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NWF praises Biden’s pick for Corps civil works chief

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is praising President Joe Biden’s reported choice of Jaime Pinkham to serve in a key position overseeing the Army Corps of Engineers’ Clean Water Act regulatory program.

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Environmentalists outline arguments in EPA LCR litigation

Environmental and civil rights groups are highlighting both procedural and substantive issues they plan to raise in their challenges to the Trump EPA’s revised lead and copper rule (LCR).

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CLF suit could test Supreme Court’s CWA groundwater permit ruling

The new citizen suit from the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) could help further clarify the Supreme Court’s “functional equivalent” test for when Clean Water Act discharge permits are needed for groundwater.

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Environmentalists Warn PFAS Might Lessen COVID-19 Vaccine’s Efficacy

Environmental researchers are warning that exposures to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) could potentially reduce the effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccine, with one analyst saying that even though data on such a link is limited it suggests a need to prioritize vaccine rollout in communities with higher PFAS exposures.

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House Democrats Eye ‘Ambitious’ Water Infrastructure Funding Measure

Democratic leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) are planning to reintroduce water infrastructure legislation to reauthorize a key EPA funding program at “ambitious” levels, pushing back on Republican concerns that increased federal funding is unrealistic.

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Regan Suggests Potential Middle-Ground WOTUS Policy For Biden EPA

Michael Regan is suggesting that, if the Senate confirms him as EPA administrator, he might consider an approach for defining Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction that takes elements of both the Obama and Trump administration’s competing policies in order to resolve legal uncertainty and address concerns from multiple stakeholders.

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Water-Sector Cybersecurity Leader Cites Resource, Ongoing Info-Sharing Needs Underscored By Florida Hack

The hack of a Florida water utility’s computer system – and attempted poisoning of the municipal water supply – offered a painful demonstration of cybersecurity resource strains facing all kinds of critical infrastructure operators, according to Kevin Morley, a cyber policy leader and manager of federal relations for the American Water Works Association.

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After Review, Biden EPA Backs Trump-Era PFAS Drinking Water Decisions

The Biden EPA is moving forward with decisions to develop drinking water standards for two of the most well-studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and to propose monitoring for dozens of PFAS in drinking water to determine if other rules are needed, backing decisions the agency made at the end of the Trump administration.

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California lawmakers press EPA to drop appeal of salt ponds case

The lawmakers want the Biden EPA to drop an appeal of a federal district court ruling that found the Trump administration had incorrectly excluded the ponds from Clean Water Act jurisdiction.

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Biden EPA Publishes Final Trump-Era Industrial Stormwater General Permit

The Biden EPA has formally published a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for industrial stormwater that appears unchanged from a version that the Trump administration finalized earlier this year as a result of a 2016 settlement agreement with environmentalists and industry but did not have time to publish.

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