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EPA proposes new models for nutrient criteria in lakes

The draft technical document aims to update 20-year-old guidance documents with science based on actual monitoring data rather than “reference watersheds.”

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IPI finds EPA COVID enforcement policy troubling but not sweeping

The Institute for Policy Integrity finds that EPA’s controversial enforcement “discretion” policy during the coronavirus is potentially troubling but also has important limits.

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Judge Doubts ‘Harm’ To States From Narrower WOTUS Rule Taking Effect

A federal judge is asking California and other states challenging the Trump administration’s waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule to explain by May 22 why they would face “irreparable harm” from letting the policy take effect June 22 before he rules on whether to stay it, saying it is unclear that the states would suffer such harm.

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EPA agrees to bolster scientific integrity policies after IG findings

EPA completed two of the corrective actions the IG recommended and has indicated it will complete the remaining 10 corrective actions by June 2022.

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Wheeler Rejects Democrats’ Attacks On EPA Rollbacks Amid Pandemic

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is defending the agency’s enforcement discretion policy and deregulatory actions against Democrats’ charges that the agency is exploiting the coronavirus crisis to continue environmental rollbacks with particularly damaging consequences during the pandemic.

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IG weighs investigation of Trump EPA’s state enforcement oversight

The possible investigation responds to congressional concerns about the Trump administration’s dispute with California’s environmental policies that led to EPA allegations of Clean Water Act violations.

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EPA Weighs ESA Policy Change For States To Assume Wetlands Permitting

EPA is considering changing its position that Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations are not required before allowing states to assume Clean Water Act (CWA) wetlands permitting after Florida -- one of several states eyeing such permitting authority -- wrote a white paper contending that the consultations are necessary.

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Citing Virus’ Economic Effects, Trump Launches New Deregulatory Push

President Donald Trump is ordering EPA and other agencies to launch a new deregulatory push to help drive an economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic, issuing an executive order that urges agency heads to scale back existing rules, make permanent temporary waivers, and take other steps that may bolster employment and recovery.

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DOJ, Energy Sector Seek To Stay Landmark Ruling Blocking Pipeline Permit

The Justice Department (DOJ) and the energy industry are asking an appellate court to stay the landmark district court ruling that vacated the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for constructing pipelines, with DOJ and industry citing numerous alleged errors in the lower court’s ruling that they say are likely to be overturned on the merits.

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SAB Draft Report Says EPA COVID-19 Research Will ‘Help Reopen Society’

EPA science advisors are largely endorsing the agency’s coronavirus research plan, describing in a draft report the lengthy list as including studies that “will protect public health and help government with reopening society,” though the draft also urges EPA to add some new research questions that the advisors consider crucial for the agency to address.

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