculture, home building, power and other sectors are divided over which test EPA should use in its pending rule to replace the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction standard, with some seeking a very narrow test but others warning that such a test would violate Supreme Court precedent.

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Environmentalists Claim EPA Plan For Narrow CWA Rule Likely Unlawful

Environmental groups are warning EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers that the administration's plan to craft a replacement rule on the Clean Water Act's (CWA) scope that uses a narrow jurisdiction test crafted by the late Justice Antonin Scalia would likely be struck down by courts that have long rejected use of Scalia's test.

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Nominee to lead Corps wins bipartisan backing from Senate EPW

Democrats and Republicans both appeared to support confirming R.D. James as civilian head of the Army Corps of Engineers during a Dec. 6 Senate environment panel hearing.

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EPA Renews Pledge To Issue Perchlorate Rule After Official Raised Doubts

A lead member of EPA's water office staff reassured members of the agency's children's health advisory panel that officials will continue on their path toward regulating the rocket fuel ingredient perchlorate in drinking water, despite a suggestion from a top agency office last month that raised questions in some stakeholders' minds.

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Industry, Environmentalists Spar Over Perchlorate Peer Review Documents

Environmentalists and industry stakeholders are sparring over documents that EPA prepared for a second round of peer review of the model intended to assist the agency in setting a drinking water goal for the rocket fuel perchlorate -- even as the agency has failed to meet its first court ordered deadline for doing so.

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House Republicans Hold 'Nascent' Talks On Bill To Limit CWA Jurisdiction

The top Republican on the House science panel's environment subcommittee says there are “bubbling, nascent discussions” on potential legislation to limit the reach of the Clean Water Act (CWA), but any such bill could be far off despite subcommittee members voicing support for restricting the law's scope during a Nov. 29 hearing.

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Stakeholders spar over scope of future CWA jurisdiction rule

Industry, environmental groups, states and other stakeholders' comments on a possible new Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule likely preview future litigation arguments.

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