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Biden expected to pick U.S. Water Alliance CEO to lead EPA water office

Radhika Fox, who currently leads the U.S. Water Alliance sustainability non-profit, is expected to be named by President-elect Joe Biden as EPA’s next water chief.

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EPA Finalizes CWA Groundwater Permit Guide But Policy’s Future Unclear

EPA’s final guidance to implement a landmark Supreme Court ruling on when pollutants that travel through groundwater to surface waters require a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit is scheduled to appear in the Federal Register Jan. 21, but it is unclear whether the document will take effect once the Biden administration takes office.

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EPA Finalizes Industrial Stormwater General Permit With Several Changes

EPA has finalized a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for industrial stormwater that makes several revisions from the agency’s proposal, including opting against the inclusion of certain sector-specific monitoring requirements because the agency says it previously misunderstood an expert panel’s recommendations on how to revise the permit.

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Environmentalists sue EPA in bid to force stricter lead and copper rule

Critics of the agency’s rule are also calling on the incoming Biden administration to issue a new lead and copper regulation that addresses their public health and environmental justice concerns.

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Environmentalists Aim To Halt Florida Assumption Of CWA 404 Permitting

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and six other environmental groups are suing EPA and other federal agencies in a bid to stop Florida’s assumption of dredge-and-fill permitting from the Army Corps of Engineers, alleging the federal government violated numerous environmental and administrative laws in approving the assumption.

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Michigan governor objects to EPA ballast standards proposal

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has invoked a relatively new section of the Clean Water Act to argue the proposed standards would harm the state’s water quality and undermine the law’s requirements.

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Environmentalists sue EPA over Yazoo Pumps approval

American Rivers and three other environmental groups say the agency’s decision to back the controversial flood control project is an “illegal revocation” of a 2008 Clean Water Act veto of a similar project.

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EPA sends water trading policy for OMB review

The policy is expected to detail options for determining water quality “baselines” for generating credits from nonpoint sources.

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Democratic States, Environmentalists Oppose EPA CWA Permitting Guide

Democratic state attorneys general (AGs) and environmentalists are calling on EPA to withdraw its guidance implementing a landmark Supreme Court ruling on when pollutants that travel through groundwater to surface waters require a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit, calling the proposed guidance illegal on several fronts.

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Industries Back EPA Groundwater Permitting Guide But Seek More Clarity

Industry groups are generally supporting EPA’s proposed guidance on implementing a landmark Supreme Court ruling that outlined a seven-factor test for determining when pollutants that travel through groundwater require a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit, but they are urging the agency to provide additional guidance on permit issuance.

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