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EPA Eyes Dec. 11 For Proposal Narrowing Obama CWA Jurisdiction Policy

EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are planning to unveil their proposed rule to narrow the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction standard at a Dec. 11 EPA headquarters event, says an informed source, marking a long-awaited step that will set the terms for the next round of litigation over the proper scope of the water law.

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EPA, USDA encourage local, market-based nutrient controls

The agencies are pledging to reduce regulatory or other barriers that are preventing states from developing market-based solutions to reducing nutrients just as a report showed few states have adopted plans.

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Trump signs bill preserving EPA control of ballast water

The enactment of the Coast Guard authorization bill has drawn praise from industry but mixed reactions from states and environmentalists over its preemption of state authority to set discharge limits.

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Judge Grants EPA Bid To Reconsider Controversial Maine Water Standards

A federal judge has granted the Trump EPA's request to reconsider the Obama administration's controversial decision rejecting Maine water quality standards (WQS), clearing the way for the agency to roll back a decision that dischargers feared could result in unlawfully stringent permit limits if the agency used a similar rationale in other states.

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Judge Rejects EPA Bid To Limit Scope Of Ruling Undoing CWA Rule Delay

A federal district judge who scrapped EPA's two-year delay of the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule has rejected requests from the agency and industry groups to either reverse the ruling or limit its scope to only South Carolina, teeing up a likely appeals court fight as the Trump administration looks to broadly reinstate the delay.

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Judge stays deadline for climate-related TMDL

The stay will clear the way for EPA to appeal to the 9th Circuit the thorny question of whether EPA must craft cleanup plans in cases where states have not.

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Few states have developed Gulf hypoxia plans, report finds

Despite advice from an EPA-led task force, only a handful of states in the Mississippi River watershed are comprehensively working to reduce nutrient loadings.

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TVA Urges 6th Circuit To Let Stand Rejection Of CWA Groundwater Case

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is calling on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit to deny environmentalists' bid for rehearing of a divided panel’s holding that TVA cannot face Clean Water Act (CWA) liability for groundwater leaks from its coal ash storage, arguing the decision did not break with precedent or create a circuit split.

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Supreme Court Seeks White House's Views On CWA Groundwater Lawsuits

The Supreme Court is giving the Trump administration just one month to weigh in on whether the Clean Water Act (CWA) limits pollution that travels through groundwater to protected surface waters, potentially posing a difficult test for EPA as the agency is in the early stages of crafting a rule or guidance to address the same question.

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Northeast State Officials Eye Organized Approach On Assessing PFAS Risks

Prompted by a federal agency's strict draft risk values released earlier this year, toxicologists in New York and other Northeast states have held a dialogue on the risks posed by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), an early informal, coordinated effort to prepare for a possible review should state regulators decide to craft drinking water standards.

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