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Talking Points Hint At 'Combo' EPA-Corps Policy To Narrow CWA's Scope

Trump administration talking points on the imminent Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule suggest EPA will pursue what an environmentalist attorney calls a “combo” of two competing Supreme Court tests for determining the law's scope, drawing on both to produce a jurisdiction standard potentially even narrower than expected.

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EPA Grappling With Dozens Of New Water Programs But With Few Funds

EPA is struggling to implement 32 new wastewater and drinking water mandates included in the recently enacted water resources development law even though some of the requirements -- such as measures addressing the cost of replacing lead service lines -- lack new funding, officials told their drinking water advisers Dec. 6.

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EPA Faces White House Push For LCR Despite Pipe Replacement Questions

EPA water office staff are facing calls from President Donald Trump and acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to quickly propose revisions to the drinking water lead and copper rule (LCR) even as they continue to wrestle with how to reconcile calls from advisers for full lead service line (LSL) replacement with questions about costs and legal authority to do so.

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Michigan GOP, bracing for Democratic governor, eyes rollbacks

Michigan's GOP legislature is scrambling to curtail the state's environmental programs ahead of a new Democratic governor taking office next year.

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EPA Eyes Dec. 11 For Proposal Narrowing Obama CWA Jurisdiction Policy

EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are planning to unveil their proposed rule to narrow the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction standard at a Dec. 11 EPA headquarters event, says an informed source, marking a long-awaited step that will set the terms for the next round of litigation over the proper scope of the water law.

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EPA, USDA encourage local, market-based nutrient controls

The agencies are pledging to reduce regulatory or other barriers that are preventing states from developing market-based solutions to reducing nutrients just as a report showed few states have adopted plans.

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Trump signs bill preserving EPA control of ballast water

The enactment of the Coast Guard authorization bill has drawn praise from industry but mixed reactions from states and environmentalists over its preemption of state authority to set discharge limits.

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Judge Grants EPA Bid To Reconsider Controversial Maine Water Standards

A federal judge has granted the Trump EPA's request to reconsider the Obama administration's controversial decision rejecting Maine water quality standards (WQS), clearing the way for the agency to roll back a decision that dischargers feared could result in unlawfully stringent permit limits if the agency used a similar rationale in other states.

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Judge Rejects EPA Bid To Limit Scope Of Ruling Undoing CWA Rule Delay

A federal district judge who scrapped EPA's two-year delay of the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule has rejected requests from the agency and industry groups to either reverse the ruling or limit its scope to only South Carolina, teeing up a likely appeals court fight as the Trump administration looks to broadly reinstate the delay.

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Judge stays deadline for climate-related TMDL

The stay will clear the way for EPA to appeal to the 9th Circuit the thorny question of whether EPA must craft cleanup plans in cases where states have not.

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