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Democrats question EPA authority for new hardrock mine cleanup office

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) want EPA to halt implementation of the office until House and Senate Appropriations committees can approve the reorganization.

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EPA Opens New Office To Accelerate Western Hardrock Mining Cleanups

EPA has created a new Office of Mountains, Deserts and Plains (OMDP) aimed at speeding the cleanup of former hardrock mining sites through closer oversight, promoting “Good Samaritan” remediation, serving as a technology transfer hub, and overseeing the cleanup of abandoned uranium mines in the Navajo Nation.

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DOJ environment chief Clark to lead department’s civil division

Jeffrey Clark, who has been serving as the chief of the Justice Department’s Environment & Natural Resources Division, will soon take over the department’s civil litigation division.

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Dynegy Says High Court Groundwater Test Not Applicable To Ash Ponds

Electric power company Dynegy is urging a federal appeals court to affirm a lower court’s dismissal of environmentalists’ Clean Water Act (CWA) suit over groundwater contamination from coal ash ponds, saying the case does not meet a new Supreme Court test for applying CWA permitting and liability.

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Environmentalists drop Hawaii microplastics litigation

Three environmental groups have dismissed their litigation against EPA over Hawaii waters impaired by microplastics after the agency in July moved to add two waterbodies to the state’s list of impaired waters.

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Environmentalists join legal challenges to EPA CWA section 401 rule

Sierra Club, Columbia Riverkeeper and three Native American tribes are the latest groups to challenge EPA’s Clean Water Act section 401 rule limiting the scope of states’ review of water quality impacts.

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House Democrats urge EPA to block Pebble Mine

“There is no level of compensatory mitigation that would be sufficient to address the mine’s irreversible harm to the pristine environment that exists in Bristol Bay,” warns a group of 36 House Democrats.

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States, Utilities Fear EPA Nutrient Guide May Hinder Efforts To Craft Criteria

State clean water and drinking water regulators, as well as wastewater and drinking water utilities, are raising numerous concerns about a draft EPA technical document intended to help states develop numeric nutrient criteria for lakes and reservoirs, saying the guide could actually hamper states’ efforts to develop such criteria.

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Environmentalists Urge EPA To Develop Enforceable Nutrient Criteria

Environmentalists are pressing EPA to establish enforceable numeric nutrient water criteria, saying a proposed methodology to help states net numeric nutrient criteria for lakes and reservoirs continues a failed approach of merely encouraging states to voluntarily adopt such criteria.

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GAO begins review of EPA’s CWA enforcement against San Francisco

Democrats and state officials have charged that EPA used the Clean Water Act to retaliate against California for opposing Trump administration policies on climate and other issues.

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