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SAB Reiterates Criticism Of Inadequate Science For Rule Defining WOTUS

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is reiterating its criticism of a rule the agency crafted with the Army Corps of Engineers defining waters of the United States (WOTUS) by saying it fails to incorporate current science, although the board dropped language from a draft commentary expressing disappointment with the agency’s legal approach.

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EPA backs GAO call for compliance assistance documents to track goals

The agency in response to a Government Accountability Office report says it has either begun to or plans to implement recommendations on tracking compliance assistance and informal enforcement actions.

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Supreme Court To Review FOIA Ruling On Cooling Water Rule Documents

Over environmentalists’ opposition, the Supreme Court has agreed to review a lower court ruling that ordered federal agencies to release draft documents on the development of EPA’s cooling water intake rule, marking the second time in the last year that the court will review the reach of exemptions from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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NRDC Asks Judge To Vacate And Remand EPA’s Science Advisor Policy

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is urging a federal judge to vacate and remand a key portion of the Trump EPA’s 2017 policy barring scientists receiving agency research grants from serving on its advisory panels, arguing the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) requires such a remedy when policies are found to be unlawful.

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Justices decline to review Maryland stormwater permit

The case presented a rare opportunity for a federal court review of the scope of NPDES permits, the vast majority of which are reviewed by state courts since they are issued by delegated state authorities.

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Michigan regulatory board backs draft PFAS drinking water rules

The Feb. 27 vote makes Michigan among just a handful of states that have pursued enforceable drinking water regulations to limit per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Sweeping Federal Water Reuse Action Plan ‘Institutionalizes’ Effort At EPA

EPA and other federal agencies have unveiled a wide-ranging plan to encourage water reuse in a variety of sectors through partnerships with states, local governments and industry, marking the “beginning of institutionalizing water reuse at EPA” in the Office of Water (OW), according to agency water chief David Ross.

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FY21 Budget Hearing Tees Up Debate On Trump EPA Environment Record

A hearing on EPA’s fiscal year 2021 budget is providing a venue for House Democrats to slam proposed cuts as a fresh sign the Trump administration places a low priority on the environment, even as Republicans and Administrator Andrew Wheeler cite select EPA actions in Superfund, toxics and other areas in rebuttal.

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Wheeler Defends SAB’s New Regulatory Review Process From Criticisms

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is defending the agency’s new process for its Science Advisory Board (SAB) to review the science underlying ongoing rulemakings, saying it will “broaden” the board’s access to the agency in determining which items it will review and will speed reviews.

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EPA’s SDWA Proposal For PFAS Could Spur Action On Waste Regulations

EPA’s proposed decision to develop drinking water limits for two of the most-studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) may create momentum to list the chemicals as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law, even as that effort has lagged in the face of fears from many sectors over potential cleanup liabilities the listing would drive.

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