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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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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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