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Wheeler Vows To Unveil 'Clear' CWA Jurisdiction Proposal Within 30 Days

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the agency within 30 days will unveil its proposal for a new “clean and straightforward” Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction standard that follows the water law and confusing Supreme Court precedent, and which is expected to be narrower in scope than the Obama-era rule it will replace.

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Industry renews bid for nationwide bar on 2015 CWA rule

After a Texas judge denied their request for a nationwide injunction against EPA's Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule, industry associations are making a similar request to a Georgia judge.

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9th Circuit Upholds Corps' Regional CWA Handbooks Despite FY93 Rider

A federal appeals court has ruled that a decades-old appropriations rider does not bar the Army Corps of Engineers' use of regional supplements to its nationwide manual for identifying wetlands subject to the Clean Water Act (CWA), avoiding a precedent that could have greatly expanded the limits that funding riders place on EPA and other agencies.

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D.C. Circuit Again Grants Bid To Quickly Implement EPA Facility Safety Rule

Appellate court judges have again granted environmentalists' request to force quick implementation of an Obama-era rule tightening facility safety requirements, expediting its ruling that struck down a Trump administration effort to delay the rule's effectiveness by almost two years while the agency considers whether to undo the stricter mandates.

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Washington, DOE reach settlement over RCRA suit at Hanford

The deal puts the state's RCRA suit on hold and requires DOE for the first time to test and implement a new system to capture and destroy tank vapors at Hanford.

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CBD Warns OMB Of Suit If CWA Rule Sidesteps Doubts On NEPA, Species

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) at a recent meeting with Trump administration officials urged a full review of the environmental and enangered species impacts of its long-awaited Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction standard, and warned the group will sue if -- as appears likely -- regulators ignore those requests in the pending rule.

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Court blocks Obama CWA rule in three southern states

The court order covers Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi, cutting the number of states where the Obama-era jurisdiction rule is in effect down to 23.

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Rejecting Industry Plea, EPA Lists First NPL Sites Due To Vapor Intrusion

EPA for the first time has listed contaminated sites to Superfund's National Priorities List (NPL) due to vapor intrusion, rejecting industry's opposition to listing one of the sites for fear it would set an adverse precedent by sidestepping the protocol for evaluating vapor intrusion sites.

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ORD, Lacking Rule Expertise, Leads On Science Plan, Prompting Doubts

EPA has assigned its Office of Research and Development (ORD), an office with little rulemaking experience, to take the lead in rewriting former Administrator Scott Pruitt's controversial plan barring use of studies where the underlying data is not publicly available, a move that is raising doubts about the plan's prospects for completion.

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Congress Agrees On FY19 Spending Bill, After Dropping Key Policy Riders

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a bill funding several energy and environmental agencies after dropping a series of policy riders that would have curtailed EPA and other agencies' authorities, suggesting that upcoming legislation on EPA's fiscal year 2019 spending bill may also drop such riders.

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