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EPA withdraws another CWA permit facing EAB challenge

EPA's agreement with a Massachusetts railroad terminal operator to rework its discharge permit marks the third time in a week the agency has agreed to revise contested permit terms rather than defend them.

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Environmentalists back Senate farm bill over House version

Environmental and sustainable agriculture groups are urging lawmakers to approve a 2018 farm bill that is as close to the bipartisan Senate version as possible, rejecting environmental riders in the House bill.

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Judge Rejects Environmentalists' Bid For Lake Erie Cleanup Plan Mandate

A federal district court judge has rejected environmentalists' attempt to force EPA to develop a cleanup plan for Lake Erie, saying that while he understands their concerns that Ohio may fail to address excess nutrients in the lake given the state's record to date, the law does not support their arguments.

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Environmentalists Call For Broader EPA PFAS Policies Under Several Laws

Environmentalists are calling on EPA to broaden its actions to stem the environmental impacts of the class of non-stick chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including regulating PFAS under multiple environmental laws and launching new testing and monitoring of the chemicals in drinking water systems.

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EPA Plans To Rewrite Two Contested CWA Permits, Limiting EAB Petitions

EPA is agreeing to rewrite key elements in a pair of contested Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permits in response to environmental groups' petitions for the agency Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) to find them unlawfully lenient, reducing the chance of a ruling from the board that would limit regulators' permit authority going forward.

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EIP weighs options for stricter slaughterhouse ELG push

The Environmental Integrity Project in a new report says analysis of wastewater discharges from meat processing plants shows frequent permit violations and the need to update EPA effluent limits.

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EPA's CWA Rule Faces Uncertain Future Despite Wheeler's '30-Day' Target

EPA's replacement Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction standard faces a highly uncertain future, with agency officials privately warning stakeholders that there is no clear timeline for proposing it because the rule is still under White House review -- despite Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler targeting the rule's release within 30 days.

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EPW Democrats say 'rule of law' requires undoing Pruitt EPA rules

The Senate environment panel's minority says acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler can only fulfill his promise to “restore the rule of law” by abandoning his predecessor's policy agenda.

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House, Senate leaders urge Trump to sign water infrastructure bill

Congressional leaders are touting passage of legislation to expand EPA's drinking water infrastructure program and increase funding for an agency infrastructure loan program.

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EPA Faces Call To Include OLEM In 2019 Oil & Gas Wastewater Rule Decision

EPA's Office of Water (OW) plans to make a decision by the middle of next year on whether to amend its effluent rules for onshore oil and gas extraction to allow for increased discharge options, but environmentalists fear OW's decision may fail to coordinate with an upcoming waste office decision about the sector.

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