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EPA opts to leave oil, gas ELG unchanged

The agency says a new review of information confirms all facilities subject to the unconventional oil and gas rule, including those in Pennsylvania, can meet its zero-discharge standard.

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Changes To California Bill Locking In Obama Rules Fail To Quell Opposition

California Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has made a series of amendments easing her controversial bill that would lock into state law Obama-era environmental and worker safety rules, but the changes are failing to fully address industry and water agency opposition, setting up the potential for more talks and further changes.

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States Seek Data To Enhance Produced Water Reuse As EPA Eyes New Rules

State regulators are outlining research needs that, if answered, could increase the feasibility of reusing produced water from oil and gas drilling, an approach that stands in contrast to EPA plans to ease regulatory requirements as a way to encourage the practice.

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Environmentalists threaten to sue EPA over slaughterhouse ELG

Environmentalists say EPA has failed to meet its statutory duty to review the agency’s effluent rules for slaughterhouses, some of which date back to 1974.

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Judge rejects environmentalists’ bid to intervene in CWA rule suit

A federal judge in Oregon has denied environmentalists’ motion to intervene in litigation brought by cattle groups seeking to block the 2015 Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule.

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Rejecting Industry Calls, ATSDR Backs EPA’s Strict Risk Approach On TCE

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is backing EPA’s 2011 assessment setting strict risk values for the ubiquitous solvent trichloroethylene (TCE), rejecting industry calls to ignore a controversial toxicology study that EPA’s risk program used when it set TCE risk values to protect against fetal heart malformations.

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Environmentalists target CWA permit for Keystone XL

In new litigation, environmental groups claim the Army Corps of Engineers violated environmental laws when it used a Clean Water Act general permit to approve construction of the tar sands pipeline.

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EPA, Army Corps Seek States’ Input On Wetlands Mitigation Rule Changes

EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are seeking states’ feedback on possible changes to the agencies’ 2008 wetlands mitigation banking rule, ahead of a formal proposal expected by the end of the year as part of the Trump administration’s push to accelerate permitting of energy projects.

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Senate approves PFAS, CCS measures on defense bill

Passage of the bill sets up a likely showdown with the House, which is expected to adopt different stances on the PFAS and CCUS provisions included in the Senate bill.

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EPA to revisit Obama-era Pebble Mine ‘veto’ proposal

EPA General Counsel Matthew Leopold is directing EPA Region 10 to make an “up-or-down decision” on whether to use Clean Water Act authority to block construction of the contentious Pebble Mine in Alaska.

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