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EAB Seeks New Data On EPA’s Equity Considerations In UIC Permitting

EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) is demanding that the agency show how it considered environmental justice (EJ) in a permit for an oil and gas operation near a low-income community in Michigan, signaling how the board will apply its recent decision faulting a similar permit for offering no proof of how equity factored into it.

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EPA, Gold King Mine spill plaintiffs clash over discovery

EPA is at odds with state, tribal and individual plaintiffs over how they should go about fact-finding in the long-delayed litigation over the 2015 Gold King spill, which will affect how long the suit takes to resolve.

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Court ruling expands CWA rule patchwork

Orders from a federal district court changing the parties in litigation over the 2015 Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule create a county-by-county patchwork for the rule in New Mexico.

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SAB Seeks To Expand Transparency Rule Review Beyond Wheeler's Call

A work group of EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) is asking the agency a series of questions about its controversial science transparency rule, a move that appears aimed at broadening advisors' review of the measure beyond what Administrator Andrew Wheeler proposed last month.

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EPA Eyes Supplemental Plan As It Seeks To Speed Science Data Rule

EPA is considering issuing a supplemental plan for its controversial science transparency rule, a measure that is part of Administrator Andrew Wheeler's stepped up effort to complete the rule within a year -- though the effort faces widespread criticism, little regulatory justification and a massive number of of public comments to address, sources say.

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GOP senators urge high court to reject CWA groundwater regulation

The chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and 15 other Republican senators argue the Clean Water Act does not cover pollution that travels through groundwater to surface water.

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House Seeks To Boost PFAS Funds But Policy Push Unlikely To Slow

House lawmakers are stepping up efforts to provide funds to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) -- including a massive proposed $2.5 billion grant program to aid drinking water systems -- funds that seek to address contamination concerns in the short term though sources say they are unlikely to deter lawmakers from advancing policy measures, sources say.

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EPA on track to propose lead rule revisions this summer

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the proposed drinking water rule is “going over to OMB in the next couple of weeks.”

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Republicans Detail Concerns Over Bipartisan PFAS Bills, Seek EPA Input

House Republicans are raising concerns that a suite of pending bills, many bipartisan, that seek to address contamination stemming from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) could limit EPA's ability to prioritize risks and short-circuit existing review processes and are calling on Democrats to allow the agency to provide further input.

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EPA Report Could Open Door To Allowing Oil, Gas Wastewater Discharges

EPA in a draft report is floating the possibility of regulatory changes to allow discharges of oil and gas extraction wastewaters to surface waters as a way to encourage greater reuse of the water, although it details several environmental and permitting concerns about the discharges raised by some states, environmentalists and industry representatives.

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