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EPA, Governors Pledge Increased Diversity, Equity For Chesapeake Bay

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and the leaders of the jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are making a new vow to address diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in the long-term bay restoration bid, saying the cleanup’s success depends on the equitable, just and inclusive engagement of all communities in the watershed.

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Supreme Court Faces Broad Calls To Back EPA Cooling Water FOIA Ruling

Industry, civil liberties and wildlife protection groups are urging the Supreme Court to uphold an appellate ruling forcing the release of documents from EPA’s development of its cooling water rule, arguing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) opposition to disclosure is at odds with federal law and turns high court precedent “on its head.”

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Judge reaffirms denial of POTW intervention in Missouri nutrient case

A federal judge has again found that the state of Missouri will adequately represent the interests of wastewater treatment plants in litigation over the state’s nutrient water quality standards.

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Judge Denies Industry Groups’ Participation In WOTUS Rule Litigation

A federal judge in California has denied motions from a coalition of industry groups and a pair of Idaho landowners to intervene in a challenge filed by Democratic state attorneys general to the Trump administration’s narrowed waters of the United States (WOTUS) definition, saying the case will be adjudicated on the administrative record.

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Environmental Groups Urge Court To Uphold Stay Of WOTUS In Colorado

Environmental and academic groups are urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit to uphold a lower court’s stay of the Trump administration’s waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, arguing the rule poses significant harm to the state’s residents and that the policy’s economic analysis relies on irrational and ill-informed assumptions.

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Law Professor Links WOTUS With Trump Push To Redefine ‘Showerheads’

EPA’s final rule narrowing the definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS) and the Trump administration’s separate push to redefine “showerheads” to allow more water use share a commonality of exaggerating regulatory burdens while ignoring real-world harms of the changes, according to law professor William Buzbee.

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New Chemours deal will further limit GenX pollution

Environmentalists and North Carolina have reached agreement with chemical company Chemours to add new requirements to a consent decree aimed at limiting water pollution from manufacturing GenX.

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IG, EPA remain at odds over congressional reporting

EPA’s Inspector General (IG) and Office of Water continue to disagree whether the agency is correctly reporting to Congress the implementation of a coastal recreational water quality program.

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Ahead Of States’ Meeting, CBF Urges Stricter Enforcement Of Bay TDML

Ahead of a meeting next week of Chesapeake Bay states, environmentalists in a new report are warning cleanup targets for the bay are unlikely to be met by 2025 without significant new state and federal efforts, and are vowing to file threatened litigation over the issue within the next few weeks unless EPA acts.

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Judges Grapple With Power To Review Withdrawal Of Pebble Mine ‘Veto’

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit struggled at Aug. 12 oral argument with whether courts can review the Trump administration’s decision to formally withdraw a proposed Clean Water Act (CWA) “veto” to the planned Pebble Mine and, if they can review it, what standard to use for the review.

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