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Legal Uncertainty, Risk Aversion Among Barriers To Water Quality Trading

A new report aimed at increasing the use of water quality trading is recommending a number of steps for EPA, states, the agriculture sector and permitted dischargers to take in order to overcome numerous barriers to the practice, including documenting areas of legal uncertainty and clarifying the agency's position on trading.

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High court schedules CWA groundwater suits for Feb. 15 conference

The justices could announce as soon as the afternoon of Feb. 15 whether they will take up the closely-watched suits, but even under their quickest timeline a decision would not be likely until early 2020.

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Ohio joins New York in seeking break from PFAS litigation

Both Ohio and New York say their litigation against the manufacturers of perfluorinated chemicals used in fire-fighting foam should be separated from consolidated multidistrict litigation.

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EPA Eyes End To NSR Compliance Priority, Adding Water And Lead Goals

EPA is proposing new compliance initiatives (NCIs) for fiscal years 2020-2023 that include eliminating the agency’s priority on enforcing the Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permit program, while adding new priorities on noncompliance with drinking water standards and reducing children’s exposures to lead.

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Industry coalition pulls out of appeal in CWA rule delay challenge

Several industry groups are dropping their role in the 4th Circuit appeal of a district court decision that reinstated the Obama-era jurisdiction rule for 22 states.

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4th Circuit remands, vacates pipeline permit

The federal appeals court has granted the Army Corps of Engineers' request to remand and vacate the use of Clean Water Act general permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

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EPA signs MOU to boost agriculture nutrient-reduction technology

EPA is agreeing to bolster its work with the Water Research Foundation on nutrient reductions at agriculture operations, including cooperating on identifying new technologies for wider use.

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Wheeler Faces Bipartisan Concerns On PFAS Ahead Of Confirmation Vote

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is facing bipartisan concerns from 20 senators ahead of an upcoming confirmation vote over the agency's expected decision to refrain from establishing enforceable drinking water standards for two of the most common perfluorinated compounds, putting pressure on the agency to reverse course.

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Western governors urge Trump to preserve CWA 401 powers

In a letter to President Donald Trump Western governors are opposing an executive order weakening states’ authority to review energy projects under CWA section 401.

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Western governors urge Trump to preserve CWA 401 permit powers

In a letter to President Donald Trump Western governors are opposing an executive order weakening states’ authority to review energy projects under CWA section 401.

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