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House Panel Approves Boost To Clean Water SRF, Extended Permit Terms

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved by voice vote bipartisan legislation to almost double current spending levels for EPA’s clean water state revolving fund (SRF) by 2025 as well as allow states the flexibility to extend the terms of some Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permits from five to 10 years.

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CCUS Measure May Hang In Balance Amid Broader Defense Bill Dispute

Bipartisan legislation that has cleared the Senate to encourage a suite of carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) technologies might hang in the balance of contentious ongoing conference negotiations over a broader defense policy bill to which the CCUS policy is attached.

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House Group Sees Votes To Block ‘Skinny’ NDAA If It Lacks PFAS Policies

A group of 69 House lawmakers say they have the votes to scuttle efforts to pass a stripped-down defense bill if it lacks measures addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though supporters say they are open to potential compromises on the PFAS measures, including a controversial Superfund law amendment.

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Environmentalists raise APA claims in CWA repeal rule suit

A coalition of environmental groups say the Trump administration’s repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule is in “gross violation” of the Administrative Procedure Act.

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EPA Eyes Need For Improved Effluent Treatment Technology In New Plan

EPA in its latest draft plan for addressing pollution from point sources under the Clean Water Act (CWA) is outlining a new process for evaluating technologies that could reduce such pollution, with an initial emphasis on nutrients but with the potential to shape the agency’s response to perfluorinated compounds as well.

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New Hampshire Highlights DOD’s Ambiguous Stance On State PFAS MCLs

The Air Force says it will use its discretion to decide if it will adopt as cleanup levels first-time enforceable drinking water standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that took effect in New Hampshire Oct. 1, a case that could set a precedent for other states seeking cleanups at military sites as they move to enact their own standards in the absence of EPA rules.

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Critics Ask State Court To Block New Hampshire’s Landmark PFAS MCLs

New Hampshire’s landmark drinking water and groundwater standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which took effect Oct. 1, are facing a legal challenge by a major manufacturer of the chemical, as well as a local water and sewer district and a biosolids business, which are seeking to halt the rules’ implementation and enforcement.

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Judge denies EPA’s bid for quick ruling on Gold King tort claims

The decision rejects as premature EPA’s bid to block tort claims stemming from the 2015 wastewater spill, which it filed just eight days after the start of discovery.

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New Mexico ranchers challenge CWA ‘repeal’ rule

The new suit asks a federal court to declare that several provisions of the Clean Water Act, 1986 EPA regulations and related guidance “are statutorily and constitutionally invalid, and to enjoin their enforcement.”

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Supporters Step Up Efforts To Include Strict PFAS Measures In Defense Bill

As House and Senate leaders complete a bicameral conference on pending fiscal year 2020 defense legislation, supporters of strict policies governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are stepping up efforts to sway lawmakers to include measures that would speed and require strict EPA regulation of the chemicals.

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