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GOP senators urge preservation of Trump WOTUS rule

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and 25 other Republican senators are backing a resolution saying the Trump administration’s definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS) should not be withdrawn or vacated.

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10th Circuit Judges Probe Deadlines For Gold King Mine Spill Tort Claims

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit at recent oral argument in tort litigation over the Gold King mine spill probed whether the court should apply statute of limitations established by the state where the spill originated or by the state where the case is proceeding in federal district court.

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House bill would create EPA restoration effort for California-Mexico river

The bill would establish an EPA program to help clean up the New River with grants and technical assistance for planning and implementation of conservation strategies and cleanup projects.

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EPA Pulls Five More Trump Policies From OMB Pre-Publication Review

EPA has withdrawn from White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review five more air and water policies developed by the Trump administration following Biden White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain’s announcement of a regulatory freeze in order to reconsider pending Trump EPA actions.

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Trump EPA proposed UCMR5 focuses largely on PFAS

The Trump EPA’s proposal to require monitoring of 29 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and lithium in drinking water systems is undergoing review by the Biden administration.

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Fox’s EPA Role Allows Early Start On Reversing Trump-Era Water Policies

President Joe Biden’s decision to name Radhika Fox as the principal deputy assistant administrator for water at EPA, a position that does not require Senate confirmation, allows Fox to immediately begin work on reversing Trump-era policies as a prelude to Biden formally nominating her to lead the Office of Water, sources say.

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Citizen Coalition Urges Biden To Tap PFAS ‘Czar’ To Oversee Federal Actions

A coalition of local citizen and environmental groups is urging the Biden administration to embrace aggressive measures to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), stressing the need for a White House PFAS “czar” to oversee policy and ensure accountability from the Defense Department (DOD) in addressing the chemicals.

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Final EPA Water Affordability Guide In Limbo Under Biden Administration

In the final days of the Trump administration, EPA issued updated guidance on how to calculate the impact of low-income households on a wastewater utility’s ability to pay for required infrastructure projects, but the guide is yet to appear in the Federal Register, raising questions about whether the Biden administration will pull it for further review.

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Biden Urged To Restore Draft CERCLA Listing For PFAS After Plan ‘Gutted’

Trump critics are urging the Biden administration to restore EPA’s internal draft proposal seeking to list two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law after departing officials released an 11th-hour plan that the critics say “gutted” the original proposal and only asks whether the PFAS should be designated.

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EPA Region 6 approves Texas oil & gas CWA permitting

The action allows the state to issue Clean Water Act (CWA) permits for discharges from oil and gas activities, pipelines, and natural gas processing plants.

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