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EPA, environmentalists seek delay in slaughterhouse ELG case

The agency and environmental groups say postponing oral argument until September would give the Biden EPA more time to consider its position, and possibly allow the case to be settled out of court.

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Senate Eyes Water Infrastructure Bill Floor Vote Despite CBO Legal Query

The Senate is expected to vote this week on a $30 billion bipartisan water infrastructure bill that could be a test for approval of President Joe Biden’s broader $2 billion infrastructure plan, but questions remain about an EPA loan program provision in the bill that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says is inconsistent with current law.

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House Democrats urge Biden to reconsider NWP 12

A group of 28 House Democrats wants the Biden administration to rethink the use of Clean Water Act general permits for oil and gas pipelines, raising specific concerns about a planned pipeline in Tennessee.

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Researchers warn funding limits leave PFAS knowledge gaps

The Delaware River Basin Commission has been able to test for per‐ and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in fish tissue to guide health advisories, but funding limits have left environmental knowledge gaps.

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State AGs, Environmentalists Back EPA LCR Extension, Eye Policy Changes

Nine state attorneys general (AGs) from primarily Democratic states and environmental groups who have sued over the Trump EPA’s revised lead and copper drinking water rule (LCR) are backing the Biden administration’s proposal to extend key implementation dates for the rule, and are calling on EPA to make several changes to the rule.

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Senators Ask Treasury To Back Using Stimulus Funds For PFAS Mitigation

A bipartisan group of eight senators is urging Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to allow states and localities to use funds designated broadly for water and sewer infrastructure under the massive COVID-19 stimulus package toward mitigating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination, calling it a “critical need.”

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AWWA Urges EPA To Consider Household Affordability In SDWA Analyses

Drinking water utilities are recommending that EPA expand the way it considers households’ ability to pay for drinking water when the agency conducts economic analyses to support setting enforceable standards under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), saying the change would help identify and address environmental justice.

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House Republicans back Senate GOP support of Trump WOTUS rule

In a House resolution, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) and 114 other GOP lawmakers are calling for preservation of the Trump-era rule defining waters of the United States (WOTUS).

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EPA will leave acting water, chemicals posts vacant during confirmation

Radhika Fox and Michal Freedhoff will remain top political officials in EPA’s water and chemical offices respectively while their nominations are pending, but will exercise no formal legal authority.

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High Court Groundwater Ruling ‘Blurred’ Line Between CWA, Other Laws

The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling last year in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund that created a new “functional equivalent” test for when pollutants that travel through groundwater require a (CWA) permit has created significant regulatory uncertainty on how the CWA interacts with other environmental laws, a legal expert says.

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