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EPA updates MOU on school lead reductions

The memorandum of understanding with more than a dozen federal, state and local entities aims to help schools and childcare facilities develop programs to test for lead in drinking water.

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EPA, San Francisco spar over claims about California’s water pollution

EPA Region 9, which covers California, claims that there are several violations of Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits in San Francisco.

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States Urge High Court To Address ‘Adverse Effects’ Of CWA 401 Decision

A bipartisan coalition of states is urging the Supreme Court to take up a petition from environmentalists to review an appellate decision limiting states’ ability to review Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 water quality certification requests, arguing the ruling’s “incorrect interpretation . . . threatens to have far-reaching, adverse effects for States.”

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Wheeler promises October release of lead and copper rule

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is promising the agency will help communities identify funding for lead service line replacements when it proposes its long-awaited drinking water rule this month.

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EPA Ash Rule Draws Competing Attacks From Environmentalists, Industry

Environmentalists and industry groups are waging competing attacks on EPA’s plan to rework provisions in its coal ash rule governing disposal of the waste, complicating the agency’s path forward as it wrestles with industry’s claim that the proposal will hurt ash ruse and environmentalists’ claim the plan will harm the environment.

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EPA Rejects Petition To Block DOD Thermal Disposal Of PFAS Explosives

EPA Region 4 Administrator Mary Walker has rejected a citizen petition asking the agency to immediately bar the Army from using thermal methods to dispose of explosives and other materials containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at a Tennessee facility, deferring to the state as the lead regulator.

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San Francisco faults Wheeler’s letter warning of water quality problems

The general manager of San Francisco’s Public Utilities Commission is faulting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s letter that warned of major water quality problems in California.

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SAB Gives Largely Critical Responses To EPA Science Transparency Rule

EPA science advisors are giving largely critical responses to the agency’s narrow questions about how to implement protections of trade secret or personal medical information as part of its effort to advance the science transparency rule that aims to bar agency decision-makers from relying on any information that is not publicly available.

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EPA updates aquatic life benchmarks for pesticide monitoring

The revised benchmarks table include new and updated values based on new toxicity assessments for four newly registered pesticides and 36 pesticides undergoing registration review.

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Landmark Tort Suit Against PFAS Makers Clears First Major Court Hurdle

A federal district court in Ohio has rejected efforts by the manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to dismiss a landmark tort class action lawsuit that is pursuing industry-funded, independent nationwide health studies and testing to determine the health effects of numerous PFAS found in the blood of nearly all Americans.

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