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House energy panel Republicans seek EPA info on COVID surveillance

The lawmakers say employing wastewater surveillance could help communities better understand as early as possible whether asymptomatic cases may be present while also helping save testing supplies.

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Six Former EPA Chiefs Back Calls To ‘Reset’ Agency For Future Priorities

A bipartisan group of six former EPA administrators is endorsing a series of recommendations from former agency staff and political officials to “reset” the agency so that it can tackle looming major environmental issues such as climate change with a forward-looking plan that includes removing politics from its scientific and economic analyses.

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North Carolina probing natural resource damages from PFAS

The state’s attorney general is expanding an investigation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in the state to include natural resource damages.

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Environmentalists Cite SCC Ruling In Push For Stricter Power Plant ELGs

Environmental groups are urging the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to strengthen EPA’s rules on discharges from steam-powered electrical utilities, arguing in part that a recent district court ruling highlights shortcomings in the agency’s social cost of carbon (SCC) used to help develop the power plant water rule.

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Criticisms From Biden, House Democrats Elevate Pebble Mine In 2020 Race

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, and Democratic House committee leaders are reiterating opposition to the Trump administration’s push to approve permits for the Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay in Alaska, possibly elevating the fight over the mine to being a major environmental issue in the 2020 presidential race.

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OIG launches review of EPA’s efforts to curb harmful algal blooms

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) says the evaluation touches on several agency management challenges and will improve EPA’s efficiency in protecting human health and the environment.

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Judge Denies WOTUS Stay In Oregon, 10th Circuit Weighs Colorado Stay

A federal judge in Oregon has denied efforts from ranchers to issue a narrowly tailored stay of the Trump administration’s rule defining waters of the United States (WOTUS) after finding the ranchers lack standing, while Colorado is urging a federal appeals court to uphold a complete stay of the rule in that state.

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Drinking Water Utilities Seek Stricter Bromide Controls In Power Plant ELG

Drinking water utilities are pressing White House and EPA officials to ensure pending Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent limits for power plants contain stringent controls on discharges of bromide, a chemical which can increase the creation of carcinogenic compounds in treated drinking water.

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TCEQ, EPA Region 6 tout pandemic enforcement success

A top environmental regulator in Texas notes that requests are “tapering off” from regulated entities seeking enforcement discretion due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Science, water, air rules top EPA 2020 priorities

Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the agency is focused on finalizing several high-profile rules by the end of the year while developing an agenda for President Donald Trump’s potential second term.

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