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Biden Administration Might Spur Bid For Statutory Change To CWA’s Scope

If Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden defeats President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election, supporters of stronger Clean Water Act (CWA) protections may ask Congress to revise the law to clarify its scope, although experts say the success of such an effort will depend on whether Democrats win a clear majority in the House and Senate.

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EPA Asks D.C. Circuit To Reject NRDC Request For Stay Of Perchlorate Suit

EPA is asking a federal appeals court to reject the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) request to stay a challenge of the agency’s decision not to regulate perchlorate in drinking water until a lower court rules on EPA’s termination of a consent decree that had required it to issue a drinking water standard for the rocket fuel ingredient.

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House panel probes reasons for PFOA releases at plants

The head of a House oversight subcommittee is pressing two manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to explain why a phased-out chemical is continuing to be discharged from two facilities.

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Leopold Touts Return From Obama EPA Legal Positions To ‘Historic’ Claims

Matt Leopold, who served almost three years as the Trump EPA’s general counsel before stepping down last month, is touting his work to “reimagine” what he says were erroneous legal positions taking by the Obama administration, saying he strived to return the agency to its “historic positions” on the scope of its statutory and regulatory powers.

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Environmentalists, Former Staffer Urge EPA To Reject Florida CWA 404 Plan

Environmentalists and a retired EPA employee are urging the agency to reject Florida’s request to assume Clean Water Act (CWA) section 404 dredge-and-fill permitting authority, with environmentalists arguing there are significant gaps in the state’s plan and the agency alumnus raising concerns that it will decrease environmental protections.

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House Democrats’ Ocean Climate Bill Would Ban Drilling, Help Fisheries

House Democrats are floating legislation that would for the first time seek to address the effects of climate change on the oceans, banning new offshore drilling while at the same time upgrading federal ocean management efforts and aiding fisheries by reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions that cause climate change.

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EPA weighs allowing Texas to issue oil, gas CWA permits

Region 6 is reviewing a request from Texas to allow the state to issue Clean Water Act discharge permits for certain oil and gas activities, increasing state control over drilling activities in the energy-rich region.

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EPN Raises Concerns EPA Affordability Guide Will Delay CWA Compliance

A group of former EPA officials and staff is raising concerns about the agency’s proposed changes to guidance on calculating whether wastewater utilities can afford required infrastructure improvements, saying the modifications will extend the time utilities are out of compliance with the Clean Water Act (CWA) and urging other options.

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McCarthy Says States’ Innovation May Be Key To Exiting Trump EPA ‘Morass’

Obama EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the Trump administration’s abandonment of environmental regulation is forcing states to take the lead in protecting public health and the environment, and innovation happening with such policies at the state and local level will be key to “how we build out of the morass we’re in now.”

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EPA Announces Broad Federal Strategy To Reduce Marine Litter Worldwide

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has announced the launch of a broad new federal strategy aimed at preventing and reducing marine litter worldwide, with a focus on boosting the capacity of waste management systems and collaborating with the private sector on providing incentives to the global recycling market to minimize waste.

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