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Economists Urge Biden To ‘Correct’ Flaws In Trump WOTUS Rule Analysis

Environmental economists are outlining several concerns with the Trump administration’s economic analysis to support its narrowed definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS), criticisms that they hope will aid the incoming Biden administration in “correcting” the rule and other Trump policies that used similar analyses.

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Congress Omits Major EPA Infrastructure Funding From WRDA Legislation

House and Senate lawmakers have removed language from a conferenced version of water resources legislation that would have authorized billions of dollars in new funding for EPA water infrastructure programs, opting to limit the bill to Army Corps of Engineers provisions and prompting wastewater utilities to call the action a “disservice” to utilities.

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House members press for funding to bolster EPA PFAS work

A bipartisan group of 58 House members is urging appropriations committee leaders in both chambers to back various funding measures to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

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Climate Priorities May Limit Biden’s Ability To Undo Trump WOTUS Policy

The incoming Biden administration’s ability to make significant changes to the Trump administration’s narrow definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS) may depend on how much time and other resources are consumed by addressing climate change, in addition to challenges related to complexity of the regulation, legal experts say.

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FY21 Defense Conference Bill Drops Several Provision On PFAS Cleanups

Congressional armed services committee leaders have finished negotiating the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), releasing a conference report that drops several measures championed by House members to push the military on the cleanup and disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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FY21 Defense Conference Bill Drops Several Provisions On PFAS Cleanups

Congressional armed services committee leaders have finished negotiating the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), releasing a conference report that drops several measures championed by House members to push the military on the cleanup and disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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As Vaccines Near, Data On PFAS’ Immune Effects Are ‘Urgent Issue’

Phillippe Grandjean, the Harvard University scientist who has been studying the adverse effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on those suffering from COVID-19, says that more data on the chemicals’ adverse immunological effects are urgently needed, especially as coronavirus vaccines begin to be administered.

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CBF Argues Trump CWA Jurisdiction Policy Contrary To Precedent, Science

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is urging a federal district to vacate a pair of Trump administration rules that narrowed an Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) approach to determining the law’s scope, arguing the rules unlawfully “misapplied controlling Supreme Court precedent and ignored available science.”

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EPA’s Interim CWA Permitting PFAS Plan Targets Monitoring, Management

EPA is recommending that Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permits for wastewater and stormwater that are likely to contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) include phased-in mandates for monitoring the chemicals and best management practices to control them as an interim step while the agency weighs whether to set technology-based limits.

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Democratic State AGs Say Trump CWA Jurisdiction Rule Flawed, Unlawful

Democratic attorneys general (AGs) from 17 states and the District of Columbia are urging a federal district court in California to overturn the Trump administration’s Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule, arguing the policy is flawed for three independent reasons, or alternatively, that it is unlawful under the Chevron discretion standard.

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