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Counties see environmental gains from international outreach

County governments are stepping up their work with foreign partners including governments, industry and research entities to directly adapt new environmental policies even without EPA’s involvement.

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Environmentalists Urge States To Avoid ‘Patchwork’ Ohio River Rules

Environmentalists say an imminent vote by the interstate body that oversees water permitting for the Ohio River Valley is a decision between keeping or “disbanding” protections for the region, arguing that if states agree to less-stringent water rules it would demonstrate a “race to the bottom” under the Trump EPA.

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Carper steps up call for PFAS legislation following FDA findings

“It is abundantly clear that Congress must take heed of what we do know and act now to begin addressing PFAS contamination,” the top Democrat on the Senate environment committee says.

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EPA Advisors Seek Regional Flexibility Under Pending CWA Jurisdiction Rule

EPA’s local government advisors are calling for a “shared governance” approach under the agency’s pending Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule, seeking an overarching policy with regional flexibility for some states and other entities to make jurisdiction findings, rather than requiring states to approve laws to fill any policy gaps the rule might create.

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Facing Opposition, EPA Moves Quickly On CWA Section 401 Guide

EPA has sent for White House review its contentious guidance expected to narrow states’ authority to reject or modify federal Clean Water Act (CWA) permits under the law’s section 401, teeing up release of the new guide by the president’s June 8 deadline and a likely legal challenge from states that oppose any new curbs on their authority.

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EPA Rule Exempts Farms From EPCRA Reporting, Teeing Up New Suit

EPA June 4 issued its final rule exempting animal feeding operations (AFOs) from air emissions reporting requirements under emergency response and community right-to-know law, a policy that will tee up fresh litigation from

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EPA Seeks Unusual Advice From SAB On Planned Risk Guide Update

EPA is seeking unusual advice from individual members of its Science Advisory Board (SAB), most of whom were appointed by the Trump administration, on how to revise the agency’s cancer and non-cancer risk assessment guidelines, asking a mixture of policy and scientific questions that appear to play to newer members’ de-regulatory interests.

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EPA Sets Aggressive Deadlines For Reviewing State Water Regulations

EPA water chief David Ross is setting strict timelines for the agency’s regions to review states’ revised water quality standards, lists of impaired waterbodies and other Clean Water Act (CWA) regulations -- a move likely to scale back federal oversight of state programs as it sets a high bar for the agency to reject such rules by the deadlines.

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New Sackett appeal tests CWA’s reach into wetlands

The Idaho couple that won a landmark Supreme Court ruling that let them challenge an EPA compliance order is now hoping to overturn that order on its merits.

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Seeking To End EPA Dispute, Maine Plans Novel Water Use Designation

Maine lawmakers are advancing a bill that creates a new sustenance fishing designated use and directs regulators to develop strict new water quality standards (WQS) to protect those uses, an effort aimed at ending a long-running dispute with EPA over how to protect water quality to ensure Native Americans are able to safely consume traditionally large amounts of fish.

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