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Supreme Court declines to hear CWA 401 case

The decision likely bolsters a controversial Trump EPA effort to curtail states’ powers under the Clean Water Act.

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Groups Urge Lawmakers To Reconsider Defense Bill’s PFAS Provisions

Two environmental groups are urging lawmakers to revisit a decision to significantly scale back provisions governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the pending fiscal year 2020 defense bill, pointing to bipartisan support for the water and waste measures when some of them passed as part of either the House or Senate bills.

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EPA floats CWA replacement rule as repeal measure challenged

The agency has sent for White House review a draft final rule to narrow the scope of the Clean Water Act even as EPA is facing new litigation over its decision to repeal the Obama-era jurisdiction rule.

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Lawmakers Scale Back PFAS Provisions As Defense Bill Deadline Nears

Amid partisan finger-pointing, lawmakers negotiating the fiscal year 2020 defense bill have significantly scaled back provisions governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), dropping a series of measures under a host of environmental laws that would have set firm deadlines and pathways for when and how EPA takes action.

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PFAS study may be delayed due to OMB, ATSDR dispute

Such delays means that prospective participants may have less PFAS in their blood than they did when exposures were first discovered, given communities have curbed drinking water exposures in recent years.

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State Regulators Fear ‘Nightmare’ Over Complexity Of EPA’s LCR Proposal

State drinking water regulators are raising concerns about the complexity of EPA’s proposed revisions to its lead and copper rule (LCR), predicting significant challenges in analyzing increased data, urging clarification of when certain actions would be triggered and questioning whether requiring utilities to sample in schools will reduce exposure.

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EIP Sees Steep State Environment Cuts, Undermining ‘Cooperative’ Effort

Environmentalists have unveiled new findings showing steep staff and funding cuts to environmental agencies in most states over the past decade, arguing this undermines Trump EPA claims that the agency’s own resource limits are not degrading environmental protection but rather shifting responsibility to the states.

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Environmentalists urge judge to reconsider NEPA remedy ruling

The case, concerning a high-profile transmission project near historic Jamestown, VA, has been seen as highlighting the risks of the Trump administration’s approach to environmental reviews of major projects.

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As PFAS ‘Chaos’ Deepens, States Make Case To Overhaul Drinking Water Law

As states move to craft their own standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the absence of EPA limits under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), state regulators are underscoring that the law is not working and are calling for an agency advisory panel to recommend changes, though agency officials say they are generally barred from asking Congress for legislative fixes.

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EPA Floats Draft PFAS Drinking Water Decision But Deadline Slips

EPA has floated to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its proposed threshold decision on whether to craft drinking water cleanup standards for two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and three other substances but a top official says given the length of such reviews, EPA’s deadline for releasing the draft decision will likely slip into 2020.

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