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Carper Steps Up Push To Strengthen PFAS Rules After Congress’ Failure

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the top Democrat on the Senate environment committee, is stepping up his efforts to get legislative measures passed this year to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under drinking water and Superfund laws after lawmakers were unable to secure a deal on the measures in defense legislation.

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EPA sends PFAS groundwater cleanup guide for OMB review

Any final guidance will test concerns that the Pentagon may have sought to pre-empt the screening levels EPA had floated in a draft version of the document.

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Study links fossil fuel companies to ocean acidification

Researchers with the Union of Concerned Scientists say the newly published study is the first to track how much any one fossil fuel company contributed to the problem and in what way.

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Maryland County Asks High Court To Reverse Strict State MS4 Permit Ruling

A Maryland county is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a novel ruling from the state’s high court that the county says improperly expands the scope of a Clean Water Act (CWA) stormwater permit to make the county responsible for stormwater runoff outside of its control and prevents judicial review of the stormwater system’s regulatory classification.

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Wheeler Plans To Scale Back SAB’s Process For Reviewing EPA Rules

EPA appears poised to overhaul the process the agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) has used for reviewing the science underlying ongoing rulemakings, with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler floating a new, “immediately effective” process that gives no role for SAB’s existing work group and instead places all decisions with SAB’s chair.

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Environmentalists sue EPA over novel Missouri nutrient standards

The suit claims the agency’s approval of the state’s narrative standards last year was arbitrary and capricious because EPA had previously held numeric criteria were necessary.

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Early UCMR4 results show few detections of cyanotoxins

EPA drinking water officials say the results are a “pleasant surprise” but may be the result of utilities implementing recommendations in 2015 guidance.

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After NDAA Failure, House Democrats Vow 2020 Floor Vote On PFAS Bill

After failing to secure significant regulatory provisions addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the pending fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), top House Democrats are pledging to bring to the floor early next year a comprehensive, stand-alone measure addressing the chemicals.

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Despite Trump Complaints, EPA Water Efficiency Standards Win Support

Despite President Donald Trump’s recent complaints about EPA water efficiency standards for bathroom fixtures, plumbing manufacturers, local water districts and environmentalists earlier this year strongly backed the agency’s voluntary WaterSense program and urged a steady course or, in some cases, more stringent standards.

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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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