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EPA Permit For Offshore Drilling May Spark Legal Challenge

An EPA official says the agency's decision to include California water standards in a permit for oil drilling discharges into federal waters will likely spark a legal challenge.

The source says the agency's decision to issue a general permit governing oil rigs off the coast of California that includes the state's more stringent water quality standards, even though the rigs are located in federal waters, will almost certainly prompt litigation.

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Doubts Remain On EPA FY05 Spending Levels, Despite Senate Budget Boost

Uncertainty about the congressional schedule and major cuts pending in the House version of EPA's funding bill have observers doubting that the agency's fiscal year 2005 budget will include the more than $700 million boost above the administration's request that Senate appropriators approved this week.

"It looks like EPA did well [in the Senate VA-HUD bill]," an agency official says. "We would love to be able to sustain the Senate level. . . but history tells us it probably won't happen."

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Draft Blueprint Lays Out Revenue Options For Clean Water Trust Fund

Municipal wastewater treatment officials are circulating a draft blueprint for a clean water infrastructure trust fund that suggests financing the fund by taxing bottled drinks or reinstating an expired Superfund tax targeting large corporations, sources say.

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Environmentalists Cite EPA Legal Brief To Push Expanded Wetland Rules

Environmentalists are citing arguments in a recent EPA legal filing, which supports a broad definition of waters protected under the Clean Water Act, as evidence that the Bush administration should withdraw a controversial guidance that activists say narrowly interprets the scope of regulatory protections for wetlands.

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ACTIVISTS SEEK TO USE EPA BRIEF TO FORCE WITHDRAWAL OF WETLANDS GUIDE

Environmentalists are citing arguments in a recent EPA legal filing, which support a broad definition of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA), as evidence that the Bush administration should withdraw a controversial guidance that activists say narrowly interprets the scope of protected waters.

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COLORADO SETS FIRST-TIME WATER STANDARD FOR WIDESPREAD CHEMICAL

Colorado regulators last week backed first-time enforceable water quality standards for a widespread chemical contaminant that the Defense Department (DOD) and industry groups are identifying as an emerging concern.

The state backed the standard -- joining several EPA regions and 10 states that have set weaker environmental goals -- despite arguments from industry groups that officials hold off until after EPA completes a review of the risks posed by exposure to the chemical -- 1,4-Dioxane -- for its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) database.

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STUDY IDENTIFIES BROAD NEW RANGE OF POTENTIAL WATER CONTAMINANTS

Drinking water utility officials say a recent study showing the presence of drugs, cosmetics and flame retardants in treated drinking water may indicate a wide new range of contaminants that EPA needs to research and possibly regulate.

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EPA SEEKS TO HEAD OFF FY06 HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING SHORTFALL

EPA is looking to prevent possible homeland security funding shortfalls in its fiscal year 2006 budget, asking the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) for at least 25 percent more money than agency projections from earlier this year showed EPA was likely to receive, according to budget documents obtained by Water Policy Report.

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EPA PLANS STORMWATER ENFORCEMENT LIMITS IN PACT WITH BUILDERS

EPA will soon propose changes to its controversial general permit for stormwater discharges at construction sites that industry and state sources say may limit the ability of the agency and private parties to sue builders for violations that occurred prior to receiving a permit.

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EPA OFFSHORE PERMIT WILL TEST USE OF STATE STANDARDS IN U.S. WATERS

EPA's recent decision to incorporate California water standards into a permit for oil drilling discharges into federal waters will likely spark litigation on whether states can force their pollutant limits on facilities beyond state boundaries, an EPA source says.

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