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As EPA, DOD Battle, New Jersey Adopts Strict Groundwater PFAS Level

New Jersey regulators have set strict health-based groundwater cleanup standards for two common per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), adopting interim levels that are forty times more stringent than those being pushed by the Defense Department (DOD) in an ongoing fight with EPA over federal cleanup levels.

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EPA Takes Initial Steps On PFAS Contamination Before Superfund Listing

EPA has begun to sample for potential contamination of two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at Superfund sites even before it lists the chemicals as “hazardous substances,” suggesting it could move quickly to require cleanup at sites where the agency had previously committed not to and where prior mandates are addressed.

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Judge Allows Environmentalists' Landmark Climate Permit Suit To Proceed

A federal judge is allowing environmentalists to proceed with potentially precedent-setting litigation alleging oil giant ExxonMobil violated federal water and waste law provisions because one of its terminals is not doing enough to prevent pollution releases caused by climate change impacts like rising sea levels and frequent severe storms.

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EAB Backs EPA Power To Make Existing CWA NPDES Permits More Lenient

EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has upheld a 2017 Clean Water Act (CWA) permit that loosened discharge limits on nutrients for a New Mexico wastewater treatment plant, rejecting claims that it violates the law’s anti-backsliding provisions and bolstering the agency’s freedom to make existing CWA permits more lenient.

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Environmentalists seek rehearing of CWA 401 ruling

Environmentalists say the D.C. Circuit's ruling that states have a strict one-year limit to make decisions about water quality certifications creates a split among appeals courts that affects numerous energy projects.

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States Renew Call For RMP-Style CWA Spill Regulation, Citing EPA Data

State and local emergency response officials are renewing their call for EPA to promulgate an accident prevention rule to address chemical spills under the Clean Water Act (CWA), criticizing the agency's decision to drop plans for such a rule as a dereliction of duty and arguing recently released EPA data does nothing to support the agency's decision.

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DOJ Asks Courts To Avoid CWA Jurisdiction Suits Amid Policy ‘Patchwork’

The Department of Justice is urging federal courts to avoid taking up cases on the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA) until it finalizes a rule to narrow an Obama-era policy on the law’s reach, even as the Trump administration continues to issue jurisdictional findings for waterbodies using a “patchwork” of varying standards.

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EPA Drops Bid To Revive CWA Rule Delay, Cementing National ‘Patchwork’

EPA has voluntarily withdrawn its appeals of federal district court rulings striking down its delay of the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule, cementing for now a nationwide “patchwork” of regulations on the law’s scope that will persist until the White House finalizes a policy to repeal or replace the 2015 jurisdiction rule.

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House Democrats Eye Water Subsidies But GOP Fears EPA Rate-Setting Role

Key House Democrats are exploring the possibility of creating an EPA program for low-income households to help them pay for water and sewer services, a plan that previously has won bipartisan support in the Senate though House Republicans are questioning whether the plan would give the agency a role in setting local rates.

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Wheeler Prioritizes EPA Research On PFAS Impacts On Agriculture

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is tasking the agency's Office of Research & Development (ORD) to lead efforts with other offices to steer existing funds toward projects that will aid in managing the impact of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on agriculture and rural economies, filling a gap in the agency's recent action plan.

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