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Michigan governor objects to EPA ballast standards proposal

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has invoked a relatively new section of the Clean Water Act to argue the proposed standards would harm the state’s water quality and undermine the law’s requirements.

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Environmentalists sue EPA over Yazoo Pumps approval

American Rivers and three other environmental groups say the agency’s decision to back the controversial flood control project is an “illegal revocation” of a 2008 Clean Water Act veto of a similar project.

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EPA sends water trading policy for OMB review

The policy is expected to detail options for determining water quality “baselines” for generating credits from nonpoint sources.

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Democratic States, Environmentalists Oppose EPA CWA Permitting Guide

Democratic state attorneys general (AGs) and environmentalists are calling on EPA to withdraw its guidance implementing a landmark Supreme Court ruling on when pollutants that travel through groundwater to surface waters require a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit, calling the proposed guidance illegal on several fronts.

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Industries Back EPA Groundwater Permitting Guide But Seek More Clarity

Industry groups are generally supporting EPA’s proposed guidance on implementing a landmark Supreme Court ruling that outlined a seven-factor test for determining when pollutants that travel through groundwater require a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit, but they are urging the agency to provide additional guidance on permit issuance.

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Alaska plans to challenge Pebble Mine CWA permit denial

State officials say the Army Corps of Engineers’ denial of a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit for the mine “has far-reaching and ominous implications” for the state’s ability to develop its resources.

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EPA Says New York Bolstering Chesapeake Bay Plan, Seeks More Changes

New York is taking steps to place it on track to meet federal nutrient and sediment reduction targets for the Chesapeake Bay but the state could do more work to better ensure that the cleanup goals will be met by 2025, EPA says in a recently released analysis that will likely play a role in ongoing litigation over the agency’s role in the bay’s cleanup.

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Federal district court dismisses CWA suit over Louisiana plastics plant

A federal district court says there is no value in retaining jurisdiction over the permit after the Army Corps of Engineers opted to reconsider portions of a Clean Water Act permit.

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Final EPA Effluent Plan Targets PFAS, Details Rules For Energy Industries

EPA’s final Clean Water Act (CWA) plan for reviewing and revising technology-based effluent limits expands the agency’s study of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), moves toward regulating some manufacturers, and details efforts to revise some power plant effluent limits while providing “flexibility” for oil and gas wastewater reuse.

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EPA Weighs Future Changes To Effluent Limits For Several Major Sectors

EPA’s latest plan for updating effluent standards for many industries says the agency is continuing to study the electrical and electronic components (E&EC) sector and the meat and poultry products industry to assist its review of whether to make any future changes to those limits.

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