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EPA Faces Competing Attacks Over Proposed Offshore Drilling Permit

EPA is facing competing attacks from environmentalists and industry groups over a draft general permit for offshore oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, with industry groups pledging to lobby EPA to ease the permit to comply with recent Trump executive orders while environmentalists are threatening to sue because the plan violates the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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Trump poised to tap Wheeler as deputy, Pruitt preps other nominees

Pruitt is said to be prepping nominations for other top agency slots, including: Bill Wehrum as air chief, Matt Leopold as general counsel and David Ross as water chief.

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Landmark Suit Testing Water Quality Variances Faces Mootness Challenge

Landmark litigation over EPA's approval of a Montana variance to the state's water quality standards is facing the prospect of dismissal or delay as the defendants in the case say it is moot since the variance at issue expired at the beginning of the month and the agency is now reviewing a new version.

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Environmentalists Urge EPA To Strengthen First State CCS Permit Program

Environmental groups are urging EPA to strengthen North Dakota's Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) permitting program for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) wells before granting the state's first-in-the-nation application for “primacy” to issue such permits.

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Senate Democrats seek comment extension on CWA rule repeal

A letter signed by 22 Democratic senators seeks a four-month extension of the comment deadline for EPA's proposal that would repeal the Obama-era jurisdiction rule.

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High Court Schedules Oct. 11 Argument To Decide Venue For CWA Suits

The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear argument Oct. 11 in the case testing where challenges to rules on Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction should be filed -- setting the stage for a ruling that will dictate the path of future litigation over the Trump administration's planned actions withdrawing and replacing the Obama-era CWA policy.

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EPA names 12 projects eligible for WIFIA loans

EPA identified the first 12 projects eligible to receive funds from the new infrastructure loan program.

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Defending State CWA Plan, EPA Seeks To Expand 'Jobs' Ruling Precedent

EPA is citing the recent precedent-setting appellate court ruling that blocked an industry bid for a sweeping review of how Clean Air Act policies have affected jobs to defend against environmentalists’ suit seeking new cleanup plans for over 500 West Virginia waterbodies, an argument that if successful would expand the precedent on when courts can review citizen suits.

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Environmentalists sue EPA for approving Ohio's Lake Erie listing

Environmentalists say Ohio's decision to leave the open waters of the lake off the impaired waters list violated CWA section 303(d) and rules governing the creation of cleanup plans for impaired waters.

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Inhofe seeks broad GOP plan on energy, environment

Inhofe says he may seek a deal with fellow Republicans on energy and environmental issues, using a bill to increase ethanol use as a vehicle -- though the ethanol issue remains deeply divisive.

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