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High Court Groundwater Decision May Hinge On CWA Textual Arguments

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral argument Nov. 6 in a case testing whether the Clean Water Act (CWA) applies to pollutants that travel through groundwater to surface water, with the outcome potentially hinging on which of two competing textual arguments the high court endorses.

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Municipal, industry groups appeal Montana nutrient rulings

The national and state groups argue the rulings are contrary to the Clean Water Act, failed to give proper deference to EPA and improperly dictated the outcome of a revised water quality rule.

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CalEPA Chief Challenges Wheeler’s Attack On State Water Programs

The success of California’s programs “makes the unusual decision to single out California’s compliance with the [CWA] and [SDWA] all the more extraordinary,” Jared Blumenfeld says in a letter.

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NAS Panel Again Backs EPA’s Arsenic Analysis Plan But With Lone Dissent

A National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel is largely backing EPA’s plan for its long-pending re-assessment of the risks of inorganic arsenic, a ubiquitous contaminant, reiterating calls for the agency to proceed with its dose-response analysis using new data that shows risks at low exposures while using controversial extrapolation techniques only at the lowest levels.

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EPA’s Waste Office Wrestles With Questions Over PFAS Final Disposal

Even as EPA grapples with policies governing legacy cleanup of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), the agency’s Office of Resource Conservation & Recovery (ORCR) is wrestling with the best methods for disposal of wastes containing PFAS in response to questions pouring in seeking advice on the issue, a top official says.

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DOJ Cites EPA Rulemaking To Urge High Court Rejection Of 401 Petition

The Justice Department (DOJ) is urging the Supreme Court to reject environmentalists’ petition to reverse an appellate decision limiting states’ ability to review Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 water quality certification requests, pointing to EPA’s ongoing rulemaking on the issue and the lack of judicial disagreement.

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Inhofe floats ‘skinny’ defense bill without PFAS measures

The bill is intended as a backup in the event lawmakers cannot agree on border wall funds but a group of House lawmakers say they have the votes to block any bill if it does not include PFAS provisions.

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House Panel Approves Boost To Clean Water SRF, Extended Permit Terms

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved by voice vote bipartisan legislation to almost double current spending levels for EPA’s clean water state revolving fund (SRF) by 2025 as well as allow states the flexibility to extend the terms of some Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permits from five to 10 years.

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CCUS Measure May Hang In Balance Amid Broader Defense Bill Dispute

Bipartisan legislation that has cleared the Senate to encourage a suite of carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) technologies might hang in the balance of contentious ongoing conference negotiations over a broader defense policy bill to which the CCUS policy is attached.

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House Group Sees Votes To Block ‘Skinny’ NDAA If It Lacks PFAS Policies

A group of 69 House lawmakers say they have the votes to scuttle efforts to pass a stripped-down defense bill if it lacks measures addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though supporters say they are open to potential compromises on the PFAS measures, including a controversial Superfund law amendment.

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