Democratic and GOP members of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) are voicing support for the latest iteration of a bill to codify EPA's Clean Water Act (CWA) integrated planning policy, signaling that the long-pending legislation -- which has support from municipal groups -- might finally reach the Senate floor this year.
Electric utilities are citing President Donald Trump's regulatory reform executive orders (EOs) to bolster their new petition urging EPA to reconsider the Obama administration's Clean Water Act effluent limitation guideline (ELG) for the sector, saying the ELG's costs and other alleged flaws make it a prime target for repeal under the EOs.
A tentative settlement to resolve some litigation over the lead in drinking water crisis in Flint, MI, would require the full replacement of lead service lines and increased drinking water monitoring in the city but leaves unanswered questions about water utilities' responsibility under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to conduct such replacements.
Environmentalists plan to use Supreme Court precedent and extensive scientific data to fight the Trump administration's expected revisions to weaken EPA's Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule, saying an executive order (EO) forcing the changes conflicts with high court rulings and the existing rule's scientific justification.
Chaos and infighting at the White House and EPA are raising doubts about whether President Donald Trump and Administrator Scott Pruitt will be able to enact their ambitious deregulatory agenda at the agency, industry, Republican, and environmentalist sources say, with the instability giving some administration critics newfound hope.
Great Lakes states, wastewater utilities and environmental groups are raising competing concerns about EPA's proposed rule outlining public notification requirements for when combined sewer overflows (CSOs) occur in the Great Lakes region, with some commenters seeking more flexibility in the rule and others calling for additional mandates.
Power sector groups are readying an administrative petition urging EPA to reconsider its Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent rule for power plants, setting the stage for the Trump administration to potentially agree with the request and try to short-circuit litigation over the Obama-era rule that industry has charged lacks a scientific justification.