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WASTEWATER INDUSTRY CITES EPA REPORT TO BOOST INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDS

Wastewater treatment industry officials are citing an EPA report to Congress that recommends improving water infrastructure as the primary way to eliminate sewer overflows to garner support from lawmakers for funding these improvements in 2005, industry sources say.

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EPA AGREES TO RECONSIDER GULF NUTRIENT ACTION PLAN

EPA appears to have agreed to re-evaluate a contentious 2001 blueprint for reducing nutrient discharges from the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. An EPA-led task force passed a resolution at its Sept. 1 meeting that gives the group 45 days to develop a plan to reconsider the 2001 Action Plan, a source who attended the meeting says. The resolution comes after a regional EPA study recommended that federal agencies shift their current focus on limiting nitrogen from agricultural runoff to also include phosphorous discharges from industrial facilities.

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ECONOMICS MAY HAMSTRING EPA PLANS FOR NEW WATER REGULATIONS

The weak financial condition of two industries for which EPA may develop new water discharge regulations -- airports and drinking water treatment facilities -- may inhibit the agency's efforts because it must consider an industry's fiscal health when crafting the rules, sources say.

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Economics May Hamper EPA Efforts To Set New Water Discharge Standards

The recent financial troubles of two industries for which EPA has been planning to establish new water discharge regulations -- airports and drinking water treatment facilities -- may inhibit the agency's efforts because it must consider an industry's fiscal health when crafting the rules, sources say.

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Wastewater Industry Cites EPA Report To Boost Infrastructure Funds

Wastewater treatment industry officials are citing an EPA report to Congress that recommends improving water infrastructure as the primary way to eliminate sewer overflows to garner support from lawmakers for funding these improvements in 2005, industry sources say.

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Court To Hear Wastewater 'Blending' Suit After EPA Stalls In Offering Plan

A federal appellate court has agreed to consider a stayed lawsuit challenging regional enforcement of wastewater "blending" after an EPA status report confirmed the agency will miss a deadline for issuing a policy to resolve the contentious issue, industry sources say.

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EPA FIGHTS HOUSING INDUSTRY BIDS TO EXPAND SDWA CONSERVATION PLAN

EPA is rebuffing real estate industry efforts to expand a recent Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) conservation plan, declining -- for now -- to change the policy following an industry data quality challenge that alleges the agency wrongly excluded certain housing units from SDWA exemptions.

In response to a separate attack on the policy, EPA is also claiming industry litigation challenging the SDWA water conservation policy is unfit for review.

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ACTIVISTS TARGET FARMS IN LAWSUIT EYEING WATER PERMITS FOR PESTICIDES

Environmentalists are threatening to sue New England blueberry farmers for aerial application of pesticides without Clean Water Act (CWA) permits, confirming industry fears that prior court decisions requiring the permits in other settings could prompt activists to target agricultural spraying.

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FLORIDA SUITS SEEK TO EXPAND EPA REVIEWS OF STATE WATER STANDARDS

Environmentalists in Florida have filed two suits against EPA that could broaden the circumstances under which the agency must review changes to state water quality standards, including how states implement their regulations, attorneys tracking the issue say.

The Clean Water Act (CWA) requires EPA to review all "new" or "revised" state water quality standards and approve or reject them. Until now, EPA has applied these requirements narrowly, reviewing only changes to state standards rather than state implementation of the standards.

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IG STUDIES WHETHER WET WEATHER PLAN OFFSETS LESS NPDES ENFORCEMENT

EPA's inspector general (IG) is poised to provide key senators an evaluation of whether increased EPA enforcement against wet weather discharge violations is offsetting a decline in formal agency enforcement of permit violations under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), as the Bush administration claims.

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