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House Democrats attack EPA’s revisions to power plant ELG

Top Democrats on the House transportation panel say EPA’s loosening of power plant wastewater standards ignores a 2019 court ruling and are demanding details on its implementation.

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EPA Faces Complex Issues In Potential Update To Drinking Water Rules

EPA is beginning a lengthy consideration of whether to update an interconnected set of drinking water treatment rules aimed at reducing microbial pathogens and harmful disinfection byproducts, but the issues involved are so complex that environmentalists are urging the agency to consider a negotiated rulemaking or seek advice from a panel of experts.

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Reducing Cancer Risk Drives EPA Reconsideration Of Disinfection Rules

EPA is looking for ways to reduce the formation of disinfection byproducts (DBPs) during the drinking water treatment process as it weighs updates to a set of interconnected set of drinking water treatment rules, noting an increasing body of evidence that DBPs are carcinogenic and the fact that DBP rules are among the most violated.

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Senate Democrats press EPA to implement GAO lead recommendations

Senate Democrats say they are disappointed that EPA to date has not committed to implementing Government Accountability Office recommendations on reducing children’s lead exposures.

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Biden Administration Might Spur Bid For Statutory Change To CWA’s Scope

If Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden defeats President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election, supporters of stronger Clean Water Act (CWA) protections may ask Congress to revise the law to clarify its scope, although experts say the success of such an effort will depend on whether Democrats win a clear majority in the House and Senate.

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EPA Asks D.C. Circuit To Reject NRDC Request For Stay Of Perchlorate Suit

EPA is asking a federal appeals court to reject the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) request to stay a challenge of the agency’s decision not to regulate perchlorate in drinking water until a lower court rules on EPA’s termination of a consent decree that had required it to issue a drinking water standard for the rocket fuel ingredient.

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House panel probes reasons for PFOA releases at plants

The head of a House oversight subcommittee is pressing two manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to explain why a phased-out chemical is continuing to be discharged from two facilities.

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Leopold Touts Return From Obama EPA Legal Positions To ‘Historic’ Claims

Matt Leopold, who served almost three years as the Trump EPA’s general counsel before stepping down last month, is touting his work to “reimagine” what he says were erroneous legal positions taking by the Obama administration, saying he strived to return the agency to its “historic positions” on the scope of its statutory and regulatory powers.

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Environmentalists, Former Staffer Urge EPA To Reject Florida CWA 404 Plan

Environmentalists and a retired EPA employee are urging the agency to reject Florida’s request to assume Clean Water Act (CWA) section 404 dredge-and-fill permitting authority, with environmentalists arguing there are significant gaps in the state’s plan and the agency alumnus raising concerns that it will decrease environmental protections.

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House Democrats’ Ocean Climate Bill Would Ban Drilling, Help Fisheries

House Democrats are floating legislation that would for the first time seek to address the effects of climate change on the oceans, banning new offshore drilling while at the same time upgrading federal ocean management efforts and aiding fisheries by reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions that cause climate change.

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