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Alaska plans to challenge Pebble Mine CWA permit denial

State officials say the Army Corps of Engineers’ denial of a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit for the mine “has far-reaching and ominous implications” for the state’s ability to develop its resources.

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EPA Says New York Bolstering Chesapeake Bay Plan, Seeks More Changes

New York is taking steps to place it on track to meet federal nutrient and sediment reduction targets for the Chesapeake Bay but the state could do more work to better ensure that the cleanup goals will be met by 2025, EPA says in a recently released analysis that will likely play a role in ongoing litigation over the agency’s role in the bay’s cleanup.

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Federal district court dismisses CWA suit over Louisiana plastics plant

A federal district court says there is no value in retaining jurisdiction over the permit after the Army Corps of Engineers opted to reconsider portions of a Clean Water Act permit.

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Final EPA Effluent Plan Targets PFAS, Details Rules For Energy Industries

EPA’s final Clean Water Act (CWA) plan for reviewing and revising technology-based effluent limits expands the agency’s study of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), moves toward regulating some manufacturers, and details efforts to revise some power plant effluent limits while providing “flexibility” for oil and gas wastewater reuse.

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EPA Weighs Future Changes To Effluent Limits For Several Major Sectors

EPA’s latest plan for updating effluent standards for many industries says the agency is continuing to study the electrical and electronic components (E&EC) sector and the meat and poultry products industry to assist its review of whether to make any future changes to those limits.

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Earthjustice Calls Proposed CWA Enforcement Standard Change ‘Unlawful’

EPA’s proposed change to requirements for the type of negligence standard states must use for criminal enforcement of delegated Clean Water Act (CWA) programs is “unlawful” and should be withdrawn because, if finalized, it would allow for inconsistent enforcement of the CWA between states and EPA, says an Earthjustice attorney.

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New Jersey court rejects industry groups’ bid to stay state PFAS rules

A New Jersey state court has rejected businesses’ call to stay landmark New Jersey water rules for the two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) pending resolution of litigation over the regulations.

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EPA Fights EAB Suit Over First-Ever CWA Permit For Aquaculture Farm

EPA is urging its Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) to dismiss a pair of challenges from environmental groups who oppose a first-ever Clean Water Act (CWA) permit for an offshore fish farm in the Gulf of Mexico, rejecting the critics’ claim that the permit is unlawful because the agency erred in its response to comments on it.

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EPA finalizes Oregon aluminum water quality criteria

The action meets a judicial deadline for federal action after the state failed to develop federally approved freshwater criteria to protect aquatic life.

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Army Corps Finalizes Controversial Changes To CWA Nationwide Permits

The Army Corps of Engineers has finalized controversial changes to its Clean Water Act (CWA) general permits, including removing limits on stream loss measured in linear feet from some permits and dividing coverage for various types of “utility” lines into three permits, but has opted to let other permits remain unchanged until they expire in 2022.

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