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Environmentalists sue over Trump-era NWP 12 update

In new litigation, environmental groups argue a Trump-era Clean Water Act dredge-and-fill permit for oil and gas pipelines fails to comply with a previous court order.

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Biden EPA Might Be Unable To Find ‘Middle Ground’ On WOTUS Policy

Despite recent pledges from EPA Administrator Michael Regan that the agency plans to seek stakeholder input in crafting a balanced definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS), former agency water officials say it will be nearly impossible to craft a “middle ground” policy due to the entrenched positions of key stakeholders.

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Groundwater Permitting Uncertainty Points To Need For EPA Rulemaking

EPA guidance is unlikely to provide clarity on the Supreme Court’s ruling last year creating a new test for when pollutants that travel through groundwater might require a Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permit, and therefore a formal rulemaking is necessary, state regulators and former agency officials say.

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Biden Administration Embraces Trump-Era Water Reuse Action Plan

The Biden administration is embracing a multi-agency and multi-stakeholder effort spearheaded by the Trump EPA to encourage water reuse for a variety of purposes, emphasizing the effort’s several applications, including stormwater management, and noting the role of government in ensuring water recycling is done safely.

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Biden Administration Embraces Trump-Created Water Reuse Action Plan

The Biden administration is embracing a multi-agency and multi-stakeholder effort spearheaded by the Trump EPA to encourage water reuse for a variety of purposes, emphasizing the effort’s several applications, including stormwater management, and noting the role of government in ensuring water recycling is done safely.

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Senate approves $35 billion water infrastructure bill

The 89-2 vote approves a $35 billion drinking water and wastewater infrastructure bill that both Democrats and Republicans have touted as a key component of comprehensive infrastructure plans.

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Biden Backs Senate Water Infrastructure Bill As ‘Good Start’ For Funding

President Joe Biden is backing bipartisan water infrastructure legislation likely to be considered on the Senate floor April 28, saying in a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) that the bill aligns with his administration’s goals and that it “is a good start to the much-needed funding” to improve water quality and provide jobs.

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EPA Limits Use Of TSCA ‘Low-Volume’ Exemption For PFAS Approvals

EPA says it will largely halt use of TSCA’s “low-volume exemption” (LVE) when approving use of new per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and plans to “work cooperatively” with industry to withdraw some past approvals, even as environmentalists are pushing to block use of any such exemptions when approving PFAS.

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EPA agrees to update drinking water utility ownership information

EPA is generally agreeing with the Government Accountability Office that it should update information in a Safe Drinking Water Act database to identify whether water utilities are owned by for-profit companies.

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Regan Forms Senior Staff Council To Bolster Efforts On Tackling PFAS

EPA Administrator Michael Regan has formed a council of senior agency staff to jumpstart strategies to tackle per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), seeking “pragmatic approaches” to protecting the public from the ubiquitous chemicals that will include reviewing ongoing PFAS actions as well as assisting states on PFAS challenges.

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