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EPA Faces Sharp Split Over Addressing Energy Sector’s ‘Produced’ Water

EPA is facing sharp differences among key groups about whether scientific data support the reuse of produced water outside of oil and gas drilling by easing regulatory restrictions and taking other steps, as the energy industry claims, or whether the agency should proceed with caution on any changes, as water utility groups and environmentalists insist.

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States Say EPA’s Assistance Vital For Goal Of Increasing Water Reuse

State water regulators are highlighting potential challenges facing the Trump administration’s push to encourage water recycling, urging EPA to focus on long-term coordination with state water programs in order to provide what they say are necessary tools and resources for states to continue their water reuse efforts.

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‘Thousands’ Could Evade Permits If EPA Groundwater Stance Prevails

Former EPA officials are urging the Supreme Court to reject the Trump administration’s newly crafted position that pollution in groundwater can never be subject to Clean Water Act (CWA) requirements, saying it contradicts existing agency policies and, if endorsed by the court, could leave pollution from “thousands” of dischargers unregulated.

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New Hampshire approves strictest PFAS standards

The state’s enforceable drinking water and groundwater quality standards for four perfluorinated chemicals are more stringent than first proposed and the strictest in the nation.

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EPA eyeing school, day-care sampling in draft lead & copper rule

The agency’s proposed revisions to the lead and copper drinking water rule expected within the next month will include the possibility of new mandatory testing at schools.

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Judge remands closely watched Montana nutrients variance

The remedy decision from a federal district court judge in the closely watched case combines elements of competing recommendations from environmentalists, EPA and Montana.

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Duke Energy agrees to new NRD settlement over 2014 coal ash spill

Five years after the Dan River ash spill, Duke is agreeing to pay for further environmental restoration in a settlement with the federal government, Virginia and North Carolina.

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Judge Blocks 2015 CWA Rule In Oregon, Reconfiguring National ‘Patchwork’

A federal judge in Oregon has granted an agriculture group’s request to stay implementation of the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule in the state, agreeing that the members of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association would be irreparably harmed by the rule and increasing to 27 the number of states where the rule has been blocked completely.

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House Republicans Remain Hostile To Democrats’ Scientific Integrity Bill

House Republicans are showing little interest in supporting a bill being crafted by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) that seeks to codify scientific integrity requirements at EPA and other agencies, accusing Democrats of “weaponizing” the debate over federal science and faulting the bill for its failure to sufficiently address “research misconduct” and other issues.

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New York, Connecticut signal push to address PFAS

The Empire State is poised to propose strictest-in-the nation standards for the two most common PFAS while the Constitution State is creating a workgroup to study PFAS issues.

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