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Trump signs law to aid lead service line replacement

The new law makes it easier for states to shift money between their clean water and drinking water revolving funds in order to assist communities in replacing lead drinking water pipes.

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Alaska groups sue EPA over Pebble Mine ‘veto’ reversal

Native Alaskans and commercial fishermen in new litigation are claiming EPA’s withdrawal of a planned “veto” of the contentious Pebble Mine was arbitrary and capricious.

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EPA delays draft toxicity assessments for five PFAS

The agency’s Integrated Risk Information System program update shows the expected release of the draft assessments has slipped by three months but is still within the bounds of an “action plan” timeline.

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Courts Wrestle With Potential Impact Of ‘Repeal’ Rule On CWA Litigation

Federal courts are wrestling with the potential impact of EPA’s rule repealing the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction policy on litigation over the 2015 standard, including whether to put the challenges on hold until the repeal takes effect or potentially vacate the existing standard in cases where it has been remanded to the agency.

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North Carolina Eyes Applying EPA PFAS Water Advisory To Groundwater

North Carolina regulators are proposing the state adopt EPA’s health advisory for two well-known per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals as a state groundwater standard and are asking the state’s science advisors for advice on the proposal, according to a presentation at the advisors’ most recent meeting.

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Wheeler touts CWA jurisdiction rule revision in North Dakota visit

In a visit to one of the states most supportive of the Trump administration’s efforts to revise Clean Water Act jurisdiction, the EPA administrator emphasized a pending rule’s focus on state authority.

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EPA Region 4 updating disaster response policy

EPA Region 4 is finalizing an updated disaster response policy for its Water Division following recommendations from the agency’s Inspector General.

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Critics of EO axing advisory panels urge Trump to rescind order

A wide-ranging collection of groups is arguing that President Donald Trump’s executive order requiring EPA and other agencies to eliminate advisory panels is “arbitrary,” “specious” and harmful.

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EPA, Environmentalists Agree To Six-Month Delay Of Final Perchlorate Rule

EPA and environmentalists have agreed to a six-month extension, from December until June 2020, of the agency’s court-ordered deadline to finalize a long-delayed rule addressing perchlorate in drinking water, which follows EPA’s previously announced six-month delay in issuing the proposed version of the rule.

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Environmentalists, EPA Agree To Six-Month Delay Of Final Perchlorate Rule

EPA and environmentalists have agreed to a six-month extension, from December until June 2020, of the agency’s court-ordered deadline to finalize a long-delayed rule addressing perchlorate in drinking water, which follows EPA’s previously announced six-month delay in issuing the proposed version of the rule.

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