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CWA Rule Repeal Opponents Ready Legal Arguments Against Withdrawal

Environmental attorneys opposed to EPA's pending rule to repeal the Obama administration's Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction policy are readying arguments for expected legal challenges to the withdrawal, including that the repeal effort's economic analysis and lack of policy depth fall short of what Supreme Court precedent requires.

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EPA Urged To Model CERCLA Sediment Cleanups On Great Lakes Program

Groups representing liable parties and cleanup contractors are urging EPA to borrow concepts from its Great Lakes cleanup program and create a national public-private collaborative to speed cleanups at Superfund sediment mega-sites, a shift from the litigation-driven, polluter-pays concept though one that will likely require congressional action to advance.

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EPA Says New Rulemaking Moots Challenge To 'Interim' Stay Of Utility ELG

EPA is asking a federal district judge to end litigation over its now-withdrawn “interim” stay of compliance deadlines in the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent rule for power plants, saying the challenge is moot due to a separate recently finalized rule that codifies many of the same compliance deadline extensions.

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States, Environmentalists Seek High Court Review Of Water Transfer Suit

Environmentalists and seven states are asking the Supreme Court to take up their challenge to EPA's Clean Water Act (CWA) rule that exempts water transfers from permit requirements, saying an appellate court's decision to uphold the Bush-era rule contradicts the law's plain text and breaks with the justices' past rulings.

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Utilities Warn CWA Groundwater Liability Undermines EPA RCRA Ash Rule

Utilities are warning that a district court ruling subjecting coal ash disposal sites to Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permits for leaks into groundwater could subvert EPA's Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) rule governing ash disposal, an outcome they say could throw states' waste programs into “disarray.”

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Florida senators press Pruitt on water utility 'resilience'

Florida's senators are seeking additional assistance from EPA to reduce the risks from exposure to contaminated wastewater after Hurricane Irma harmed water systems.

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EPA weighs longer comment period for aluminum criteria

EPA is considering requests from New Mexico and Massachusetts drinking water utilities to extend the comment period for revised aluminum water quality criteria.

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Suit Over State Nonpoint Program Advances, Bolstering Environmentalists

A federal district court judge is allowing environmentalists' litigation seeking to strengthen Washington state's program to control pollution from stormwater runoff to proceed, rejecting Justice Department (DOJ) efforts to dismiss the suit after finding the plaintiffs have met procedural hurdles to bring their claims against EPA and other agencies.

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Senate authorizes funding for military PFAS cleanups

The Senate has approved legislation authorizing the military to spend $62 million on remediating contamination from chemicals in firefighting foam.

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EPA analyzing environmental impacts of WIFIA projects

EPA is preparing to analyze the environmental impacts of providing loans from its Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program.

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