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Democratic-led States, cities challenge CWA jurisdiction rule repeal

Attorneys general in 14 states, New York City and Washington, D.C., are asking a federal district court to undo the Trump administration’s rollback of the Obama-era jurisdiction standard.

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EPA validates drinking water test method for 11 additional PFAS

EPA’s newly approved test method can identify a range of newer, short-chain perfluorinated chemicals, and brings the total number that can be detected with validated drinking-water methods to 29.

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After PFAS Delay, House Panel Eyes Broader SDWA Reform In 2020

House environment subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-NY) is telegraphing plans to pursue in 2020 broad “reform” of the Safe Drinking Water (SDWA), citing EPA’s failure to set standards under the law for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and other contaminants since the law was last reformed in 1996.

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EPA extending comment period for LCR proposal

The 30-day extension to submit comments on the Safe Drinking Water Act lead and copper rule follows numerous requests by state officials, municipal organizations and environmentalists.

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DeFazio blasts EPA over lack of CWA rule data

EPA is claiming a “deliberative process privilege” to withhold the information, but the committee chairman says this “argument does not apply to Congress in its oversight and legislative roles.”

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OIG to review EPA's rulemaking process

The audit could assess the Trump administration’s unusual process when it first crafted its controversial science transparency rule.

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Energy Sector Questions EPA’s Nutrients Analysis In Draft Effluent Plan

The electric power and petroleum sectors are criticizing a model EPA is using to identify industrial sectors for potential new technology-based limits on nutrient discharges, arguing the model makes many flawed assumptions and that the agency is failing to analyze industrial discharges in the broad context of total nutrient loadings to waterbodies.

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Environmentalists Sue EPA Over Failure To Update Meat & Poultry ELG

A coalition of environmental groups is suing EPA over its decision to continue studying wastewater discharges from slaughterhouses rather than update decades-old technology-based effluent limitation guidelines (ELGs), even though the agency has identified the sector as one of the highest dischargers of nutrients.

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Booker floats Senate bill to eliminate large CAFOs by 2040

Senator Cory Booker’s bill would suspend construction of major concentrated animal feeding operations, and ultimately force existing facilities to either shrink or shut down.

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Senate panel approves Chesapeake Bay funding

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted unanimously to reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Program at $90 million per year, following similar action from a House panel in September.

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