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Maryland County Asks High Court To Reverse Strict State MS4 Permit Ruling

A Maryland county is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a novel ruling from the state’s high court that the county says improperly expands the scope of a Clean Water Act (CWA) stormwater permit to make the county responsible for stormwater runoff outside of its control and prevents judicial review of the stormwater system’s regulatory classification.

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Wheeler Plans To Scale Back SAB’s Process For Reviewing EPA Rules

EPA appears poised to overhaul the process the agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) has used for reviewing the science underlying ongoing rulemakings, with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler floating a new, “immediately effective” process that gives no role for SAB’s existing work group and instead places all decisions with SAB’s chair.

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Environmentalists sue EPA over novel Missouri nutrient standards

The suit claims the agency’s approval of the state’s narrative standards last year was arbitrary and capricious because EPA had previously held numeric criteria were necessary.

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Early UCMR4 results show few detections of cyanotoxins

EPA drinking water officials say the results are a “pleasant surprise” but may be the result of utilities implementing recommendations in 2015 guidance.

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After NDAA Failure, House Democrats Vow 2020 Floor Vote On PFAS Bill

After failing to secure significant regulatory provisions addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the pending fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), top House Democrats are pledging to bring to the floor early next year a comprehensive, stand-alone measure addressing the chemicals.

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Despite Trump Complaints, EPA Water Efficiency Standards Win Support

Despite President Donald Trump’s recent complaints about EPA water efficiency standards for bathroom fixtures, plumbing manufacturers, local water districts and environmentalists earlier this year strongly backed the agency’s voluntary WaterSense program and urged a steady course or, in some cases, more stringent standards.

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Supreme Court declines to hear CWA 401 case

The decision likely bolsters a controversial Trump EPA effort to curtail states’ powers under the Clean Water Act.

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Groups Urge Lawmakers To Reconsider Defense Bill’s PFAS Provisions

Two environmental groups are urging lawmakers to revisit a decision to significantly scale back provisions governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the pending fiscal year 2020 defense bill, pointing to bipartisan support for the water and waste measures when some of them passed as part of either the House or Senate bills.

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EPA floats CWA replacement rule as repeal measure challenged

The agency has sent for White House review a draft final rule to narrow the scope of the Clean Water Act even as EPA is facing new litigation over its decision to repeal the Obama-era jurisdiction rule.

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Lawmakers Scale Back PFAS Provisions As Defense Bill Deadline Nears

Amid partisan finger-pointing, lawmakers negotiating the fiscal year 2020 defense bill have significantly scaled back provisions governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), dropping a series of measures under a host of environmental laws that would have set firm deadlines and pathways for when and how EPA takes action.

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