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House Republicans unveil water infrastructure plan

The bill’s provisions are nearly identical to a compromise bipartisan bill that passed the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) in 2019 but which is less than what Democrats are now seeking.

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Stakeholders Spar Over Scope Of PFAS Testing In EPA Drinking Water Rule

States, chemical users and manufacturers, and environmental groups are raising varied concerns over EPA’s proposed rule to require utilities to monitor for 29 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and lithium, including staking opposing positions on whether the agency is correct in limiting the rule to 29 PFAS.

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Drinking Water Utilities Raise Concerns About EPA Monitoring Regulation

Drinking water utilities are providing a mixed reaction to EPA’s proposed rule to require utilities to monitor for 29 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and lithium, concurring with some of the proposal’s provisions but raising concerns about others such as data collection efforts they say are burdensome and unnecessary.

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States Seek Corps’ Talks To Resolve Fight Over CWA Permit Certifications

Attorneys general (AGs) from six states are urging the Army Corps of Engineers to “change course and engage with” states to solve a dispute over states’ role in issuing Clean Water Act (CWA) water quality certifications for a slew of Corps-issued dredge-and-fill general permits, saying the states and EPA have proposed possible resolutions.

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Governors urge Congress to invest $1 billion in Chesapeake Bay

The governors of the six states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed say the significant and much needed infusion of new funds will jumpstart the final phase of restoration ahead of an EPA deadline as well as create jobs.

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OIG Warns EPA Enforcement Declines May Harm Health; OECA Defends Record

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is warning that a steady decline in agency enforcement activities “may expose the public and the environment to undetected harmful pollutants,” in a sharply critical report that finds the downward trend was found on a statute-by-statute bases and at EPA headquarters and in each of the agency’s 10 regions.

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Pennsylvania lawmakers counter Guard’s appeal of PFAS permit limits

The lawmakers want President Joe Biden to call on the Air National Guard to drop a challenge of discharge limits for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that the state is requiring at a Guard base.

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Senators Query EPA’s Fox On WOTUS But Signal Easy Confirmation

EPA water office nominee Radhika Fox reiterated her pledge to work with states and industry groups on a new “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule at her Senate confirmation hearing, drawing praise from Republicans who raised no objection to her confirmation even as they warned her against reviving the Obama-era water policy.

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EPA proposes clarifications for construction stormwater permit

The proposed changes for the 2022 version of the construction general permit for stormwater seek to improve the clarity of the permit and add specificity to the permit requirements.

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EPA backs OIG call to craft strategies for reducing trash in waterways

Responding to recommendations from the Office of Inspector General, the agency says it is evaluating obstacles facing states and municipalities and is continuing its support of trash-reduction initiatives.

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