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EPA, Missouri Defend Agency Approval Of Controversial Nutrient Criteria

EPA and Missouri are defending the Trump EPA’s approval of the state’s unusual and controversial nutrient water quality standards for lakes, urging a federal district court to reject environmentalists’ challenge to the approval and uphold the agency’s decision.

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New Jersey PFAS lawsuits add to growing NRD claims against companies

The litigation adds to the state’s growing lawsuits against businesses to require cleanups and recover natural resource damages, particularly over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance contamination.

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GOP-Led Senate May Complicate Biden’s Choice For EPA Administrator

The chances that Republicans will retain control of the Senate next year may complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for EPA administrator, especially given concerns from some that the most-discussed potential nominee, California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chairwoman Mary Nichols, could face difficulties winning confirmation.

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CAP’s Ambitious Stormwater Funding Recommendations Face Uncertainty

The progressive Center for American Progress (CAP) think tank is urging Congress to massively increase funding for EPA and other federal programs targeted at reducing pollution from stormwater runoff that have strong bipartisan support but which face uncertain prospects in a likely divided Congress with competing budget priorities.

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Democrats Crafting Plans To Enact PFAS Legislation Next Year, Dingell Says

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), the lead sponsor of legislation to require EPA to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), expects the House will prioritize passage of comprehensive PFAS legislation in the upcoming Congress, mirroring efforts from earlier this year, with high-ranking Democrats in both chambers already strategizing on plans.

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EPA reiterates opposition to IG’s CWA reporting recommendations

The agency is continuing to oppose recommendations from its Inspector General (IG) on how to respond to Clean Water Act requirements for certain reports to Congress.

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4th Circuit’s CWA Permit Stay Raises Questions About Pipeline’s Future

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has halted the use of a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) in West Virginia and Virginia pending a challenge to permit, raising questions about whether the pipeline can meet its goal of going into service in 2021.

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Senate Floats Flat EPA Funding For Rest Of FY21 In Bid For House Talks

Senate appropriators are floating draft fiscal year 2021 spending legislation that would give EPA essentially flat funding of $9.085 billion, setting up potential negotiations with House lawmakers ahead of next month’s expiration of spending authority for multiple federal agencies.

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EPA publication of unlined coal ash site rule starts clock for lawsuits

Facilities that lack otherwise mandatory protective liners have until Nov. 30 to make their initial applications for permission to keep operating, but environmentalists have vowed to sue.

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Wisconsin health agency recommends groundwater standards for 18 PFAS

The recommendation echoes Massachusetts’ recent move to finalize a single drinking water standard for a group of six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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