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Despite Narrowed Scope, WOTUS Rule May Expand Some CWA Coverage

The Trump administration’s new rule revising the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) is generally seen as narrowing the scope of the law, especially for wetlands, but some of the changes might expand coverage over intermittent waters compared to the Obama-era rule, legal experts say.

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Environmentalists Plan ESA Suit Over 2020 Clean Water Act WOTUS Rule

The Center for Biological Diversity and Waterkeeper Alliance are threatening to sue EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers over the recently finalized “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule, alleging they failed to engage in mandatory consultation with other federal agencies under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) before finalizing the rule.

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Insurers Exclude PFAS Due To Regulatory Uncertainty, Chilling Transactions

Responding to regulatory uncertainty, insurers have begun excluding coverage for both actual and potential contamination stemming from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a move that is killing transactions and can affect a wide array of industry sectors, according to an attorney who spoke at a recent environmental legal forum.

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Carper blasts EPA for inaction on PFAS

The Democratic senator is giving the Trump Administration a D- grade for implementing its PFAS Action Plan.

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Michigan reaches $69.5 million proposed PFAS settlement with Wolverine

The state has the most sites in the country contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and recently filed suit against a host of manufacturers of the substances.

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Litigation Over 2015 WOTUS Rule Continues As Suits On 2020 Policy Loom

Litigation over the now-repealed 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule is continuing in federal courts even as EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers brace for expected new lawsuits over their narrow 2020 policy defining waters of the United States (WOTUS) and tackle litigation over a related 2019 action that repealed the 2015 rule.

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PFAS Mandates In NDAA Start To Take Effect But Calls For More Continue

EPA has begun to enforce defense law measures requiring Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting of 160 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), while environmentalists and lawmakers are launching various efforts to enforce other provisions governing the chemicals in the recently enacted law.

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EPA Issues Final Rule Significantly Narrowing Water Act’s Jurisdiction

The Trump administration has issued its final rule significantly narrowing the universe of waters subject to protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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PEER asks IG to investigate scientific violations with narrower CWA rule

More than three dozen former and current federal employees allege EPA headquarters political employees failed to consult with scientific experts in violation of the agency’s Scientific Integrity Policy.

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Adopting New Mandate, EPA Lists 160 PFAS For Toxics Release Reporting

EPA has quietly added 160 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to its list of chemicals requiring reporting under the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), following through on new defense law provisions that mandate the additions.

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