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Report: Elections Could Drive New Efforts To Address Lead In Drinking Water

EPA's limited response to the Flint, MI, drinking water crisis has prompted several states in the Northeast and Midwest to enact state laws to address lead contamination in municipal water supplies and schools, and while these state actions still fall short of what is needed, the results of the recent election could drive new state and federal efforts to address the issue, a new report says.

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EAB weighs bid to stay CWA permit case seen as 'sue-and-settle' dodge

EPA, environmentalists and a power plant owner are sparring over whether an Environmental Appeals Board water permit case seen as an attempt to avoid “sue-and-settle” talks should proceed.

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Supreme Court Puts Fight Over CWA Groundwater Liability On Fast Track

The Supreme Court is fast-tracking petitions over whether the Clean Water Act (CWA) limits groundwater pollution that flows into surface waters, setting a Nov. 30 date to consider whether to take up the two pending cases testing the issue within hours of the parties filing their final briefs.

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EPA's perchlorate deadline extended -- at least to December

A federal judge will hear briefing through the end of November on EPA's request to extend its court-ordered deadline by 6 months.

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New EPA Policy For Reviewing State Programs Calls Intervention 'Last Option'

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has quietly issued new guidance that limits agency oversight of states' delegated programs and calls federal intervention a “last option” even when states allow for significant noncompliance, an approach that is drawing criticism from environmentalists who say it ignores statutory mandates to review some permits.

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EPA Declines Growing Calls To Set Surface Water Standards For PFAS

EPA is facing growing calls from states and other stakeholders to set surface water standards for perfluorinated compounds, but the agency currently has no plans to establish such standards, an EPA water official told state waste managers recently.

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House Democrats Mull Water Infrastructure Options For 2019 Legislation

House Democratic staff on multiple committees are reaching out to stakeholders for ideas on ways to bolster clean water infrastructure in a possible bipartisan bill in the next Congress -- an effort that could strengthen EPA's water infrastructure funding programs which already face significant demand for funding.

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California postpones key water vote under political pressure

California's Democratic leaders successfully urged the state water board to delay a vote on a controversial plan, ending potentially precedent-setting oversight by EPA.

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High Court Petition Could Set CWA Standard Ahead Of Lawsuits, EPA Rule

A just-filed Supreme Court petition could provide a vehicle for the justices to set a new standard on the Clean Water Act's (CWA) scope or even strike down a notoriously vague provision that governs federal jurisdiction under the law, which could end a “thicket” of litigation on the issue and short-circuit EPA's rule to clarify the law's reach.

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EPA Targets California Water Standards In Election Bid But Faces Challenges

EPA is threatening to challenge California's plan to set new water quality standards for parts of the state's Bay-Delta, an effort that appears aimed in part at bolstering the re-election of a vulnerable GOP lawmaker, but environmentalists say the agency is unlikely to follow through because it would set a precedent that would increase the universe of state standards subject to review.

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