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EPA sends Great Lakes CSO rule for OMB review

The White House is reviewing EPA's final rule for when and how combined sewer overflows in the Great Lakes region must be reported to the public.

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DOJ Official Vows Strong CWA Enforcement Under Trump Administration

The Justice Department's (DOJ) acting environment chief is vowing the Trump administration will pursue a “strong program” of civil and criminal Clean Water Act (CWA) enforcement while promoting “a compliance assistance mindset” as many states and localities have done, downplaying concerns about possible enforcement cuts.

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Fearing High Court Ruling, EPA Proposes Two-Year Delay For CWA Rule

EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are proposing to retroactively delay the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule's effective date into 2019 or beyond, in order to avoid having to apply the Obama-era policy they are seeking to repeal, if a Supreme Court ruling dissolves a nationwide stay blocking the rule's implementation.

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Science, Policy Questions Pose Major Hurdles For CWA Jurisdiction Rule

Scientific and policy questions are posing major lingering hurdles for state regulators, utilities, industry groups and others as they aim to craft recommendations for how EPA should develop a Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule to replace the Obama-era jurisdiction regulation that critics say failed to resolve many of those questions.

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Final defense authorization bill requires national PFAS study

The House and Senate have agreed to require a national study on the health effects of perfluorinated substances, focusing on at least eight military facilities.

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EAB Weighs Limits On EPA Power To Soften Obama-Era Nutrient Permits

EPA's Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) is weighing a new case over the agency's bid to soften nutrient limits in a wastewater treatment plant's Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permit, potentially testing the limits of the Trump administration's ability to loosen permits crafted by its predecessors despite the law's “anti-backsliding” provisions.

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EPA Fights 'Constructive Submission' Theory Seeking To Force TMDL

EPA is urging a federal district court to reject environmentalists' “constructive submission” theory that the lack of a state-crafted waterbody cleanup plan for the Columbia and Snake rivers in Washington and Oregon means the states have abandoned efforts to craft a plan and that the agency must now impose its own plan on them.

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Senate Democrats ask GAO to review new EPA advisors policy

Democratic Senators are asking the Government Accountability Office to expand its probe of EPA's new policies for choosing members of its advisory committees.

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EPA developing nutrients 'willingness to pay' survey

EPA is taking comment on its plan to survey the public's willingness to pay for nutrient controls that would improve the quality of recreational waters coastal New England.

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Draft House RCRA Farm Waste Bill Draws Major Debate, Despite Revisions

Proposed legislation that would block Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) citizen suits over farm waste disposal if the agricultural operation is working with a regulator to come into compliance drew significant debate from proponents and opponents at a recent congressional hearing, even after lawmakers pared back the bill's scope.

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