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Advisers Debate Role In Helping EPA Boost Stormwater Funding Availability

EPA financial advisers have agreed to serve as a congressionally mandated panel to give the agency advice on stormwater infrastructure funding, though some of the advisers are raising concerns about their ability to provide independent advice when EPA will use the group's recommendations in an upcoming report to Congress.

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EPA Advisers Urge Creation Of Stormwater-Specific Infrastructure Funding

An EPA advisory board is urging the agency to create a new stormwater infrastructure financing program, either through a stand-alone mechanism or the expansion of existing EPA funding programs, after the agency sought recommendations on how to fund projects that allow water utilities to be more resilient to natural disasters.

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EPA sends proposed perchlorate goal to OMB

EPA faces an April 30 court deadline to propose its drinking water goal, which will eventually be used to determine an enforceable standard.

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Resisting EPA, DOD Chief Defends Eased PFAS Groundwater Cleanup Level

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is strongly defending his department's stance that the acceptable risk level for remediating groundwater contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) should be much weaker than the 70 parts-per-trillion (ppt) level that EPA favors, raising doubts that officials will be able to quickly issue a long-promised policy.

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Environmentalists Preview Legal Attacks On Narrow CWA Jurisdiction Rule

Environmentalists and Democrats are using their comments on EPA’s proposed narrower Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule to preview the legal attacks they will make on any final version in guaranteed litigation, saying the rule has a host of procedural flaws, breaks with Supreme Court precedent, and exceeds the agency’s authority.

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EPA Rejects CWA Limits On Groundwater Pollution Ahead Of High Court Case

EPA in a new guidance document says pollution releases to groundwater should never be subject to Clean Water Act (CWA) permit limits even if they contaminate protected surface waters, a move that could help secure deference for industry and wastewater utilities’ position in a pending Supreme Court case set to begin merits briefing on May 8.

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Top Democrat Says Wheeler 'Intended To Obfuscate' On State Permit Review

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), chair of the appropriations panel that oversees EPA’s budget, says Administrator Andrew Wheeler “intended to obfuscate” in recent testimony to avoid releasing adverse agency comments on a draft Minnesota mine permit, comments that critics say political appointees suppressed as they work to ease state oversight.

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EPA drops plan to repeal Washington water quality standard

EPA has for now dropped its plan to act on an industry petition to roll back strict Obama-era toxics limits but an environmentalist says the move is “an unfortunate signal” that EPA will resume its reconsideration.

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5th Circuit Vacates Parts Of Obama EPA Utility Effluent Rule As Too Lenient

A federal appeals court has vacated portions of the Obama EPA’s Clean Water Act (CWA) power plant effluent rule as too lenient, agreeing with environmentalists that the agency acted “arbitrarily” when it left in place decades-old technology standards designating impoundments as the “best” technology for treating some forms of waste.

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Federal judge stays Washington CWA 401 case

The federal district court judge cites concerns that claims in the case may overlap with pending state court challenges where industry plaintiffs may have a better chance of relief.

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