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MORE LAWSUITS MAY FOLLOW OFFSHORE RIG NPDES PERMIT SETTLEMENT

Further legal action over a disputed general permit for offshore oil rigs may be forthcoming, despite a settlement reached between environmentalists and U.S. EPA requiring the federal agency to issue a revised permit for 22 oil platforms by mid-September. The settlement does not dictate the terms of the permit, and there is strong potential the issue could end up back in court if environmentalists find the permit's standards too weak.

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Lobbyists Scramble To Restore Water Construction Funds In EPA Budget

A broad coalition of environmental, municipal and water groups are scrambling to convince lawmakers to restore a $500 million cut proposed by the Bush administration to EPA' s clean water infrastructure funds before Senate appropriators vote on the legislation as early as next week, sources with the groups say.

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EPA Officials Say DOE Objections Blocked Water Controls For Gas Drilling

Following opposition from the Department of Energy (DOE), EPA appears to have abandoned plans to develop technology-based treatment guidelines for water discharged from coalbed methane (CBM) drilling operations on tribal lands in the West, agency and environmentalist sources say.

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States, Environmentalists File Suits Seeking Tougher EPA Stormwater Controls

Two Northeast states and environmentalists have filed separate petitions in federal appeals court challenging EPA's rejection of the need for new clean water standards to control stormwater runoff from the construction industry. The suits are the latest chapter in a long-running debate over how best to address polluted rainwater from construction sites.

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Jeffords Offers Dim Outlook For Restoring House's Clean Water Cuts

Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT) is doubtful the chamber can restore a House panel's proposed cut to clean-water infrastructure funding included in EPA's budget, as a key Senate subcommittee has launched discussions this week on the agency's fiscal year 2005 spending levels.

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DOJ Appeal Appears To Change Tack In Fight Over Coal Mining Permits

The Justice Department (DOJ) appears to have changed course in its fight against environmentalists who have succeeded in freezing clean water permitting for coal mining operations in a key part of West Virginia, environmentalists say.

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DOD ASSESSING CLEAN WATER ACT REGULATION OF OPERATIONAL RANGES

Prompted by litigation claiming munitions use is regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Defense Department is undertaking a thorough assessment of how CWA requirements may be affecting operational ranges across the country.

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EPA MULLS NARROW REVISIONS TO CLEAN WATER ACT TMDL REGULATIONS

EPA water officials are considering whether to draft a streamlined version of long-stalled, contentious Clean Water Act rules -- which have been under consideration since the Clinton administration -- under which states set aggregate pollution limits for waterbodies, according to state and EPA sources.

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS LAUNCH STRATEGY TO KILL ARMY CORPS FUNDING BILL

Environmentalists are launching a new strategy to kill a controversial Senate bill authorizing funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water resource projects, highlighting that 20 states will receive no money under the bill, one environmentalist familiar with the issue says.

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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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