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Environmental, Public Interest Groups Seek Stricter EPA Lead Regulation

Environmental and public interest groups are using meetings with White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) and EPA officials to reiterate their push for the agency to tighten its pending revisions to the lead and copper drinking water rule, including seeking quicker replacement of lead pipes and a new analysis of the rule’s benefits.

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U.S. Chamber, businesses back power company’s CWA permit claims

Two industry groups are urging a federal appeals court to back an electric power company’s arguments that a landmark Supreme Court Clean Water Act permitting test does not apply to an Illinois site.

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EPA sends ‘Part B’ coal ash rule for White House review

The move puts EPA one step closer to enacting a final version of its proposal to loosen its recently enacted ban on coal ash disposal sites that lack protective “composite” liners.

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District court upholds ruling requiring EPA update of oil spill rules

Judge William Orrick has rejected EPA’s request to reconsider a landmark decision finding the agency has a nondiscretionary duty under the Clean Water Act to update its oil spill rules to better regulate dispersants.

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Judge Chides DOJ’s Clark For Downplaying Significance Of NEPA Rule

A federal district judge chided Justice Department (DOJ) environment chief Jeff Clark for downplaying the significance of the Trump administration’s overhaul of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), in a lawsuit where environmentalists are urging the judge to block the revisions from taking effect as scheduled for Sept. 14.

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Critics Fault Major Wheeler Speech For Sidestepping Climate Change

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is drawing criticism from environmentalists, a former top EPA official and others for mostly sidestepping the issue of climate change risks in his major speech on the agency’s 50th anniversary and his vision for its future, instead using climate to attack Democrats’ energy policies.

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Wyoming becomes second state to gain CCS well permitting power

A final EPA rule gives Wyoming primary enforcement responsibility for carbon capture and storage (CCS) injection wells, making it only the second state after North Dakota to obtain such authority.

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District court denies New Mexico’s bid to force Air Force PFAS cleanup

Citing procedural concerns, a federal district court says it is necessary to deny the state’s motion in a massive multi-district case over contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Judge Seeks Judicial Precedent To Guide ‘Special Case’ CWA Exclusion

A federal district court judge pressed attorneys for environmentalists and EPA at a Sept. 3 hearing to identify appellate or Supreme Court rulings that support their opposing positions on whether the agency properly excluded 1,365 acres of salt ponds adjacent to San Francisco Bay from Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction.

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NRDC challenges EPA decision to forgo perchlorate water standard

Continuing its long-running push for a perchlorate drinking water limit, the Natural Resources Defense Council is asking a federal appeals court to review EPA’s decision to forgo a final standard.

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