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EPA weighs allowing Texas to issue oil, gas CWA permits

Region 6 is reviewing a request from Texas to allow the state to issue Clean Water Act discharge permits for certain oil and gas activities, increasing state control over drilling activities in the energy-rich region.

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EPN Raises Concerns EPA Affordability Guide Will Delay CWA Compliance

A group of former EPA officials and staff is raising concerns about the agency’s proposed changes to guidance on calculating whether wastewater utilities can afford required infrastructure improvements, saying the modifications will extend the time utilities are out of compliance with the Clean Water Act (CWA) and urging other options.

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McCarthy Says States’ Innovation May Be Key To Exiting Trump EPA ‘Morass’

Obama EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the Trump administration’s abandonment of environmental regulation is forcing states to take the lead in protecting public health and the environment, and innovation happening with such policies at the state and local level will be key to “how we build out of the morass we’re in now.”

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EPA Announces Broad Federal Strategy To Reduce Marine Litter Worldwide

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has announced the launch of a broad new federal strategy aimed at preventing and reducing marine litter worldwide, with a focus on boosting the capacity of waste management systems and collaborating with the private sector on providing incentives to the global recycling market to minimize waste.

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Environmentalists Defend Appeal Of Suit Over Oklahoma Coal Ash Plan

Environmentalists are defending their appeal of a district court decision that partly remanded EPA’s approval of Oklahoma’s coal ash disposal permit program while upholding broader elements of the agency’s review process for state rules, arguing that waiting for the remand to conclude is pointless because it requires no new action from EPA.

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CLF argues WOTUS rule violates several laws

The Conservation Law Foundation is asking a federal district court in Massachusetts to vacate the Trump administration’s Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule for violating several federal laws.

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Water Utilities Urge ‘Refinement’ Of EPA Affordability Guide Revisions

Drinking water and wastewater utilities are supporting EPA’s proposed changes to guidance on calculating whether utilities can afford required infrastructure improvements as a “considerable improvement” over existing guidance but are urging the agency to clarify some items and say “continued refinement would improve implementation” of the document.

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Final EPA Rule Softening Limits On Unlined Coal Ash Sites Tees Up Suit

EPA has finalized its rule allowing coal ash disposal sites that lack “composite” liners to keep operating if they can show there is “no reasonable probability” that the facilities will contaminate groundwater, teeing up a legal fight with environmentalists who say the rule violates both waste law and a 2018 appellate court decision.

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Wheeler taps former Bush regulatory review chief to lead SAB

The new panelists and panel leaders from industry and other deregulatory backgrounds signals that the administrator plans to rely on the board to review his planned agenda should Trump win a second term.

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Environmentalists urge court to dismiss NWP suit

The Coalition to Protect Puget Sound Habitat says a federal appeals court lacks jurisdiction to hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling that vacated a Clean Water Act general permit for shellfish aquaculture.

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