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EPA DEVELOPS DETECTION METHOD FOR EMERGING WATER POLLUTANT

EPA has developed a proposed method for measuring a widespread chemical contaminant that Defense Department and other government officials and scientists have identified as an emerging concern.

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USGS WATER MONITORING PROGRAM FACING CONTINUED BUDGET SHORTFALLS

Despite the Bush administration's emphasis on water monitoring, the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) water quality monitoring program is not likely to receive any new programmatic funds in fiscal year 2006, USGS sources say, even though the program took an effective 5 percent cut in FY05.

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GIVEN DOUBTS OVER BILL, STAKEHOLDERS EYE WAYS TO BOOST WATER FUNDING

Water groups, environmentalists and other stakeholders are brainstorming new ways to generate money for water infrastructure upgrades in the coming year, given fiscal year 2005 cuts to EPA's state revolving loan funds and uncertainty surrounding a wastewater industry legislative proposal to raise new money, observers say.

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EPA WATER CHIEF SAYS REPORT UNDERSCORES BUSH'S WETLANDS GOAL

EPA's water chief says a new report from the agency on national coastal conditions underscores the necessity of reaching the Bush administration's goal of gaining wetlands.

The report, National Coastal Condition Report II, finds the overall condition of coastal habitat -- which is based on historical and present wetlands losses -- is poor. The overall condition of other ecological indicators ranges from poor to fair, about the same as the first report published in 2001. Relevant documents are available on InsideEPA.com.

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EPA MOVES FORWARD WITH DBP RULE DESPITE PRIOR WATER UTILITY CONCERNS

EPA will move forward with its disinfection byproducts (DBPs) drinking water rule that could effectively force water systems to change their disinfectant from chlorine to chloramines after an agency review of new studies revealed that the rule represents the most prudent approach for minimizing human health risk from the toxins, agency and drinking water officials say.

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EPA DEVELOPS DETECTION METHOD FOR EMERGING DRINKING WATER POLLUTANT

EPA has developed a proposed method for measuring a widespread drinking water contaminant that government officials and scientists have identified as an emerging concern.

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SENATE PRESENTS BIGGEST HURDLE TO WATER COMMISSION BILL, SOURCES SAY

Legislation that would establish a commission to study and develop recommendations for a comprehensive water strategy to address future water needs stands a good chance of passing the House, but may stall in the Senate, according to sources tracking the issue.

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EPA STORMWATER RULE CHANGES UNLIKELY TO RESOLVE INDUSTRY LAWSUITS

Pending EPA changes to stormwater regulations governing construction of small oil and gas drilling sites are unlikely to alleviate industry concerns over the rules currently being litigated in two appellate courts, industry sources say.

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FIRST EVER STATEWIDE MERCURY TMDL MAY EASE ADMINISTRATIVE BURDENS

Minnesota officials are proposing a first-time state-wide water pollution limit, known as a total maximum daily load (TMDL), for mercury that could ease regulators' administrative burdens associated with developing and implementing limits that were previously required on a waterbody by waterbody basis.

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RULING COULD PROMPT SUIT TO FORCE EPA WATER PERMITS FOR PESTICIDE USE

A recent federal district court ruling could prompt a new round of litigation seeking to force EPA to issue clean water permits for pesticide use, because a pending agency guidance will likely say such permits are not required, attorneys following the issue say.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Jan. 4 ruled a mosquito abatement district in Gem County, ID, could not challenge EPA's interim guidance that says pesticide applications do not require clean water permits. But sources say the ruling is likely to spark similar litigation in the future.

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