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States Seek National Injunction To Stop ‘Harm’ From Trump WOTUS Policy

California, New York and 15 other states are urging a federal district court to issue a preliminary national injunction blocking implementation of the Trump administration’s revised narrower “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) jurisdiction policy, warning the injunction is vital to “prevent widespread harm to national water quality.”

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Maui Ruling Could Shape Supreme Court Consideration Of WOTUS Suits

The Supreme Court’s consideration of hydrology in its recent decision finding Clean Water Act (CWA) permits may be necessary for discharges of pollutants that travel through groundwater could lead the court to reject the Trump administration’s definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS) for failing to reflect science, says one legal scholar.

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EPA Suggests Dropping Plan To Regulate Perchlorate In Drinking Water

EPA is signaling that it will likely pull back from regulating perchlorate, an ingredient in rocket fuel and munitions, in drinking water -- an unsurprising action given the views of utility officials who have long indicated that state standards have reduced exposures and made it difficult for the agency to meet legal criteria for regulating.

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Coalition of 17 state AGs joins challenges to 2020 WOTUS rule

Led by California, attorneys general from 17 states the District of Columbia argue in new litigation the Clean Water Act rule violates judicial precedent, ignores science and fails to meet statutory objectives.

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Environmentalists Seek To Halt DOD’s PFAS Incineration, Study Alternatives

Environmental groups are gearing up to press Congress to require the Defense Department (DOD) to halt its continuing incineration of its stockpile of legacy firefighting foam containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as they are frustrated with DOD’s alleged flouting of legislative restrictions on incineration passed late last year.

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EPA’s Draft Perc Evaluation Finds Risks, Sets Review Despite SACC Concerns

EPA is moving ahead with a planned peer review of its just-released draft evaluation of the common solvent perclorothylene (perc or PCE), which finds multiple uses that present unreasonable risk to workers, consumers and the environment, though it is unclear if advisors will have a quorum to be available to review it.

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Draft EPA Perc Study Finds Risks, Sets Review Despite SACC Concerns

EPA is moving ahead with a planned peer review of its just-released draft evaluation of the common solvent perclorothylene (perc or PCE), which finds multiple uses that present unreasonable risk to workers, consumers and the environment, though it is unclear if advisors will have a quorum to be available to review it.

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Air Force PFAS Study Drives New Calls For EPA’s CERCLA Designation

The Air Force’s recent decision to steer funds for addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at a former Michigan base toward more study, rather than cleanup, is giving lawmakers further reason for pushing EPA to designate the chemicals as Superfund hazardous substances -- as it could force polluter-driven cleanups including at military sites.

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High Court Leaves EPA, Courts To Decide On CWA Groundwater Permits

The Supreme Court’s ruling creating a new “functional equivalent” test for determining, on a case-by-case basis, when pollutants traveling through groundwater may need a Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permit gives dischargers little certainty on when to seek permits, leaving EPA and courts to resolve how to apply the test.

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Environmentalists Seek To Close ‘Loopholes’ In Bid To Curb New PFAS Uses

Even as they push EPA to ban new per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), environmentalists are urging the agency to close a series of “loopholes and exceptions” that they say have allowed continued widespread use of the compounds even in cases where the agency has required toxics law testing or imposed other limits.

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