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OIG expands inquiry into EPA civil rights compliance

The Office of Inspector General had previously been investigating EPA’s oversight of groups that received Clean Air Act funding, but it will now look into groups that receive any agency funds.

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Novel CWA Nutrient Permit Could Revive Fight Over Discharge Limits

A novel EPA-issued Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for New Hampshire’s Great Bay could revive a legal battle over how to set discharge limits on permits, with municipal governments accusing the agency of ignoring science and cost concerns in setting new limits on the total nitrogen that can enter the bay.

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After two-month delay, EPA publishes ash permitting proposal

The agency’s two-month delay in publishing the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act permit proposal also means a planned public hearing on the rule is delayed until April.

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Dourson Suggests Public-Private Bid To Resolve Split On PFOA Risk Value

Michael Dourson, a former nominee to lead the Trump EPA’s toxics office, is suggesting a key public-private sector group launch an effort to resolve international differences on health risks from one of the most studied perfluorinated chemicals, an effort that could produce a weaker risk level to undermine some states’ stricter values.

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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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EFAB eyes new charges on water, ‘opportunity zone’ funding

EPA’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) has accepted a charge from the Office of Policy on ways to increase private investment in opportunity zones and is considering possible charges on other topics.

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Senate Democrats press Wheeler on PFAS action plan update

Thirty Senate Democrats are expressing disappointment that many commitments in year-old EPA’s PFAS action plan “remain unfulfilled,” including drinking water and waste regulatory determinations for key chemicals.

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GAO urges EPA, congressional action on climate resilience

A new Government Accountability Office report urges EPA to create a technical assistance network and Congress to require climate resiliency considerations in federally funded water infrastructure projects.

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SELC urges court to halt CEQ’s NEPA proposal

The Southern Environmental Law Center is urging a federal court to order the White House to delay the close of the comment period on its controversial NEPA plan until it provides related documents.

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