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Federal district court judge seeks clarification in salt ponds CWA case

A federal district court judge is seeking clarification from EPA, environmentalists and California about issues raised during Sept. 3 oral argument in an unusual Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction case.

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EPA Seeks Farm Panel’s Input On Interagency Work To Reduce Waste

EPA is asking its reconstituted Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities advisory committee (FRRCC) on how to bolster interagency partnerships that can encourage water reuse, cut nutrient pollution and discourage food waste, as well as seeking input on the future if its pesticides program.

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District court judge rejects request for injunction of CEQ’s NEPA rule

Environmentalists had urged a federal district court to grant a preliminary injunction blocking the White House’s overhaul of National Environmental Policy Act rules from taking effect Sept. 14.

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Wheeler downplays Chesapeake Bay cleanup suits as ‘political’

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler called the new litigation over enforcement of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan “a politically motivated lawsuit” and predicted courts will swiftly reject it.

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Investment firm's report calls Pebble Mine ‘money-losing' plan

"[W]e think it will lose money, leave investors with a stranded asset, and be canceled anyway if Joe Biden is elected," a report from J Capital Research says, adding the mining company is "gaslighting investors."

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EPA Eyes Greater Use Of Remote Compliance Monitoring Post-Pandemic

EPA is eyeing the expansion of remote video tools for environmental compliance monitoring, signaling it plans to apply the tools that it is piloting in states now due to limits on in-person inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic even after the pandemic ends, according to EPA and state officials.

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CBF, Three States Sue EPA Over Alleged Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Inaction

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and the attorneys general (AGs) of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia are suing EPA for the agency’s alleged failure to enforce the terms of the Chesapeake Bay’s landmark cleanup agreement and ensure Pennsylvania and New York meet their cleanup targets.

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White House, critics submit final briefs in NEPA rule injunction case

Environmentalists want to block the Trump administration’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule overhaul from taking effect as planned Sept. 14, but the White House says their suit should be dismissed.

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New Hampshire court ends bar on state PFAS standards

A New Hampshire state court has lifted its ban on state enforcement of landmark drinking water and groundwater standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), following legislative action.

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EPN Drinking Water Recommendations Highlight Regulatory Challenges

Recommendations from former EPA officials and staff on improving drinking water regulations highlight several issues that have been the subject of much debate among drinking water experts, including whether the agency is moving fast enough to revise or set new regulations and how to address disparities between large and small utilities.

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