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Judge Denies EPA Discretion To Avoid Expanding CWA Stormwater Permits

A new federal district court ruling says EPA is required to expand its use of Clean Water Act (CWA) stormwater permits when it finds that exempt facilities are contributing to water quality violations, rejecting the agency’s claim that it has discretion to avoid issuing new permits by relying on other CWA programs to remedy the pollution.

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Environmentalists sue EPA to force CWA spill rule

EPA is facing a court challenge over its finding that existing policies render a separate Clean Water Act rule to prevent “worst-case” chemical spills unnecessary.

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California Wastewater Utilities Appeal Suit Over CWA Permit Test Method

California wastewater groups will ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to block the state from using a contentious Clean Water Act (CWA) test method to measure compliance with facilities’ discharge permits, potentially teeing up a precedential decision on utilities’ claim that the method falls short of regulatory standards.

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D.C. Circuit refuses to revisit CWA ‘blending’ case ruling

Despite a wastewater group’s charge that EPA officials committed “fraud on the court,” judges refused to revisit their denial of a challenge to the agency’s limits on wastewater blending.

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States, industry back rehearing of ruling tightening CWA 401 deadlines

Some states and industry groups say the appellate decision limiting state reviews of federal water permits to a strict one-year timeframe will frustrate their consideration of complex projects.

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Top Senate Democrats press EPA, DOD on PFAS groundwater guidelines

Many of the 16 senators who signed the letter are ranking Democrats on key committees.

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Setting States' Path, New York Eyes First Dioxane Drinking Water Standard

New York's health department is preparing to propose the nation's first enforceable drinking water standard for 1,4-dioxane, a ubiquitous contaminant at waste sites and in drinking water systems, likely setting a path for other states to follow as one industry attorney says it may be the next “headline chemical.”

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Despite FY20 Infrastructure Cuts, Wheeler Calls Drinking Water Top Priority

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says he will make drinking water improvements a top priority for the agency, including infrastructure upgrades and measures to boost the quality of water supplies, even as he is seeking to cut funding for many EPA infrastructure programs and is downplaying climate change as a water supply threat.

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5th Circuit schedules argument in power plant ELG case

The appeals court will hear environmentalists' challenge to the Trump EPA's two-year delay of the effluent limits on May 1.

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To End CWA ‘Patchwork,’ Industry Seeks Quick Rulings On 2015 Standard

Industry groups are making a fresh push for district judges to decide their long-standing challenges to the legality of the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule in order to end the current “patchwork” of policies on the law’s reach, even as some newly inaugurated Democratic governors are pulling their states out of those suits.

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