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Despite Ohio Pledge, Lake Erie Plaintiffs Press For EPA TMDL Schedule

Despite Ohio’s recent pledge to craft a total maximum daily load (TMDL) for Lake Erie, environmentalists and local officials are asking a federal judge to set a compliance schedule for EPA to develop a TMDL for the lake, one of several pending cases testing the judicial doctrine requiring the agency to craft the plans when a state has not acted.

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Bipartisan House bill would create EPA water technology research program

Similar to existing defense and energy programs, the program would help fund high-risk, high-reward technologies to improve drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.

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Despite Pressure, Air Force Chief Declines Pledge To Use New PFAS Powers

Despite lawmakers’ pressure, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett earlier this month said the military is examining the use of recently enacted powers allowing the Defense Department (DOD) to take steps to aid agricultural operations harmed by its per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) releases but she stopped short of pledging to use those powers.

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EPA Seeks To Reverse Landmark TMDL Ruling, Fearing ‘Wave’ Of Suits

EPA is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to reverse a three-judge panel’s landmark ruling that expands a controversial “constructive submission” forcing the agency to develop waterbody cleanup plans when states have failed to act, warning the decision will lead to a “massive wave” of citizen suits if left unchecked.

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CEQ rejects request to extend NEPA plan comment deadline

“CEQ has engaged in extensive public outreach on its proposal to update the NEPA regulations and the comment period will close on March 10,” the chairwoman of the White House agency writes to lawmakers.

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Former White House Counsel McGahn joins PFAS debate

After dealing with a series of controversies during the first part of Trump’s term, McGahn now appears to be entering the PFAS debate.

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Wastewater utilities likely able to treat coronavirus in water

Data from related viruses indicate municipal wastewater disinfection practices are expected to control the virus and that wastewater treatment plant employees do not face increased infection risk, experts say.

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Amidst Utility Concern, EPA Faces Calls For PFAS Biosolids Standard

As rural and other water utilities increasingly worry that farmers will be unable to land-apply biosolids because of concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination, they and their supporters are pressing EPA to craft a safety standard and take other steps under the Clean Water Act (CWA) that will ameliorate their concerns.

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Democrats blast EPA ‘stonewalling’ of GAO enforcement review

“The fact that EPA is stonewalling GAO’s audit of the Agency’s enforcement program is outrageous, and begs the question: what is EPA hiding?” leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee say.

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CEQ fights use of FOIA case to ‘derail’ NEPA rule

The White House Council on Environmental Quality argues that an environmental group is seeking to use a Freedom of Information Act suit to “derail” the council’s controversial National Environmental Policy Act plan.

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