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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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APPEALS BOARD URGES EXPANDED EPA ACCESS TO DATA FOR SETTING FINES

A recent decision by EPA's Environmental Appeals Board on wetlands penalties may expand the agency's ability to gather information about a defendant's finances when the party claims an inability to pay a fine, according to an attorney familiar with the case.

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EPA THREATENS CUTS UNLESS REGIONS USE NEW WATER CLEANUP METHODS

EPA is warning its regional offices that they may face funding cuts if they do not adopt new strategies to conserve resources at costly groundwater cleanups, according to a new agency document.

In an Aug. 25 action plan, developed in response to state officials' concerns that they lack the funding to manage the expensive cleanups, EPA lays out the steps it will take to improve its groundwater remedies at Superfund sites, known as "optimization."

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APPELLATE RULING MAY LIMIT GROUPS' ACCESS TO COURTS, LEGAL EXPERTS SAY

A recent appellate ruling dismissing an environmental group's attempt to stop a Forest Service timber sale on the grounds that a different environmental group had already sought to litigate the issue sets a disturbing precedent that could block industry and environmental groups' access to courts, legal experts and some environmentalists warn.

These sources say the ruling may set a precedent by expanding a legal doctrine -- known as privity -- that is used to determine when parties in litigation share similar interests that may bar them from pursuing separate litigation.

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L.A. REGIONAL BOARD ELEVATES FORMER TMDL CHIEF TO TOP STAFF POST

The Los Angeles regional water board's decision to name John Bishop, the former chief of its total maximum daily load (TMDL) division, as its new executive officer (EO) is being praised by environmentalists and regulated dischargers, who said Bishop is fair and knowledgeable.

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS URGE GOVERNOR TO SIGN OCEAN PROTECTION ACT

Environmentalists are urging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign a bill to establish an ocean protection council to coordinate the state's ocean stewardship programs, saying the bill will make the state a model in terms of responding to recommendations contained in two recent national reports on ocean protection. Backers of the bill are "guardedly optimistic" the governor will sign the measure, though the Department of Finance opposes the bill because it creates a new government organization as the administration is working to consolidate state agencies and departments.

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WRCB HEARS STAY REQUEST FOR DISPUTED L.A. BOARD BOEING PERMIT

Marking an early step in a closely watched process, an environmental group last week tried to convince the water board that provisions in a permit issued for a former rocket testing facility in southern California are too loose and should be suspended in favor of more stringent conditions contained in a previous permit. The odds are against this "stay request" being granted, but the case has attracted attention from stakeholders who say it could go a long way toward defining how regional boards use "best professional judgment" to set effluent limits in discharge permits.

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Senate Budget Plan Could Restore $500 Million Clean Water Cut

Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), chairman of the VA-HUD appropriations subcommittee, is working on a proposal to increase funding for veterans groups that the senator and other observers say could allow the panel to restore at least some of the $500 million a House committee slashed from EPA's spending bill.

Bond's efforts come after intense lobbying by a bipartisan group of senators and a broad coalition of environmentalists, states and water utility officials reiterated the importance of restoring the funds.

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Internal EPA Counterterror Strategy Seeks To Fill Funding Gap

EPA is looking to prevent possible homeland security funding shortfalls in its fiscal year 2006 budget by asking the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for spending levels that represent a 25 percent increase over earlier agency proposals, according to internal budget documents obtained by Inside EPA. In a budget request that was slated for submission to OMB on Sept.

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Increase In Fish Advisories Unlikely To Result In New State 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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