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EPA promises new permit by August in ‘sue-and-settle’ case

EPA and environmentalists have agreed to an Aug. 31 deadline for replacing a Clean Water Act permit that has been tied to former Administrator Scott Pruitt’s directive against ‘sue-and-settle’ litigation.

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EPA Appeals Decision Limiting Discretion On Use Of Stormwater Permits

EPA is appealing a federal district judge’s ruling that limits its discretion on Clean Water Act (CWA) stormwater permits and could force an expansion of stormwater discharge permits, teeing up a first-time appellate case on the issue even after the agency declined to appeal a similar adverse ruling from another district court last year.

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States Resist CZMA Rollbacks, Previewing Responses To EPA's CWA Plan

In a preview of concerns regarding EPA-planned changes to states' authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA), some states are urging the Trump administration to abandon plans to change rules governing states' reviews of offshore energy projects under the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), arguing there are no documented problems with the current rules.

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Democrats tout infrastructure bills as Trump abruptly drops issue

Key House Democrats say they remain committed to working in a bipartisan manner to advance comprehensive infrastructure legislation.

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Revised EPA Agenda Sees Deadlines Slip For Major Obama Rule Rollbacks

EPA in its just-updated Unified Agenda of pending regulations is acknowledging that its deadlines have slipped considerably for many high-profile rollbacks of Obama-era rules, including climate standards for power plants and vehicles, as well as the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction standard.

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Senators Tout Bipartisanship On PFAS But Barrasso Seeks To Narrow Bills

Environment committee senators are pledging to take a bipartisan approach that includes environmentalists and industry as they seek to address polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) is indicating that while the bills under review enjoy bipartisan support, they will have to be narrowed to win his approval.

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EPA Backs Industry Calls For High Court To Reject CWA-Groundwater Link

EPA is backing calls from major industry groups, GOP-led states and others for the Supreme Court to reject environmentalists’ claim that the Clean Water Act (CWA) limits surface water contamination from groundwater-borne pollution, arguing that any such liability would violate Congress’ intent when developing the water law.

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NAS Backs Subclass Review For Flame Retardants, Highlighting PFAS Method

A recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report proposing a clustering approach of grouping flame retardant chemicals into subclasses for risk assessment is highlighting the emerging consensus that EPA and others are considering for addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), another large group of ubiquitous chemicals that are also subject to high-profile public scrutiny.

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House Ramps Up Scrutiny Of Controversial EPA Science Data, PM Measures

House appropriators are ramping up their scrutiny of some of the Trump EPA's controversial science decisions, all but barring the agency from advancing its data transparency rule until after consulting with its own science advisors and then requiring the agency to seek National Academy of Sciences (NAS) review of any final data rule.

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State Regulators Float Plan To Bolster Oversight Of Water Contaminants

State regulators are outlining ways for state and federal agencies to better manage contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) in all aspects of the water cycle, spurred in part by concerns over the time it takes to develop drinking water standards and the lack of coordination among state and federal entities, as evidenced in a patchwork of standards for perfluorinated compounds.

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