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Facing Legal Hurdles, EPA's 'Secret Science' Plan Punts On Key Issues

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has signed a long-promised plan barring the agency's use of any information in decision-making that is not publicly available, but the proposed rule punts on a host of tricky legal and implementation issues, including statutory mandates to use the best available science and how to address confidential trade secrets and medically protected data.

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NRDC Threatens Rare SDWA Suit Over New Jersey City's LCR Compliance

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is threatening to file a rare suit against state and local officials in New Jersey over alleged violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) lead and copper rule (LCR), citing sampling and water treatment issues that are central to EPA's debate over how to update the LCR.

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5th Circuit prepares to hear ELG delay challenge

An appeals court is starting up a case over EPA's delay of an Obama-era power plant effluent rule after a district judge blocked environmentalists' bid to keep an identical suit in a lower court.

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Utilities Urge EPA To Delay Ash Rule Deadlines Pending Policy Revisions

Utilities are urging EPA to postpone compliance deadlines in its coal ash disposal rule while the agency revises the policy to allow for site-specific disposal criteria and other flexibilities, warning that even if the rule is changed ahead of those deadlines there will be little time to craft new standards before facilities must take “irreversible” compliance steps.

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Boozman touts 'SRF WIN' bill but open to changes

Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) told water industry representatives he is willing to make additional changes to his bill that some industry representatives have criticized.

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EPA's Ross Eyes Greater Water Policy 'Engagement,' Incremental Changes

EPA water chief David Ross is looking for ways to replicate in other rulemakings the type of engagement the agency used with states to discuss changes to the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule, while stressing the need for incremental progress with water policies rather than trying to accomplish everything at once.

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EPA issues first WIFIA loan

EPA has finalized its first loan under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program, providing $134.5 million to King County, WA.

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Top Democrats Urge EPA To Quickly Craft Enforceable SDWA Limit For PFAS

More than two dozen Democratic senators are urging EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to quickly develop an enforceable, federal standard under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though agency officials have said that development of such a standard would be a “multi-year” effort.

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States criticize EPA’s efforts to 'delay' CWA jurisdiction rule suit

Seven GOP-led states are pushing back against EPA’s latest attempt to block substantive litigation over the 2015 Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule.

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Democratic senators block ballast provision

Democratic senators have blocked a controversial provision that would remove EPA's Clean Water Act regulation of ships' ballast water.

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