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Indiana Site Drives Citizen Calls For IG Probe Into RCRA Cleanup Program

Citizen groups are urging EPA's Inspector General (IG) to investigate alleged weaknesses in the agency's Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) corrective action program, particularly gaps in its handling of vapor intrusion risks, arguing that their own review of failures at an Indiana waste site highlight a pattern of ineffective management.

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EPA Urges High Court Review Of CWA Groundwater Liability, Eyes 'Action'

EPA is urging the Supreme Court to hear cases that could resolve a split among appellate courts over whether the Clean Water Act (CWA) limits groundwater-borne pollution, while pledging that the agency will “take further action” on the subject within “several weeks” -- although the ongoing shutdown could complicate that plan.

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New Jersey seeks to dismiss Newark lead suit

The state's environment chief will soon ask a federal district court to dismiss a rare Safe Drinking Water Act citizen suit, arguing the law does not allow claims against state officials.

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RCRA suit over manure spreading could revive waiver battle

An Iowa property owner is reviving a dormant fight over whether the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act limits excessive land application of manure as fertilizer.

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Industry, EPA Fight Over CWA Could Raise Bar On Policy Reversal Lawsuits

Industry groups challenging the Obama administration’s Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule are clashing with EPA over novel procedural arguments that, depending on how federal courts respond, could set a high bar not only for lawsuits over the reach of the water law but a host of future policy reversals.

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States Take Steps To Adopt Stricter PFAS Levels Than EPA Advisories

Expert panels in Michigan and New York -- two states that are grappling with contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) -- say that EPA's health advisory levels for the contaminants in drinking water are not adequately protective, opening the door for regulators to adopt stricter standards than EPA's.

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Senate Expected To Vote On EPA's 'Integrated Planning' Water Policy

The Senate is expected to approve legislation, long sought by municipalities, to codify EPA's “integrated planning” policy that allows local authorities to address their Clean Water Act (CWA) wastewater and stormwater requirements on a pollution priority basis -- rather than all at once.

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CLF, ExxonMobil decline to sue EPA in climate adaptation suit

The environmental group and oil giant are telling a federal judge it would be “futile” to sue EPA to force action on a disputed wastewater permit.

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Environmentalists threaten new suit to force Lake Erie TMDL

ELPC says that given Ohio's failure to act, it will sue EPA again to force the agency to craft a cleanup plan for the western portion of the lake.

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EPA proposes changes to construction stormwater permit

The proposed modifications are intended to clarify the intent of several requirements following discussions with industry and environmentalists who had sued the agency over the general permit.

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