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EPA, States, Utilities Grappling With Next Steps For CSO Communities

EPA, states and wastewater utilities are grappling with how regulators should respond to the emerging issue of communities with combined sewer overflows (CSOs) that have completed all the steps outlined in a Clean Water Act (CWA) plan to reduce CSOs yet still are unable to meet water quality standards.

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Proposed EPA lead and copper rule draws mixed reaction

Republicans and some in the water sector are praising the rule as an important step forward, while Democrats and environmentalists say it will do little to reduce lead exposures and may even increase them.

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EPA Proposes Slew Of Changes To Lead And Copper Rule Requirements

EPA is proposing a slew of changes to its Safe Drinking Water Act lead and copper rule (LCR) that it says are intended to target the reduction of lead in drinking water in communities most at risk, including a first-time sampling requirement for schools and revisions to other sampling requirements, as well as increased treatment and oversight.

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EPA Seeks To End TSCA Petition Challenge Over Water Fluoridation

EPA is renewing its bid to end environmental and public health groups’ efforts to obtain a court ruling on the merits of their petition asking EPA to ban drinking water fluoridation because of human health risks, in a case testing a little-used section of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) shortly after the court denied EPA’s appeal to delay a trial.

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Coal Ash Reuse Plan Draws Environmentalists’ Opposition At EPA Hearing

Environmentalists used an Oct. 10 EPA online hearing on the agency's proposal to revise coal ash disposal and reuse regulations to broadly criticize the plan, detailing potential arguments they are likely to make in a lawsuit if EPA finalizes the proposal -- which received no public backing in testimony at the event.

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Former EPA staff urge House investigation of threats to California

Almost 600 former EPA employees are urging multiple House panels to investigate the agency’s recent enforcement threats against California as a potential abuse of power.

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Trump signs law to aid lead service line replacement

The new law makes it easier for states to shift money between their clean water and drinking water revolving funds in order to assist communities in replacing lead drinking water pipes.

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Alaska groups sue EPA over Pebble Mine ‘veto’ reversal

Native Alaskans and commercial fishermen in new litigation are claiming EPA’s withdrawal of a planned “veto” of the contentious Pebble Mine was arbitrary and capricious.

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EPA delays draft toxicity assessments for five PFAS

The agency’s Integrated Risk Information System program update shows the expected release of the draft assessments has slipped by three months but is still within the bounds of an “action plan” timeline.

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Courts Wrestle With Potential Impact Of ‘Repeal’ Rule On CWA Litigation

Federal courts are wrestling with the potential impact of EPA’s rule repealing the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction policy on litigation over the 2015 standard, including whether to put the challenges on hold until the repeal takes effect or potentially vacate the existing standard in cases where it has been remanded to the agency.

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