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SAB struggles to review critiques of EPA science, water rules

The board’s inability to reach consensus appears likely to bolster EPA plans to ignore any criticisms SAB may provide.

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DOJ Urges 9th Circuit To Uphold Conviction In CWA Jurisdiction Test Case

The Justice Department (DOJ) is urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to uphold the criminal conviction of a defendant in a novel case that tests in part whether legal uncertainty about the reach of the Clean Water Act (CWA) is adequate grounds to reverse the jury finding.

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EPA Agrees To Modify Landmark Stormwater Permits In New Settlement

Draft settlement agreements between EPA and municipal, industry and environmental groups in New Hampshire and Massachusetts would commit the agency to at least propose loosening two Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) stormwater permits once seen as landmarks for their stringency, though it would leave some of those terms in force.

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Alliance Seeks To Back New Hampshire’s Challenge To PFAS Rule Injunction

Environmentalists are seeking to intervene in state court litigation that threatens to stall New Hampshire’s landmark drinking water and groundwater standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), with the advocates attempting to bolster the state’s case to permit the rules to remain in effect during interlocutory appeal.

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Sierra Club Urges High Court To Deny Review Of Cooling Water FOIA Ruling

The Sierra Club is urging the Supreme Court to deny a petition from the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to overturn an appellate ruling ordering the services to release draft documents on the development of EPA’s 2014 cooling water intake rule, rejecting the agencies’ claim that it conflicts with other rulings.

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EPA rejects industry bid to extend comment period on TRI PFAS plan

The agency is rejecting the waste treatment industry’s request to extend by 60 days the deadline for input on potentially adding PFAS to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).

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Judge Rejects PFAS Monitoring Case Over Lack Of ‘Hazardous’ Designation

A federal judge has granted the Navy’s request to dismiss a landmark citizen suit seeking payment for medical monitoring to detect health concerns that may develop after exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), finding that regulators’ failure to designate the chemicals as “hazardous substances” precluded the plaintiffs from filing suit under state law.

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Groups Make Last-Minute Pitches Ahead Of CWA Jurisdiction Rule Release

Supporters and critics of the Trump administration’s plan to narrow the regulatory scope of Clean Water Act (CWA) are making a final push to reiterate their competing priorities to administration officials as EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are preparing to issue the controversial rule as soon as this weekend.

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Council adds brownfields, mining projects to fast-track permitting process

Environmentalists say the action is unlawful because it did not allow for public comment.

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San Francisco CWA Permit Challenge Marks Latest Battle With Trump EPA

Extending a broader battle between the agency and California officials over environmental standards, San Francisco is challenging a Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permit EPA jointly issued with the state for the city’s combined sewer system, charging some of the permit conditions are based on erroneous findings or an abuse of discretion.

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