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FIGHT OVER 'FLUSH TAX' MAY SET BAR FOR STATE ENVIRONMENTAL FUNDING EFFORTS

A dispute between Maryland and the Navy over the state's landmark effort to raise new wastewater infrastructure funds could set the bar for whether federal agencies are subject to similar state environmental fundraising efforts.

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NEW EPA RISK PLAN COULD LIMIT DREDGING AT CONTAMINATED SEDIMENT SITES

EPA is urging its project managers to conduct more detailed risk analyses of dredging and other methods for cleaning up contaminated sediments, which will likely limit the use of dredging as a cleanup method, agency and industry sources say.

An agency source says the new approach aims to focus on other remedies beyond dredging in cleaning up contaminated sediment sites and to place a greater emphasis on using a mix of remedies.

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ACTIVISTS SEEK LANDMARK COURT RULING IN KENTUCKY ANTI-DEGRADATION SUIT

Several Kentucky environmental groups are requesting a federal district court judge issue a summary judgment in a landmark case aimed at forcing EPA to promulgate regulations to prevent the degradation of waters in the state.

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UTILITIES JOIN INDUSTRY TO DEFEND EPA IN SUIT ON EFFLUENT GUIDELINE REVIEWS

A coalition of electric utilities is joining other industry dischargers to defend EPA in a suit by environmentalists over whether the agency needs to ramp up efforts to review and revise existing regulations under its effluent limitation guidelines (ELG) program. Industry dischargers have joined the suit to ensure a seat at the table in the event the agency is forced to negotiate a settlement that sets a new timetable for reviewing existing effluent limits.

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ACTIVISTS URGE COURT TO DENY EPA REQUEST TO REHEAR SUIT ON REMINING RULE

Environmental groups are urging a federal appeals court to deny EPA's request for an en banc rehearing of a case challenging the agency's effluent limitation guidelines for coal remining operations, arguing that "EPA has failed to demonstrate any point of law that the panel overlooked or misapprehended."

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EPA EYES STRICTER PESTICIDE RISK REVIEWS TO PROTECT WATER QUALITY

An EPA task force investigating the effectiveness of federal pesticide law in protecting waterbodies is drafting a report that could recommend the agency tighten its pesticide risk assessment process to better protect water quality, agency sources say.

"We're looking to see if the risk assessment needs to be improved," one EPA source says.

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WATER SYSTEMS EYE NOVEL COMPLIANCE PLANS AS ARSENIC DEADLINE NEARS

Small water systems may use novel compliance plans developed by two western states as models as they devise last-minute strategies for complying with the federal drinking water standard for arsenic set to take effect in January 2006.

The systems are evaluating plans developed by Texas and Utah, which are the first in the nation to rely on provisions in federal drinking water regulations allowing variances when it is cost-prohibitive to meet federal standards, a source representing small communities says.

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ACTIVISTS SEEK TO EXTEND PERMITTING LIMITS ON MOUNTAINTOP MINING

Environmental groups are seeking to extend to Kentucky a contentious federal court ban on mountaintop coal mining in a key part of West Virginia.

The groups are arguing that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is unlawfully using Clean Water Act general permits to allow massive mine waste disposal in streams when the permits are only intended for activities that have a limited environmental impact.

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STATES EYE TRANSFER OF CAFO WATER PERMITS TO AGRICULTURE AGENCIES

New plans by at least three states to transfer concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) water permitting authority from their environmental to agricultural departments are drawing concerns from some states and environmentalists, who say agriculture department staff may lack the water quality expertise to issue the permits.

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Court Ruling May Support Bush Administration Goals For Wetlands Protection

A federal appeals court this month has backed a long-standing wetlands protection program by the Department of Agriculture (USDA), a ruling that state officials say is crucial in the wake of the Supreme Court's contentious SWANCC decision and that could help the Bush administration achieve its goal of increasing the nation's protected wetlands.

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