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New Hampshire Highlights DOD’s Ambiguous Stance On State PFAS MCLs

The Air Force says it will use its discretion to decide if it will adopt as cleanup levels first-time enforceable drinking water standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that took effect in New Hampshire Oct. 1, a case that could set a precedent for other states seeking cleanups at military sites as they move to enact their own standards in the absence of EPA rules.

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Critics Ask State Court To Block New Hampshire’s Landmark PFAS MCLs

New Hampshire’s landmark drinking water and groundwater standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which took effect Oct. 1, are facing a legal challenge by a major manufacturer of the chemical, as well as a local water and sewer district and a biosolids business, which are seeking to halt the rules’ implementation and enforcement.

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Judge denies EPA’s bid for quick ruling on Gold King tort claims

The decision rejects as premature EPA’s bid to block tort claims stemming from the 2015 wastewater spill, which it filed just eight days after the start of discovery.

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New Mexico ranchers challenge CWA ‘repeal’ rule

The new suit asks a federal court to declare that several provisions of the Clean Water Act, 1986 EPA regulations and related guidance “are statutorily and constitutionally invalid, and to enjoin their enforcement.”

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Supporters Step Up Efforts To Include Strict PFAS Measures In Defense Bill

As House and Senate leaders complete a bicameral conference on pending fiscal year 2020 defense legislation, supporters of strict policies governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are stepping up efforts to sway lawmakers to include measures that would speed and require strict EPA regulation of the chemicals.

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EPA Asks Judge To Amend Erroneous Montana Nutrients Variance Ruling

EPA is asking a federal district court in Montana to “correct its clear error” by altering or amending a closely watched March ruling that faulted the agency’s approval of a state variance from water quality standards (WQS) for failing to ensure compliance with baseline standards by the end of the 17-year variance term.

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States Slam EPA’s 401 Plan For ‘Unlawfully’ Curtailing States’ CWA Powers

State environmental regulators and attorneys general are blasting EPA’s proposed rule to limit how states review whether a federally permitted project will violate water quality standards for “unlawfully” seeking to curtail state authority, contrary to the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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Environmentalists, Industry Clash Over EPA Plan To Limit CWA 401 Rules

Environmentalists and the energy industry are clashing over EPA’s proposal to curb states’ reviews of water quality certification requests, with environmentalists charging the agency has no legitimate regulatory purpose or rational explanation while the industry groups are praising the proposal for curbing inappropriate state action.

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White House pledges to maintain GLRI funds

EPA issued a new five-year plan for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative after Administrator Andrew Wheeler won assurances the White House would no longer seek to slash the program’s budget.

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EPA Readies Groups To Implement New Trump Deregulatory Orders

EPA is poised to form two workgroups to implement President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders (EO) restricting agencies’ use of guidance documents and curbing some enforcement efforts, even as observers are still working to assess the on-the-ground impact of the orders on agency operations.

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