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STAKEHOLDERS CHALLENGE EPA INACTION ON CONSTRUCTION EFFLUENT GUIDE

States and environmentalists filed separate petitions in federal appellate courts in recent weeks asking the courts to review EPA's decision not to finalize proposed clean water effluent regulations governing stormwater runoff from the construction and development industry. The suits are the latest chapter in a long-running debate over how best to address construction site runoff.

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JEFFORDS SEES DIM OUTLOOK FOR RESTORING WATER FUNDING CUTS

Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT) is doubtful the Senate can restore a House panel's proposed cut to clean water infrastructure funding included in EPA's budget, as Senate appropriators begin discussions on the agency's fiscal year 2005 spending levels. "Well, we're going to try, but I would say [the prospects for restoring the funds are] not very good," Jeffords said Sept. 8. "I think there are so many other demands for money," he added.

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INCREASE IN FISH ADVISORIES UNLIKELY TO RESULT IN NEW WATER CONTROLS

Despite increases last year in state fish consumption advisories for mercury and other toxins, states are unlikely to add the majority of these waterbodies to their Clean Water Act (CWA) list of impaired waters that require new discharge limits, state and EPA sources say.

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EPA APPEARS TO DROP CLEAN WATER GUIDE FOR COALBED METHANE DRILLING

Following opposition from the Energy Department (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, EPA and environmentalist sources say.

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POTWS SEEK TO BACK EPA IN LAWSUIT TO FORCE EFFLUENT GUIDELINE REVIEWS

The wastewater treatment industry is seeking a seat at the table in the event U.S. EPA and environmentalists negotiate a settlement in a pending lawsuit that aims to force the agency to review its Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent guideline regulations.

The industry did not participate in negotiations leading to a 1992 settlement between EPA and the Natural Resources Defense Council that governed the effluent guideline program through 2004.

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WRCB RIGHTS FEE REVISIONS DRAW FAMILIAR ILLEGAL-TAX CHARGES

The water board this week was hit with a familiar barrage of criticism that its water rights fees are actually taxes illegally imposed by the Legislature. Two lawsuits over the fees filed by water rights holders have been consolidated and are in the discovery phase with a trial beginning possibly later this year.

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FUNDING HOLE POSES PROBLEM FOR BILL SEEKING IN-STREAM FLOW PROTECTION

Concerns are being raised over the funding source for a pending bill that requires the water board to develop guidelines for maintaining adequate in-stream flows in northern California rivers when allocating water rights. While the Fiscal Year (FY) 2004-05 budget allows for $1.5 million from the state's oil and tidelands fund to develop these guidelines, the finance department has determined there is insufficient money in that fund to make the shift, according to a water board staffer.

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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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