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Pressure mounts on EPA in Newark lead crisis

New Jersey officials are urging EPA to provide additional assistance to the city of Newark, including paying for bottled water for residents.

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NAS Report Highlights Shortcomings Of SDWA In Controlling Legionella

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in a new report is highlighting the limitations of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to limit the growth of Legionella bacteria in water pipes inside large public buildings, calling for stronger federal policies and guidance to combat a disease caused by the bacteria that afflicts and kills more people in the United States than any other waterborne disease.

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Industry groups cite imminent CWA rule change to argue for stay

The groups are backing Oklahoma’s call for a stay, pointing to the numerous other courts that have granted such a stay and the Trump administration’s plans to repeal and replace the rule by the end of the year.

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Corps Limits States’ Time For CWA 401 Reviews As EPA Limits Scope

The Army Corps of Engineers is outlining a narrow range of situations where it would allow states to take more than 60 days to review whether a Corps-issued permit would be protective of water quality standards, further curtailing states’ reviews under the Clean Water Act (CWA) after EPA issued a plan that significantly limits what issues states can weigh.

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Court Reiterates Need For EPA To Set Strict ‘Daily’ Limits In TMDLs

Years after a federal appellate court told EPA it must set strict “daily” pollution limits in waterbody cleanup plans, a district court is reiterating that need and vacating two such plans for the Anacostia and Potomac rivers in Washington, D.C., where EPA failed to require such daily maximum discharge limits for E. coli bacteria.

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EPA Drops Key NSR Suit To Avoid Adverse Precedent On Injunctive Relief

EPA and the Sierra Club have dropped their long-running suit against Texas utility Luminant for violations of new source review (NSR) permitting requirements in an effort to avoid a broad adverse precedent that could hamstring future actions to seek injunctive relief for past violations under multiple statutes across a wide swath of the country.

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Officials Strongly Criticize Limited GHG Review In Draft CEQ NEPA Guide

Current and former government officials are strongly criticizing a draft guidance crafted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) that instruct agencies to limit the scope of how they consider greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts when conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews.

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Former Officials Criticize Limited GHG Review In Draft CEQ NEPA Guide

Current and former government officials are strongly criticizing a draft guidance crafted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) that instruct agencies to limit the scope of how they consider greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts when conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews.

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Industry Targets Minnesota In New Bid To Expand Stay Of Obama CWA Rule

An owner of a Minnesota peat mining firm is seeking to expand the number of states where federal courts have halted implementation of the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule, asking a federal district court to declare several provisions in the rule are unlawful and unconstitutional and are therefore invalid.

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EPA Proposes To Narrow Scope Of States’ CWA Section 401 Reviews

EPA in a new interpretation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) is proposing to significantly narrow the actions states can consider when determining whether a federally permitted project will violate water quality standards, seeking to eliminate powers that allow states to consider a project’s “activities” while allowing them to consider only its “discharges."

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