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CALIFORNIA STUDY MAY PRESSURE EPA TO TIGHTEN KID'S PROTECTIONS

A California study that found the state's ozone air quality standards fail to adequately protect children and other sensitive groups could put pressure on EPA to strengthen its children protection requirements, according to public health advocates, state officials and environmentalists.

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TWO HIGH COURT RULINGS MAY LIMIT CITIZEN SUITS AGAINST EPA, AGENCIES

The Supreme Court's unanimous ruling in an environmental decision last month could broadly shield EPA and other executive branch agencies from citizen suits seeking to force agency action to protect the environment, while an earlier decision allowing Mexican trucks into the United States may also limit citizen suits under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), according to court watchers, legal experts and environmental attorneys.

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ACTIVISTS MAY PUSH FOR DIOXIN CONTROLS AFTER COURT PVC PLANT RULING

Environmentalists plan to argue for more stringent controls on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plants, including possible curbs on dioxin emissions, in the wake of a federal court ruling that will require EPA to revisit a controversial air toxics rule.

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Industry Blasts Massachusetts Study On Public Health Standards For Perchlorate

A group of defense contractors potentially liable for perchlorate contamination in several states is arguing that Massachusetts' recently released draft toxicological profile on the pollutant contains "serious errors" and "bears many of the same flaws" that EPA has been accused of by the "medical and scientific community" in proposing federal standards.

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States, Utilities Urge Appeals Court Not To Require Water Transfer Permits

An array of states and municipal groups are urging a federal appeals court not to require clean water permits for water transfers, claiming it would create significant problems for state and local government efforts to meet water supply and irrigation needs. In amicus briefs submitted to the U.S.

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EPA Water Study May Spur New Investment In Power Generation Following Blackout

A planned EPA study on backup power sources at sewage treatment facilities may lead large facilities to build expensive power generators, because many plants lost power due to their non-reliance on onsite generators during August's blackout, according to a water office source. Such investments could add millions of dollars in new costs to water facilities at a time when they are struggling to fund existing infrastructure needs.

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Small Water Systems Fear New Security Requirements From EPA

Small drinking water suppliers fear EPA will create new requirements for water systems that must conduct vulnerability assessments under the bioterrorism act, even though the law's accompanying conference report states that the statute does not provide that authority. The concerns arose after the agency told small systems that EPA had developed a set of six assessment review criteria, after the agency rejected assessments some small systems had completed and submitted to EPA for review.

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EPA Retreats On Expansive Trading Scheme For Water Toxins

EPA officials are backing off a far-reaching water trading idea that would have scrapped specific discharge limits for individual dischargers and instead allowed broader flexibility to determine how to bring polluted water bodies into compliance with environmental standards. But EPA -- which is considering a pollution trading scheme as part of its rule overhauling the agency's impaired waters program -- may, however, move ahead with a provision that would reduce the agency's oversight on individual trades.

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States Urge Congress To Allow Funding To Combat Stormwater Runoff Pollution

New England state water officials are calling on their congressional delegations to ensure that existing federal funds designated for runoff pollution programs can be used to address federally mandated stormwater requirements. This push comes even as EPA's Office of General Counsel (OGC) is considering whether the runoff and other nonpoint source program funding can be used to help finance regulatory stormwater efforts.

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EPA Region Proposes Unique Lead, Copper Treatment For Drinking Water

EPA Region V is proposing a unique treatment for lead and copper pollution in small drinking water systems without employing chemicals whose use is mandated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), in an effort to reduce costs and the need for technical expertise.

Regional officials say the effort will keep drinking water safe and dangerous chemicals from being misused by small systems that may not have the technical expertise to properly use them. Some sources say the proposal could be duplicated elsewhere with similar benefits.

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