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Senators seek to fully fund EPA's lead-in-drinking-water programs

Senators urge appropriators to fund lead mitigation programs at authorized levels.

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EPA's CCS Injection Proposal Boosts Pressure On California To 'Align' Rules

EPA's recent proposal to approve North Dakota as the first state to permit carbon capture and storage (CCS) injection wells is putting renewed pressure on California to “align” its pending rules for how CCS projects can earn lucrative carbon credits with the agency's permitting program, supporters of the technology say.

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EPA proposes new stay for Obama-era power plant ELG

EPA's new proposal could circumvent an environmentalist lawsuit that challenged the legality of an earlier agency decision to delay implementation of the utility water rule.

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House Eyes Bipartisan 'Good Samaritan' Bill For Coal Mine Cleanups

Even as lawmakers remain strongly divided on environmental policy, members of a House Natural Resources subcommittee plan to pursue bipartisan legislation that would pave the way for so-called Good Samaritan entities to fund cleanups at abandoned coal mines in part by limiting environmental liability risks that currently deter such efforts.

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House approves bill exempting pesticide spraying from CWA

Similar legislation has cleared the House in the past but has never made it out of the Senate, though its prospects may now be better given pressure on many farm state Democrats who face tough re-election battles in 2018.

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EPA defers to Ohio on Lake Erie impairment

EPA already approved some of Michigan's waters impaired but its failure to require similar listings for neighboring Ohio waters opens the door to litigation from environmentalists.

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EPA offers support for expanded CWA integrated plans

The Trump EPA is offering support for integrated wastewater and stormwater planning, suggesting regional offices could be open to including the plans in water permits.

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House Democrats Give Mixed Reaction To Draft SDWA Improvements Bill

House energy panel Democrats are giving a mixed reaction to a discussion draft of legislation aimed at improving drinking water systems through changes to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), with Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) saying it is inadequate but Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) saying there is potential for a bipartisan deal to proceed.

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EPA touts tool for assessing wetlands' non-monetary benefits

The agency says the Rapid Benefits Indicators tool will help guide wetlands restoration, including assisting in prioritizing funding and sites for restoration projects.

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EAB permit case poses test for Trump EPA's nutrient policy

Environmentalists claim that a CWA permit released early in the Trump administration dropped Obama-era nutrient targets without justification.

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