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Maryland Threatens To Sue EPA Over Lack Of Chesapeake Bay Enforcement

Maryland officials are warning they will sue EPA if the agency fails to quickly commit to enforcing Chesapeake Bay cleanup goals, saying that while the agency has backed away from an earlier statement that the targets are merely “aspirational,” the state remains very concerned EPA is not fulfilling its mandatory duty to ensure the goals are met.

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House Democrats’ Bid For Senate Talks On PFAS Bill Runs Into GOP Wall

After failing to agree on key per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) provisions in the recent defense bill, a top House Democrat is urging his colleagues to approve a sweeping bill, slated for floor action this week, to address the chemicals as a way to begin Senate talks but the bill is facing a White House veto threat, intransigence from a key GOP senator and criticism from House Republicans.

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Environmentalists Say Revised Ash Rule Deadlines Violate Court Ruling

Signaling almost certain litigation, environmentalists say EPA’s proposed deadline extensions for closing coal ash disposal sites that lack protective liners violate a federal appeals court decision that directed the agency to take swift and aggressive actions to protect against risks to human health and the environment from potential water contamination at the sites.

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EPA official draws criticism over Chesapeake Bay TMDL comments

“Everybody’s jaw dropped” when the head of EPA’s Chesapeake Bay program said the cleanup goals are merely aspirational, one local official said.

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Judge Rejects EPA’s Bid To Alter Ruling On Montana Nutrient Variance

A federal judge in Montana has rejected EPA’s request to amend a closely watched ruling that faulted the agency’s approval of a state variance from water quality standards (WQS) for failing to ensure compliance with baseline standards by the end of the variance’s 17-year term, saying EPA’s interpretation is contrary to the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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Democratic candidates pledge PFAS action

Over the last few days, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg have promised to take steps to address the contamination.

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Judge Rejects Navy Request To Stay PFAS Medical Monitoring Case

A federal district court judge has rejected the Navy’s attempt to stall a landmark suit where Pennsylvania residents are seeking the military’s payment for medical monitoring to detect health issues that may develop after exposure to per- and polyfluoroakyl substances (PFAS) and has scheduled oral argument on a separate Navy motion to dismiss the case.

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New Hampshire Appeals Temporary Block On Landmark PFAS Standards

New Hampshire is asking the state’s highest court to strike down a lower court’s preliminary injunction of its landmark drinking water and groundwater standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), questioning, among other things, the lower court’s failure to cite regulatory harms to industry plaintiffs.

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Duke pledges to excavate waste coal ash despite EPA’s rule revisions

The power company cut a deal with environmentalists to remove all stored ash from its North Carolina disposal sites even as EPA is loosening requirements in the federal ash disposal rule.

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EPA’s LCR Allows ‘Point Of Use’ Treatments But Advisors Doubt Feasibility

EPA and other federal advisors are questioning the use of pitcher filters and other point-of-use (POU) treatment devices, even as the agency has included provisions in its proposed rule limiting lead in drinking water that would allow small utilities to use such technologies in lieu of changing water chemistry to prevent service line corrosion.

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