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EPA seeks to combine lawsuits over power plant ELG revisions

EPA has notified the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation of two challenges to the agency’s power plant effluent limitations guidelines (ELG), the first step in combining the lawsuits.

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Pebble Mine leaders optimistic about securing CWA permit

The company seeking to build the controversial mine in Alaska says its comprehensive mitigation plan can achieve the high bar for in-kind and in-watershed mitigation the Army Corps of Engineers is requiring.

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Environmentalists Back Biden’s PFAS Plan But Seek To Speed Strict Limits

Environmentalists will press the incoming Biden administration to implement its campaign pledges to regulate and study risks of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) but they are also planning to urge officials to quickly adopt strict standards, including with the use of novel emergency power to quickly set drinking water limits.

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Dingell Outlines Democrats’ Plans To Speed PFAS Legislation, Regulation

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) says Democrats have three core actions they will pursue to speed legislation and regulation for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) including reintroducing a sweeping PFAS bill, urging the Biden administration to issue PFAS mitigation policies, and educating the public on the chemicals’ risks.

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Water Utilities Outline Funding, Policy Priorities For Biden Administration

Drinking water utilities are making a series of recommendations to the incoming Biden administration, outlining their funding and policy priorities including an immediate need to address the adverse water impacts of COVID-19 and longer term concerns such as providing adequate research funding to determine new drinking water regulations.

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Biden Administration Might Struggle To Quickly Undo Trump WOTUS Rule

The incoming Biden administration will almost certainly make review of the Trump EPA’s waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule a priority, but legal precedent and the complexity involved in defining WOTUS make it uncertain as to whether any regulatory changes can occur quickly, a former EPA official and other experts say.

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Washington farm groups raise concerns about EPA stormwater settlement

Agriculture groups in the state say a proposed settlement between EPA and environmentalists on how to protect endangered species from stormwater runoff is part of a trend of unilateral regulation.

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7th Circuit Weighs Dueling Interpretations Of Maui Groundwater Precedent

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit is weighing competing arguments on how a landmark Supreme Court Clean Water Act (CWA) ruling on groundwater pollution applies to environmentalists’ suit seeking more stringent regulation of Illinois coal ash ponds, illustrating the challenge courts face interpreting the precedent.

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D.C. Circuit Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Superfund NPL Site Listing

A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by industry seeking to derail EPA’s listing of a New Jersey industrial site to Superfund’s National Priorities List (NPL), with the responsible party failing to convince the court that the agency violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when it scored the site for listing.

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EPA Readies Water Trading Policy But Leaves Implementation To States

EPA is poised to release its final water quality trading policy “soon,” says top water office official who is also warning industry and local officials not to expect the plan to fund pilot programs or establish federal credit-trading “clearinghouse” operations, saying the agency intends to create a “foundation” for states to implement.

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