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Supreme court sets Nov. 6 argument in CWA groundwater suit

The justices will hear argument on whether the Clean Water Act covers groundwater-borne pollution early in the second month of its next term.

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DOE Urges Wheeler To Limit Superfund’s Reach At Nuclear Waste Site

A top Energy Department (DOE) official is reiterating potentially precedent-setting arguments that DOE’s Atomic Energy Act (AEA) authorities should effectively supersede EPA authorities under the Superfund law in the cleanup of the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation, TN.

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House panel eyes EPA estuary panel reauthorization

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee appears likely to move a legislative package, perhaps by the end of the year, to reauthorize several related EPA estuary restoration programs.

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EPA declines to tighten states’ Chesapeake Bay oversight

The Center for Progressive Reform says the Trump administration’s response to state’s plans for meeting Chesapeake Bay cleanup goals sends a strong signal EPA will no longer take seriously its central role.

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House Bill Would Require EPA To Set PFAS Effluent Limits By 2022

Democratic House lawmakers from New Hampshire have introduced legislation to require EPA to develop Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent limits for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by 2022, drawing praise from environmentalists but raising questions about the agency’s ability to meet the deadline given a current lack of data.

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EPA opts to leave oil, gas ELG unchanged

The agency says a new review of information confirms all facilities subject to the unconventional oil and gas rule, including those in Pennsylvania, can meet its zero-discharge standard.

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Changes To California Bill Locking In Obama Rules Fail To Quell Opposition

California Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has made a series of amendments easing her controversial bill that would lock into state law Obama-era environmental and worker safety rules, but the changes are failing to fully address industry and water agency opposition, setting up the potential for more talks and further changes.

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States Seek Data To Enhance Produced Water Reuse As EPA Eyes New Rules

State regulators are outlining research needs that, if answered, could increase the feasibility of reusing produced water from oil and gas drilling, an approach that stands in contrast to EPA plans to ease regulatory requirements as a way to encourage the practice.

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Environmentalists threaten to sue EPA over slaughterhouse ELG

Environmentalists say EPA has failed to meet its statutory duty to review the agency’s effluent rules for slaughterhouses, some of which date back to 1974.

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Judge rejects environmentalists’ bid to intervene in CWA rule suit

A federal judge in Oregon has denied environmentalists’ motion to intervene in litigation brought by cattle groups seeking to block the 2015 Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule.

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