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Judge extends EPA's perchlorate deadline to April

EPA wins a six-month extension to propose a drinking water standard for the rocket fuel ingredient.

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CWA Rule Creates New Data Collection Burdens Despite Simplicity Claims

The Trump administration's proposed narrower Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule would create major new burdens for collecting and analyzing data to determine whether waterbodies are subject to the law, observers say, pointing to the regulatory text that acknowledges the extensive additional work regulators might have to undertake.

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Court seeks to 'terminate' environmentalists' lead rule suit

The D.C. Circuit  notes that EPA is still gathering data that was due in March 2017 to determine whether it must regulate work practices involving lead-based paint in public and commercial buildings.

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EPA Seeks To Settle Pesticide 'Mega' Suit But Groups Say Deal Is Unlikely

Environmental groups and the Trump administration are in talks to resolve advocates' long-running “mega” lawsuit seeking to force EPA to consult with wildlife officials on risks of dozens of pesticides to endangered species, though an environmentalist says prospects for a deal are slim, because the pesticide industry opposes the reviews the groups want.

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Environmentalists File FOIA Action To Force Release Of TSCA CBI Studies

Highlighting their concerns with the data EPA uses under the revised toxics law, environmentalists are filing a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request to force the agency to release two dozen studies that it relies on in its landmark draft assessment of pigment violet 29 (PV29) but which the agency has deemed as confidential business information (CBI) and withheld.

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Youth climate plaintiffs urge 9th Circuit to deny DOJ appeal

“Every passing day is crucial for the ability of these young Plaintiffs to protect their fundamental rights to life, liberty, and property from the 'direct existential threat' of climate change,” a new court filing argues.

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Court Upholds Washington's CWA 401 Denial, Highlighting GOP Concern

A federal district court judge has upheld Washington state's denial of a Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 water quality certification for the expansion of a coal export terminal, a case that Republican senators have cited to justify their efforts to limit states' ability to use the authority to block such projects.

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Canadian Mine Plans Second High Court Suit Over CERCLA's Foreign Reach

Canadian mining company Teck Cominico Metals is signaling that it plans to petition the Supreme Court to review an appellate ruling requiring it pay cleanup response costs to Native American tribes in Washington state, marking the second time the company will ask the high court to weigh whether the Superfund law applies to trans-boundary releases.

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EPA Faces Push-Back Citing Tort Ruling As Defense In Gold King Spill Suit

New Mexico and tribal governments suing EPA over its role in the 2015 Gold King Mine wastewater spill are fighting the agency's invocation of an appellate ruling finding narrow federal liability for harms committed in the course of a Superfund cleanup, arguing in a new filing that the Gold King spill “is nothing like” that case.

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Proposed Narrower CWA Jurisdiction Rule Triggers Slew Of Lawsuit Threats

Environmentalists are threatening EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers with a slew of lawsuit threats over the agencies' proposal to narrow the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA), arguing that the plan to restrict the reach of the law to far fewer waters than an Obama-era CWA jurisdiction standard is unlawful.

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