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Few states have developed Gulf hypoxia plans, report finds

Despite advice from an EPA-led task force, only a handful of states in the Mississippi River watershed are comprehensively working to reduce nutrient loadings.

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TVA Urges 6th Circuit To Let Stand Rejection Of CWA Groundwater Case

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is calling on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit to deny environmentalists' bid for rehearing of a divided panel’s holding that TVA cannot face Clean Water Act (CWA) liability for groundwater leaks from its coal ash storage, arguing the decision did not break with precedent or create a circuit split.

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Supreme Court Seeks White House's Views On CWA Groundwater Lawsuits

The Supreme Court is giving the Trump administration just one month to weigh in on whether the Clean Water Act (CWA) limits pollution that travels through groundwater to protected surface waters, potentially posing a difficult test for EPA as the agency is in the early stages of crafting a rule or guidance to address the same question.

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Northeast State Officials Eye Organized Approach On Assessing PFAS Risks

Prompted by a federal agency's strict draft risk values released earlier this year, toxicologists in New York and other Northeast states have held a dialogue on the risks posed by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), an early informal, coordinated effort to prepare for a possible review should state regulators decide to craft drinking water standards.

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EPA Expanding Validated Testing Methods For PFAS In Various Media

As public concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) mount, EPA has updated and expanded its validated test methods for identifying the chemicals in drinking water, a move that will help laboratories determine which PFAS compounds are present in drinking water.

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Utilities Urge EPA To Fix SDWA Constitutional Concern In Perchlorate Rule

Rural water utilities are suggesting that a provision in the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) that gives the EPA administrator “sole judgment” to determine new contaminants may be vulnerable to a constitutional challenge under the “non-delegation” doctrine, and are urging the agency to address the issue in an upcoming rule governing perchlorate.

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High Court Urged To Stop EPA 'Tyranny' Of Vetoes Blocking CWA Permits

Supporters of a Michigan roads commission's request for the Supreme Court to let it sue EPA over the agency's “objection” to a state-crafted Clean Water Act (CWA) dredge-and-fill permit say the case is a vital effort to prevent the agency's “tyranny” in vetoing permits for state land use actions without facing judicial review of such decisions.

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Environmentalists Cite Health Fears To Fight EPA Water 'Blending' Policy

Environmentalists are threatening to sue EPA over any rule that authorizes wastewater treatment plants to “blend” partly- and fully-treated effluent during wet-weather events, warning in written comments that the state of research into potential health harms from blending is too thin to support a rational rulemaking process.

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EPA, environmentalists clash over latest CWA rule delay order

Environmental groups and EPA are staking out competing positions on the logic behind the Nov. 26 court order that scrapped the Trump administration's delay of the Obama-era jurisdiction rule.

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Environmentalists seek 9th Circuit oversight of EAB permit case

Environmentalists say the appeals court must set a deadline for EPA to finish any revisions to a contentious power plant Clean Water Act permit in a case linked to the “sue-and-settle” doctrine.

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