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CEI says Obama-era Pebble Mine assessment fails data standards

The free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute says EPA's assessment of potential harms from the Pebble Mine in Alaska violated the Information Quality Act and should be rewritten or scrapped.

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EPA, OIG At Odds Over Whether Land-Application Of Biosolids Is 'Safe'

EPA's Office of Water and Office of Inspector General (OIG) are at odds over the agency's position that the land-application of sewage sludge is safe, with OIG in a new report noting the agency has identified 352 pollutants in the treated sludge, 61 of which are designated as acutely hazardous, hazardous or priority pollutants in other programs.

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EAB rejects EPA delay request in CWA case linked to 'sue-and-settle'

The Environmental Appeals Board will proceed with a challenge to an EPA-issued power plant water permit despite its request for a six-month stay that environmentalists say was a ploy to avoid settlement.

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EPA Rejects Maryland Call To Enforce Chesapeake TMDL On Pennsylvania

EPA enforcement chief Susan Bodine is rejecting calls from Maryland environment director Ben Grumbles for the agency to level “enforcement-related consequences” on Pennsylvania if it continues to fall short of its water pollution reduction goals in the multi-state Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan, saying the conflict is not “an enforcement question.”

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Senate Backs Deal Retaining EPA Control Of Ballast Water, Limiting States

After years of debate, the Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan deal that that maintains EPA's authority to set ballast water discharge standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and recognizes invasive species concerns in the Great Lakes, but limits most states' ability to set stricter standards.

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EPA Floats New Risk Values For Two PFAS, Continuing Regulatory Patchwork

EPA has released new draft toxicology assessments for two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) known as GenX and PFBS, long-awaited by state agencies and other stakeholders, but the numbers -- a stricter level than North Carolina recently adopted for GenX and a weaker level than Minnesota adopted for PFBS -- continue the regulatory patchwork that EPA and states have created.

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Wastewater Group Claims EPA 'Fraud' In Bid To Revive Blending Policy Suit

A municipal wastewater group is charging the Obama administration committed “fraud” when it told a federal appeals court it had made no final decision on its policy for regulating wastewater “blending” and convinced the court to reject the group's suit over the policy, urging judges to recall the mandate in the case and restart the litigation.

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Despite Scientific Uncertainty, ATSDR Chief Backs Strict PFAS Risk Levels

The head of a federal health agency that earlier this year recommended stricter risk levels for perfluorinated chemicals than EPA's told a Senate hearing that regulators face significant scientific uncertainty assessing the substances' risks, and raised doubts about whether federal agencies will be able to reach agreement on the risks.

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EPA Decision Could Limit New Mexico's Options To Address Produced Water

EPA and New Mexico have released a draft white paper aimed at facilitating the use of produced water from oil and gas drilling in the state by identifying regulatory or policy gaps, but the state's ability to make any changes outlined in the paper could be limited by EPA's pending decision on how to manage wastewater from onshore oil and gas extraction.

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In Reversal, EPA Agrees To Bolster Scrutiny Of States' LCR Enforcement

In a reversal, EPA has struck a deal with its Inspector General (IG) to conduct annual reviews of state compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) and is crafting a National Compliance Initiative (NCI) for drinking water, though environmentalists say the effort will take significant resources that the Trump administration may not be willing to provide.

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