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Environmental groups sue EPA over power plant ELG

“We have won court rulings to clean up toxic coal plants before, and we won't let the progress be undone,” said Thomas Cmar, deputy managing attorney for the Coal Program at Earthjustice.

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Justices Grapple With Crafting Appropriate FOIA Test In Cooling Water Suit

Supreme Court justices at Nov. 2 oral argument in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit over documents related to EPA’s cooling water rule grappled with a desire to craft an appropriate test for when certain federal agency documents can be publicly released, indicating an interest in broader FOIA principles than the facts of the case.

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EPA urges court to proceed with suit over state coal ash rule reviews

In a new filing, EPA said environmentalists’ challenge to its approvals of state coal ash disposal permit rules should go forward even after a lower court partly remanded one of those rules to the agency.

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BOSC Members Question Scope, Purpose Of EPA Waters Mapping Effort

Members of an EPA advisory panel raised pointed questions at an Oct. 29 meeting about ongoing agency research efforts to improve the characterization and mapping of streams and wetlands, suggesting some of the projects are too narrowly focused and wondering how frequently changing policy decisions will affect the science.

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Trump Critics Boost Criticism Of EPA Rollbacks As Election Draws Near

Capitol Hill Democrats and former EPA officials are ramping up their criticism of the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks in a bid to make them a liability for President Donald Trump just days ahead of the Nov. 3 election, while also seeking to lay the groundwork for undoing the policies if Trump is defeated.

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Industry Likely To Step Up Scrutiny Of States’ PFAS Limits In Next Year

Industry groups are expected to step up scrutiny in the next year of states’ growing efforts to develop enforceable drinking water limits for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including potentially more court action, an industry attorney says, especially given new scientific developments expected to be done on PFAS’ effects.

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BOSC Members Appear To Support EPA’s Microplastics Research Efforts

Members of an EPA advisory panel appeared generally supportive of the agency’s nascent research efforts on microplastics in sediment and water at an Oct. 28 meeting, with one member from California commending EPA for finding niche research efforts in a crowded field and tying them to existing agency programs.

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Settlement ends Kinder Morgan groundwater litigation

The creation of a $1.5 million cleanup fund has ended litigation between environmental groups and the pipeline company that was one of the first applications of a new Supreme Court Clean Water Act precedent.

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District Court Judge Grants EPA’s Request To Stay Perchlorate Litigation

A federal district court judge is granting EPA’s request to stay litigation over whether the agency can terminate a consent decree that required it to set a drinking water standard for the rocket fuel ingredient perchlorate until an appeals court rules on whether EPA had the authority to decide no national standard is necessary.

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Environmentalists press 9th Circuit to dismiss nutrients case as moot

“This case is a textbook example of a moot case, where this Court can no longer give effective relief because” EPA and Montana “voluntarily resolved the matter,” Upper Missouri Waterkeeper says.

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