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New York's Cuomo threatens suit if EPA certifies Hudson cleanup

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) says the state might sue to block EPA's certification that the Hudson River is complete “if there is any legal viability to the suit whatsoever.”

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221965

House Plans Water Infrastructure Push But Faces Senate, Budget Hurdles

As lawmakers gear up to advance highway infrastructure legislation, House Democrats are planning to push new water infrastructure legislation this year to provide additional funding for utility repairs and upgrades as well as to address affordability concerns, though they are facing procedural and funding challenges.

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221955

Trump Slated To Order EPA To Limit States' Review Power Under CWA 401

Brushing aside concerns from governors and others, President Donald Trump is slated to issue an executive order April 10 that will order EPA to “review and update” its policies governing state reviews of federal projects under section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), with a senior official indicating it will likely curtail states' current review powers.

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IG issues alert on inaccuracy of POTW TRI data

The IG’s “identification of these discrepancies led to the EPA’s discovery that total release calculations provided by the publicly available database do not properly include the POTW release amounts,” the alert says.

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221947

Despite Agency Pledges, Utilities Press EPA For Timeline On LCR Proposal

Municipal drinking water utilities are pressing EPA water chief David Ross on the agency's timeline for proposing revisions to the lead and copper rule (LCR), which agency officials have said is expected this summer, suggesting a cautiousness after the agency has repeatedly missed previous internal deadlines.

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Wheeler Faults States’ Criticism Of EPA’s PFAS Action Plan As ‘Inaccurate’

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is strongly rejecting state regulators’ criticism of the Trump administration’s action plan targeting per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), saying their recent letter criticizing the plan includes “inaccurate” statements, such as that the plan fails to address the contaminants broadly as a class.

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221936

5th Circuit Raises Standing Bar For Groups' Suit On EPA Drilling Permit

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit grilled environmentalists at recent oral argument on whether they have standing to sue EPA over a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for offshore oil and gas activities in the western Gulf of Mexico, raising concerns about how the groups could trace harms to specific discharges.

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Suspended Children's Health Office Chief Returns To EPA In New Role

EPA leaders have quietly brought the agency's former children's health chief back though in a new role, after abruptly removing her last fall, sparking a firestorm of criticism and messaging efforts to show the topic remains important at the Trump EPA.

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States Step Up Criticism Of EPA's PFAS Plan, Seek Binding Mandates

Groups representing state environment officials are publicly criticizing EPA's recently released multi-media action plan for addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), citing weaknesses across many program areas and calling for the agency to go farther such as by setting binding standards for contaminants across multiple media.

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Democrats See Yawning Gap Between Wheeler's Goals, FY20 Budget

Capitol Hill Democrats are pressuring EPA chief Andrew Wheeler to reconcile what they argue are yawning discrepancies in his generic support for greater environmental protections and the agency's fiscal year 2020 budget request -- which seeks significant cuts -- and other activities that threaten to undercut such protections.

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