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In Latest EPA Loss, 1st Circuit Finds Science Advisor Policy Unlawful

A federal appellate court has found that EPA’s controversial policy barring agency grant recipients from serving as EPA science advisors is unlawful because it skewed representation on the panels toward state and industry representatives, the second court defeat for the controversial policy in the past few weeks.

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In Latest EPA Loss, 1st Circuit Remands UCS’ Science Advisor Policy Suit

A federal appellate court has found that EPA’s controversial policy barring agency grant recipients from serving as EPA science advisors is unlawful because it skewed representation on the panels toward state and industry representatives, the second court defeat for the controversial policy in the past few weeks.

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Environmentalists Urge Court To Keep Slaughterhouse ELG Challenge Alive

Environmentalists are trying to convince a federal appeals court that it can consider whether EPA has unlawfully failed to update technology-based effluent limits for meat and poultry slaughterhouses, disputing agency assertions that no final action under the Clean Water Act (CWA) has occurred that the court can review.

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FERC approves Oregon LNG export terminal

Federal energy regulators’ approval of the Jordan Cove LNG terminal is conditioned on the developer securing the state permits it needs to proceed, and Oregon has objected to the project.

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Water Utilities Seek Financial Assistance In Coronavirus Stimulus Package

Municipally owned drinking water and wastewater utilities are urging senators to provide financial assistance for their sector in upcoming economic stimulus legislation to offset the effects of the novel coronavirus, citing concerns about expected revenue losses and new sick- and family medical-leave requirements.

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DOD Weighs New Policies To Manage Wider Swath Of PFAS Releases

The Defense Department (DOD) is weighing whether to develop policy that would manage cleanup and disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) across a range of media, including contaminated soil, stormwater runoff, biosolids and sludge, a potentially significant widening of its current focus on contaminated drinking water.

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DOD Eyes New Policies To Manage Wider Swath Of PFAS Releases

The Defense Department (DOD) is weighing whether to develop policy that would manage cleanup and disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) across a range of media, including contaminated soil, stormwater runoff, biosolids and sludge, a potentially significant widening of its current focus on contaminated drinking water.

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DOJ Leaves Door Open For Congress To Allow SEPs But Backers Doubtful

The Justice Department’s (DOJ) top environment official, Jeff Clark, is leaving the door open for Congress to specifically authorize the use of popular supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) in enforcement settlements, after he banned their use earlier this month, though supporters of the projects doubt lawmakers will act soon.

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Congress Faces Pressure To Prohibit Water Shutoffs In Coronavirus Bill

Several Democratic House lawmakers and environmentalists are calling on Congress to include provisions in developing coronavirus relief legislation that would ban water utilities from turning off water to homes during the health crisis, though one utility source says it is unclear how the government could implement a national ban.

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South Carolina law signals hurdles for coal ash site closures

A state lawmaker’s effort to block TVA’s plan to send ash from a closed power plant to his district could be a sign of difficulties for other power companies with similar plans.

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