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EPA Wins $200 Million Boost In Lawmakers’ FY20 Spending ‘Minibus’

House and Senate lawmakers have released consensus spending bills for the remainder of fiscal year 2020 that would raise EPA’s annual budget to $9 billion, an increase of $207 million over FY19 levels, according to a summary released by Senate Democrats.

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Sackett appeal seeks narrow CWA holding ahead of EPA rule

The landowners that won a landmark 2012 Supreme Court decision on the right to challenge compliance orders is now urging the 9th Circuit to drastically narrow EPA authority under the water law.

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Arizona drops plan to assume CWA 404 permitting

The announcement, responding to widespread opposition to the state’s plan, marks an about face for the state, one of only a handful that had pursued Trump EPA plans to assume the authority.

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CEQ May Float Major NEPA Changes At Law’s 50th Anniversary Event

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is poised to unveil a long-awaited proposal to significantly streamline how agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), an announcement that could coincide with a Dec. 17 event marking the 50th anniversary of the bedrock environmental law.

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In Shift, Some States Seek PFAS Advisories Rather Than Toxicity Values

In an apparent shift, some state officials are pressing EPA to go beyond its current plans to craft toxicity values for several per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and instead develop non-binding health advisory levels in drinking water, arguing the toxicity values are of little use to state drinking water and cleanup programs.

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EPA plans February release of water reuse implementation plan

The final National Water Reuse Action Plan will focus on approximately 20 actions to encourage water reuse, a narrowing of the 46 possible actions in the draft plan, an agency official says.

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EPA Spurns ECOS After State Group’s Cooperative Federalism Rebuke

EPA has been quietly pushing back against the Environmental Council of the States’ (ECOS) recent criticism of “unilateral” agency actions that threaten EPA-state cooperation, including by recalling to the agency staff that had been assigned to assist the group of state environment chiefs and throttling back communication with it.

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Carper Steps Up Push To Strengthen PFAS Rules After Congress’ Failure

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the top Democrat on the Senate environment committee, is stepping up his efforts to get legislative measures passed this year to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under drinking water and Superfund laws after lawmakers were unable to secure a deal on the measures in defense legislation.

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EPA sends PFAS groundwater cleanup guide for OMB review

Any final guidance will test concerns that the Pentagon may have sought to pre-empt the screening levels EPA had floated in a draft version of the document.

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Study links fossil fuel companies to ocean acidification

Researchers with the Union of Concerned Scientists say the newly published study is the first to track how much any one fossil fuel company contributed to the problem and in what way.

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