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EPA Defends TSCA Review Framework From Environmentalists' Lawsuit

EPA is defending its framework for reviewing new chemicals under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) against an environmentalist lawsuit by arguing that the policy is consistent with the 2016 law, but also says the framework is a draft that it might never finalize and therefore critics lack legal standing for their challenge.

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Environmentalists say CWA rule delay fails 9th Circuit tests

Groups challenging the Trump administration's delay of the Obama-era jurisdiction rule say EPA's justification does not satisfy appellate precedent for the circuit.

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Drinking Water Utilities Warn EPA Of Gaps As It Weighs PFAS Standards

Drinking water utilities are warning EPA not to leap ahead with regulatory actions on perfluorinated chemicals before significant gaps are addressed in detecting and treating the chemicals, determining their health effects and ensuring the country has enough laboratory capacity to handle a higher demand for chemical testing.

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DOJ urges district court to wait on request for CWA rule injunction

The Department of Justice says there is no need for courts to consider requests to block enforcement of the Obama-era jurisdiction rule while its administrative stay remains in place.

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PLF Rejects 'Ethical Mystery' Claim In CWA Criminal Enforcement Appeal

Free-market law firm Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) is defending its conduct in a key Clean Water Act (CWA) criminal case that could result in a new Supreme Court test for how to determine the law's scope, rejecting a public defender's claim that there is an “ethical mystery” in PLF's alleged talks with the defendant in the case.

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'Ethical Mystery' May Complicate Key High Court CWA Jurisdiction Appeal

The public defender litigating a Clean Water Act (CWA) criminal case seen as a potential vehicle for the Supreme Court to finally resolve which test EPA should use to determine the law's scope says the suit faces a major complication due to the “ethical mystery” of a free-market law firm's undisclosed contact with the defendant.

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Wetlands Scientists Defend Research Underpinning Obama-Era CWA Rule

The non-profit Society of Wetlands Scientists that advocates for wetlands protection is backing the research that the Obama EPA and Army Corps of Engineers used to craft the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule, arguing in a federal district court brief that critics of the rule are wrong to claim the rule is arbitrary and based on flawed data.

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Wheeler Pledges To Complete Superfund Reforms By September 2019

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is backing the Superfund reforms initiated by former Administrator Scott Pruitt, pledging in a just-released report to continue the partnership with stakeholders to complete all 42 recommendations from the Superfund Task Force by September 2019.

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Environmentalists appeal judge's stay of CWA rule

Environmental groups are asking the 11th Circuit to scrap a district court order that stays enforcement of the 2015 Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule.

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9th Circuit declines rehearing on appeal over CWA jurisdiction test

If the case reaches the Supreme Court, it would be the first chance for a ruling on the “significant nexus” test for jurisdictional waters after the departure of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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