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EPA Reversal On Perchlorate Water Standard May Set Precedent For PFAS

In an expected move, EPA has issued a final decision that federal regulation of perchlorate in drinking water is unnecessary because water systems have sufficiently lowered the chemical’s occurrence in the water supply, potentially setting a precedent for making a similar argument against regulation of two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Republican States Back DOJ’s Call For High Court Stay Of NWP 12 Vacatur

A group of Republican-led states is supporting the Justice Department’s (DOJ) request for the Supreme Court to stay a landmark ruling that vacated the federal permit for constructing new oil and gas pipelines, arguing the permit threatens the nation’s power supply because vital energy infrastructure projects will cost more and take more time to build.

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Environmentalists will appeal ruling upholding EPA ash rule reviews

Environmental groups will ask a federal appeals court to tighten both EPA’s overall process for reviewing state coal ash permit programs, and Oklahoma’s rules in particular.

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Pebble Mine critics reiterate potential environmental harms

With the Army Corps of Engineers poised to finalize an environmental study of the planned Pebble Mine in Alaska as early as this week, fishing experts say now the time for the public to voice their opposition.

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Appellate Rulings May Undercut EPA Legal Claims In Cost, Science Rules

Two new federal appeals court rulings could undermine EPA’s attempt to rely on general statutory authority for two high-profile deregulatory proposals that would codify new requirements for cost-benefit analysis of air rules and restrict the use of science studies where data is not publicly available, according to some legal experts.

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States, DOJ Spar Over Potential Nationwide Stay Of Trump WOTUS Policy

A group of Democratic-led states is urging a federal district court to apply nationwide a potential stay of the Trump administration’s waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), but the Justice Department (DOJ) and a group of Republican-led states argue any remedy should be narrowly tailored in scope.

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DOJ Seeks Supreme Court Stay Of CWA Pipeline General Permit Vacatur

The Justice Department (DOJ) is asking the Supreme Court to stay a landmark district court ruling that vacated the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for constructing new oil and gas pipelines, arguing in part that the lower court erred in issuing a nationwide injunction and noting several justices’ recent concerns about universal injunctions.

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House lawmakers introduce PFAS bill to prompt Army Corps action

The bipartisan bill would require the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure the identification and cleanup of perfluorinated chemicals at its facilities and help develop new detection and treatment technologies.

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Environmentalists Fault EPA Stormwater Permit For Climate, Other Issues

Environmental groups are raising a host of concerns with EPA’s proposed industrial stormwater general permit, including that the permit would weaken provisions intended to lessen flooding risk due to climate change and that the agency rejected the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

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States Urge EPA To Address PFAS In Industrial Stormwater General Permit

Several states are asking EPA to add requirements to its proposed industrial stormwater general permit to limit pollution from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) through pollution prevention actions and monitoring requirements, with Colorado warning it may deny certification of the permit without the changes.

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