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EPA Region 10 backs off from dispute with Corps over Pebble Mine

The agency says it “has elected not to continue its elevation process with the Army Corps of Engineers as part of the Corps’ evaluation of the proposed Pebble Mine Project.”

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New Mexico Ranchers Seek Partial Injunction To Block Trump WOTUS Rule

New Mexico ranchers are seeking to block implementation of portions of the Trump administration’s waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, arguing the rule’s application of the Clean Water Act (CWA) to intermittent tributaries and wetlands that do not directly abut other regulated waterbodies is contrary to Supreme Court precedent.

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9th Circuit Denies Stay Of NWP Ruling Barring New Pipeline Construction

In a major setback for the energy sector and Trump administration, an appellate court has denied an emergency request from the Justice Department (DOJ) and industry to stay a landmark district court ruling that vacated the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for constructing new oil and gas pipelines.

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EPA sends final perchlorate rule to OMB for review

The agency has already signaled that the final rule will conclude that EPA will not regulate the presences of the rocket fuel ingredient in drinking water.

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Critics Question Trump’s Deregulatory EO, But Backers Tout ‘Fairness’

Critics of President Donald Trump’s latest deregulatory executive order (EO) are questioning whether it will drive significant new EPA rollbacks without encountering major legal problems, though supporters are highlighting another aspect that imposes a series of principles designed to ensure “fairness” in enforcement actions.

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Vanderbilt researchers find greater thyroid impacts from perchlorate

“Now that we understand exactly what perchlorate does, we can clearly see that contamination of drinking water with this chemical is more worrisome than previously thought,” researcher Nancy Carrasco says.

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Environmentalists Seeks To Broadly Apply High Court’s Groundwater Ruling

Several federal courts are poised to become test beds for applying the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on when pollutants that travel through groundwater to navigable waters require a Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permit, with environmentalists seeking to reverse recent rulings contrary to the high court’s precedent or apply it to new situations.

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Environmentalists Seek To Broadly Apply High Court’s Groundwater Ruling

Several federal courts are poised to become test beds for applying the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on when pollutants that travel through groundwater to navigable waters require a Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permit, with environmentalists seeking to reverse recent rulings contrary to the high court’s precedent or apply it to new situations.

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DOJ Asks Justices To Scrap Cooling Water FOIA Document Release Ruling

The Justice Department (DOJ) is urging the Supreme Court to overturn an appellate ruling requiring the release of draft documents related to the development of EPA’s cooling water intake rule, arguing the appeals court made several errors in finding the documents could be released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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States file ‘protective’ challenge to EPA’s COVID enforcement policy

States are anticipating that EPA will seek to dismiss their district court suit and argue that it belongs in the D.C. Circuit.

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