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Utilities Oppose Further EPA LCR Deadline Delays, States Back Changes

Drinking water utilities are opposing EPA’s proposal to further extend the effective date of Trump-era changes to the lead and copper rule (LCR) by arguing that such a move would further delay important public health protections, but state regulators support the agency’s proposal and say there are areas of the rule that need further review.

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OECA Extends COVID-19 Compliance Monitoring Flexibility To September

EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) is extending until September an enforcement flexibility policy driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing state regulators to continue using both on-site and off-site compliance tools to meet on-site inspection commitments contained in agency compliance strategies and grants.

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Maryland legislature guarantees CWA citizen enforcement

The state legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly reverses a 2010 state court ruling that effectively prevented citizens from intervening in Clean Water Act (CWA) cases brought by the state.

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D.C. Circuit grants EPA request to stay suit over Trump LCR

A federal appeals court has granted a request from EPA, environmental groups and Democratic state attorneys general to stay litigation over the revised lead and copper rule (LCR) until June 17.

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EPA Drinking Water Monitoring Plan Prompts Concerns On Burdens, Data

State regulators, drinking water utilities, environmental laboratories and others are raising various concerns over EPA’s proposal to require utilities to monitor for lithium and 29 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), saying the plan could be burdensome and that it should require monitoring data for additional unregulated contaminants.

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Capito, Graves urge Biden to support CWA general permits

The top Republicans on the Senate and House infrastructure committees are urging President Joe Biden to back changes to Clean Water Act (CWA) permits made during the last days of the Trump administration.

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Investors urge EPA, Congress to block Pebble Mine

A coalition of 50 investors says “investors are increasingly coming to the conclusion that the value of our portfolios is dependent in part on sustainable global economic growth” and the Pebble Mine would threaten this.

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Timeline For EPA Wastewater PFAS Testing Method Remains Uncertain

EPA’s timeline for finalizing a validated test method for measuring per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in wastewater remains vague, casting doubt on how quickly the Biden administration can advance plans to develop technology-based effluent limits or water quality-based permit limits for one or more industrial sectors.

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EPA highlights EJ benefits of Urban Waters program

In a new report, EPA is outlining the benefits of a decade-old voluntary watershed program in improving urban communities’ environmental conditions, including in environmental justice (EJ) communities.

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Chesapeake Bay senators urge EPA to use ‘all tools’ to achieve TMDL

The senators from Maryland, Virginia and Delaware are urging EPA Administrator Michael Regan to use “all tools” at the agency’s disposal to ensure the cleanup goals for the Chesapeake Bay are met.

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