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Environmentalists back Pallone’s PFAS measure

The Environmental Working Group said the plan “represents a crucial first step in tackling the growing PFAS contamination crisis and finally offering some relief to communities polluted by toxic PFAS.”

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Drinking Water Utilities Urge EPA Rulemaking For Harmful Algal Blooms

Drinking water utilities are recommending EPA conduct a formal rulemaking to outline how the agency will make determinations that harmful algal blooms (HABs) and hypoxia events are of “national significance” for which the agency should provide state and local help and are asking EPA to clarify how it will assist communities affected by HABs.

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Environmentalists Raise Climate Concerns Over EPA Algal Bloom Response

Environmentalists are urging EPA to take an aggressive approach as it crafts a congressionally mandated policy for assessing risks and assisting states dealing with harmful algal blooms (HABs), arguing that HABs are chronic events that are likely to increase as a result of climate change.

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EPA Seeks 2019 Release Of Major Deregulatory Measures

EPA is hoping to release a host of major deregulatory measures and other policies this year, including high-profile proposals governing perfluorinated chemicals, power plant air toxics and waste releases, stormwater requirements and more, according to the agency’s latest regulatory agenda, though many of the measures have yet to begin White House review.

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Drinking water utilities seek longer LCR comment period

The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies is asking EPA for an additional 30 days to provide comments on the proposed changes to the lead and copper rule, citing the regulation’s complexity.

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Environmentalists ‘Rolled’ By House Panel On PFAS Superfund Measure

Environmentalists are raising concerns that a bipartisan compromise the House Energy and Commerce Committee struck on Superfund legislation addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) will weaken Democrats’ push for a more aggressive measure now pending in defense authorization legislation.

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Barrasso Touts Need For CWA 401 Changes But Lacks Timeline For Bill

Senate environment committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) is continuing to tout the need to reform the Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 certification process, holding a second hearing in as many years on the issue, but has yet to plan a markup of his bill to narrow the scope of impacts to water quality from federal permits states may consider.

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National PFAS clearinghouse launched

The announcement on the clearinghouse coincides with the release of “Dark Waters,” a film about the attorney who uncovered DuPont’s attempts to hide PFAS contamination and its decades of scientific findings.

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Critics Fear CEQ NEPA Overhaul Could Erase Decades Of Legal Precedent

The White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) forthcoming proposal to streamline how agencies conduct National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews of major federal actions could seek to erase decades of legal precedent concerning how such reviews should be conducted and open the door to rounds of new litigation, critics say.

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Ohio Judge Opens Door To New Ruling On Controversial TMDL Doctrine

A federal district court judge’s recent endorsement of a controversial judicial doctrine relating to when EPA must develop waterbody cleanup plans under the Clean Water Act (CWA) opens the door to a rare ruling affirmatively finding the doctrine applies to Ohio’s and EPA’s handling of nutrient pollution in western Lake Erie.

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