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EPA Cites Future Suits In Bid To Consolidate Gold King Mine Spill Litigation

EPA is asking federal judges to combine all litigation over the 2015 Gold King Mine wastewater spill including potentially “hundreds” of future cases that victims of the spill might bring if their administrative claims for damages are denied, but plaintiffs in the current suits say the agency fails to meet the high bar for granting consolidation.

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Company Asks Supreme Court To Limit State CWA Power Over Pipelines

The Constitution Pipeline Company is asking the Supreme Court to review and overturn a lower court ruling that upheld New York's denial of a Clean Water Act (CWA) certification for its proposed natural gas pipeline, charging that state authority under the CWA is superseded by federal energy regulators' exclusive jurisdiction over interstate pipelines as well as provisions of energy and natural gas laws.

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Environmentalists fault EPA denial of expanded stormwater permits

Environmentalists charge that EPA cannot rely on the potential for future pollution reductions to decline mandating stormwater permits for properties that contribute to water quality harms.

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EPA, IG at odds over BEACH Act reporting mandates

EPA is disagreeing with calls from the agency's Inspector General to increase reports to Congress on the federal beach water quality grants program.

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High Court CWA Suit Poses Test For Gorsuch On Deference, States' Rights

A pending Supreme Court petition challenging EPA's rule exempting transfers of one body of water to another from Clean Water Act (CWA) permit protections poses a test for how Justice Neil Gorusch will balance his opposition to deferring to agencies' decisions with his support for the rights of the states that back the rule, observers say.

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EPA Rejects Ohio's Lake Erie Decision, Environmentalists Seek Cleanup Plan

EPA has withdrawn its prior approval of Ohio's decision to leave the open waters of Lake Erie off the state's 2016 list of impaired waters after finding that Ohio's initial submission was incomplete, but environmentalists who have sued EPA over the initial approval are urging a federal court to compel the agency to develop a cleanup plan for the lake.

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States Urge Trump Administration To Ensure Consistent Response On PFAS

State regulators are asking EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to work with states and the Defense Department to address a number of concerns related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, including ensuring that state and federal agencies avoid different risk values when addressing the chemicals.

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NAS prepares to examine Legionella in drinking water systems

The National Academy of Sciences, through an EPA-sponsored study, is preparing to review the state of the science on controlling and preventing Legionella in water systems.

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EPA Approval Of Oklahoma Ash Program May Set Marker For Other States

EPA is proposing to approve Oklahoma's plan for regulating coal ash disposal under a 2016 law that opened the door for the agency to delegate implementation of its first-time ash program, and the approval may set a marker for other states by suggesting swift approval if the plans adhere closely to the requirements in EPA's program.

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EPA Plans Response To Competing Views On Uranium Groundwater Rule

EPA plans to respond to both the head of the Senate environment committee and environmentalists over competing views on whether the agency should withdraw a draft groundwater protection rule for in-situ uranium mining and enter into an agreement with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to clarify limits on EPA's authority governing such standards.

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