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EPA urges water utilities to boost mitigation after Florida cyberattack

The cybersecurity recommendations come after unidentified actors obtained remote access to a drinking water treatment plant’s control system and changed the amount of a chemical used in the treatment process.

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Court stays perchlorate suit as Biden EPA reviews Trump decision

A federal appeals court, at the request of EPA, has stayed litigation brought by environmentalists challenging the Trump EPA’s decision to forgo setting a drinking water standard for perchlorate.

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CWA Changes Could Bolster EPA Runoff Control But Legislation Unlikely

Amending the Clean Water Act (CWA) to give EPA more control over nonpoint source pollution could help close gaps in pollution control that would help to better protect drinking water supplies, but getting such legislation through Congress is almost impossible, according to two law professors with long-time ties to EPA.

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Democratic senators urge Biden to fund Chesapeake cleanup

Seven senators from Chesapeake Bay watershed states are urging the president to provide robust funding for bay restoration programs in his fiscal year 2022 budget proposal.

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Utilities, Environmentalists Seek Negotiated Rulemaking For SDWA Policy

Drinking water utilities and two environmental groups are jointly asking EPA to conduct a negotiated rulemaking to develop updates to the agency’s Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) rules for microbial pathogens and disinfection byproducts, noting the agency used this approach for the existing rules.

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Despite EPA Guidance, Groundwater Permitting Decisions Remain Murky

The Trump EPA’s guidance on implementing the Supreme Court’s test for determining when pollutants that travel through groundwater to surface waters require a Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permit is unlikely to be of much assistance to industry, due to ongoing legal uncertainty and a likely change in approach from the Biden administration.

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Environmentalists drop litigation over Trump SEP policy

The Conservation Law Foundation and The Surfrider Foundation are ending the suit over the Trump administration’s bar on the use of supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) following the policy’s reversal.

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Finance center finds ongoing adverse COVID-19 impacts for utilities

New research from the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina is showing both the need for continued short-term financial assistance and long-term resiliency planning.

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EPA seeks stay of suit over lack of perchlorate water standard

The Biden EPA says it needs time to review the Trump administration’s decision to forgo setting a drinking water standard for the rocket fuel ingredient, and could take action to obviate judicial review.

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Water Alliance’s COVID-19 Policy Goals Might Get Support From EPA’s Fox

The US Water Alliance is outlining more than 20 federal policy actions to help the water sector and the U.S. economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, some that have been endorsed by key senators and others tied to principles that acting EPA water chief Radhika Fox endorsed when she led the alliance and might support at the agency.

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