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EPA SEEKS FDA SUPPORT IN FIGHT WITH DOD ON PERCHLORATE LEVELS

EPA water officials are seeking support from Food & Drug Administration (FDA) scientists to help the agency translate the National Academy of Science's (NAS) recent risk estimate for perchlorate into a strict regulatory standard, government sources say.

The agency is asking FDA to defend preliminary data on perchlorate levels in foods, such as milk and lettuce, which could help the agency set a strict drinking water standard -- and cleanup level -- for the ubiquitous contaminant.

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SETTLEMENT COULD END KEY LAWSUIT OVER INVASIVE SPECIES TMDLS

Environmentalists and EPA have reached a deal that will delay, and possibly call off, landmark litigation over whether aquatic invasive species constitute pollutants under the Clean Water Act (CWA) -- and whether EPA and states must set total maximum daily loads for waters impaired by them.

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FIGHT OVER MARYLAND 'FLUSH TAX' MAY SET BAR FOR FEDERAL AGENCIES

A dispute between Maryland and the Navy over the state's landmark effort to raise new wastewater infrastructure funds could set the bar for whether federal agencies are subject to similar state environmental fundraising efforts.

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IDAHO MOVES TO IMPLEMENT EPA MERCURY CRITERION ABSENT AGENCY POLICY

The Idaho legislature appears likely to codify a contentious state plan to implement EPA's landmark fish-tissue criterion for mercury even though the agency is still struggling to develop its own guidance for how to implement the criterion. In addition, it is unclear whether recent changes to the state's program will satisfy EPA Region X concerns with a draft version of the plan.

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UTILITIES SEEK QUICK PERCHLORATE RULE AS ALTERNATIVE TO DEMOCRATS' BILLS

The American Water Works Association (AWWA), a group representing drinking water suppliers, is opposing Democratic bills mandating a date for EPA to regulate perchlorate and is instead urging the agency to quickly develop an enforceable drinking water standard for the ubiquitous contaminant.

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EPA SEEKS FDA SUPPORT IN FIGHT WITH DOD ON PERCHLORATE LEVELS

EPA water officials are seeking support from Food & Drug Administration (FDA) scientists to help the agency translate the National Academy of Science's (NAS) recent risk estimate for perchlorate into a strict regulatory standard, government sources say.

The agency is asking FDA to defend preliminary data on perchlorate levels in foods, such as milk and lettuce, which could help the agency set a strict drinking water standard -- and cleanup level -- for the ubiquitous contaminant.

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WASTEWATER OFFICIALS CRITICIZE EPA DRAFT EFFLUENT TOXICITY TESTING GUIDE

SAN ANTONIO -- EPA's draft guidance on setting toxicity limits in industrial discharge permits fails to clarify a host of wastewater industry concerns and does not provide sufficient flexibility for treatment systems seeking to meet mandatory toxics standards, industry sources say.

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STATES CHALLENGE HOMEBUILDERS' SUIT ON CORPS' WETLANDS GENERAL PERMIT

New York and New Mexico are urging a federal appeals court to reject an industry push for judicial review of changes to Army Corps of Engineers general wetlands permits, arguing that plaintiffs have not suffered an injury subject to court review because the permit changes are not final agency actions.

The states say that contrary to industry's claims, the Corps' new permit conditions assist states in protecting wetlands while conserving limited administrative resources.

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ACTIVISTS FEAR SCARCE FUNDS COULD LIMIT ROLE IN EPA DETECTION METHOD TALKS

Environmentalists say they lack the resources to adequately participate in pending EPA-convened stakeholder talks to consider new methods for setting the lowest detectable pollution levels in water.

The talks are significant because the agency sets pollution measurement levels based on monitoring technologies' ability to detect contaminants' concentration levels and volumes. Because the measurement limits may be weaker than a water quality standard, it can act as a more achievable "default" standard for dischargers.

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FIGHT OVER 'FLUSH TAX' MAY SET BAR FOR STATE ENVIRONMENTAL FUNDING EFFORTS

A dispute between Maryland and the Navy over the state's landmark effort to raise new wastewater infrastructure funds could set the bar for whether federal agencies are subject to similar state environmental fundraising efforts.

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