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In Rare Step, EPA Proposes To Craft SDWA Limits For PFOA, PFOS

Under pressure from lawmakers, states and others, EPA is proposing to develop drinking water limits for two of the most-studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), only the second time the agency has found pollutants meet the Safe Drinking Water Act’s (SDWA) criteria for setting such standards since the law was revised in 1996.

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California’s Newsom Vows Again To Sue Trump Over Bay/Delta BiOps

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is renewing his pledge to block use of federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) assessments, known as biological opinions (BiOps), that will control how much water is released from two large supply facilities into the state’s sprawling Bay-Delta watershed after President Donald Trump formally approved the project.

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California Bill Requires Expanded Testing For PFAS Chemicals In Water

A California state senator has introduced a bill that would require state water regulators to certify new methods for testing drinking water, groundwater and surface water for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals, expanding state actions to address heightened fears about the potential health impacts of the substances.

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OIG expands inquiry into EPA civil rights compliance

The Office of Inspector General had previously been investigating EPA’s oversight of groups that received Clean Air Act funding, but it will now look into groups that receive any agency funds.

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Novel CWA Nutrient Permit Could Revive Fight Over Discharge Limits

A novel EPA-issued Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for New Hampshire’s Great Bay could revive a legal battle over how to set discharge limits on permits, with municipal governments accusing the agency of ignoring science and cost concerns in setting new limits on the total nitrogen that can enter the bay.

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After two-month delay, EPA publishes ash permitting proposal

The agency’s two-month delay in publishing the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act permit proposal also means a planned public hearing on the rule is delayed until April.

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Dourson Suggests Public-Private Bid To Resolve Split On PFOA Risk Value

Michael Dourson, a former nominee to lead the Trump EPA’s toxics office, is suggesting a key public-private sector group launch an effort to resolve international differences on health risks from one of the most studied perfluorinated chemicals, an effort that could produce a weaker risk level to undermine some states’ stricter values.

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Despite Narrowed Scope, WOTUS Rule May Expand Some CWA Coverage

The Trump administration’s new rule revising the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) is generally seen as narrowing the scope of the law, especially for wetlands, but some of the changes might expand coverage over intermittent waters compared to the Obama-era rule, legal experts say.

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Environmentalists Plan ESA Suit Over 2020 Clean Water Act WOTUS Rule

The Center for Biological Diversity and Waterkeeper Alliance are threatening to sue EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers over the recently finalized “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule, alleging they failed to engage in mandatory consultation with other federal agencies under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) before finalizing the rule.

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EFAB eyes new charges on water, ‘opportunity zone’ funding

EPA’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) has accepted a charge from the Office of Policy on ways to increase private investment in opportunity zones and is considering possible charges on other topics.

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