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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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Manchin joins Senate GOP in support for Trump WOTUS rule

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined the 50 Republican senators to approve a budget resolution amendment signaling support for the Trump administration’s definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS).

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Critics Fault CWA Enforcement Rule But Biden Unlikely To Finalize Policy

Environmental groups are detailing legal and other problems with a Trump EPA proposal to change requirements for the type of negligence standard states must use for criminal enforcement of delegated Clean Water Act (CWA) programs, although sources say the Biden administration is unlikely to finalize the proposal as written.

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House GOP announces leadership for T&I subcommittees

Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC) is the new ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s water resources and environment panel.

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Top House Democrats Urge WOTUS Repeal, DOJ Requests Lawsuit Delays

Two House Democratic panel chairs are urging President Joe Biden to “to immediately repeal” the Trump administration’s rule narrowly defining waters of the United States (WOTUS), while the administration is seeking months-long delays in a host of suits filed over the policy to give it time to review its position on the rule.

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