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Florida agriculture official urges Biden EPA to reverse CWA 404 decision

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is asking President-elect Joe Biden’s designee for EPA administrator to reconsider allowing the state to assume Clean Water Act (CWA) dredge-and-fill permitting.

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EPA weighs changes to national water quality assessments

EPA is seeking feedback on how it can improve its national assessments of water quality in different types of waterbodies, acknowledging its current methods may not reflect the best currently available science.

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EPA water chief David Ross departing

The head of the agency’s Office of Water is stepping down Jan. 7 after three years overseeing the Trump administration’s Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act policy.

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Environmentalists Eye Biden To Accelerate Cleanup Of Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is looking to President-elect Joe Biden to help Pennsylvania and New York speed up and improve their efforts to reduce nutrient pollution impairing the bay while keeping other states in the watershed on track to meet their commitments by 2025 to improve water quality and habitat.

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New Jersey DEP Chief McCabe Faults EPA For Lack Of PFAS Class Policy

Retiring New Jersey environment chief Catherine McCabe is faulting what she calls a lack of EPA leadership as one of two major obstacles that explain why the state cannot yet regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a class, adding that the other hurdle is differences among the chemicals that make a single rule difficult.

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EPA poised to propose new PFAS drinking water monitoring

The final rule requiring drinking water utilities to monitor for currently unregulated contaminants is expected to require sampling for 29 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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CBD Threatens To Sue EPA Over 2016 Cadmium Water Quality Criteria

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) is threatening to sue EPA over the agency’s failure to conduct programmatic endangered species consultations before issuing revised water quality criteria for the heavy metal cadmium in 2016, saying the decision is harming endangered species nationwide.

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States, Wetlands Bankers Ask OMB To Reject Army Corps’ NWP Revisions

State wetlands officials and ecological mitigation bankers are urging the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to reject an Army Corps of Engineers final rule that would overhaul federal dredge-and-fill general permits, including a controversial plan to eliminate a 300-linear-foot limit for losses of stream beds.

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Opponents Of Keystone NWP 12 Urge 9th Circuit To Uphold Permit Vacatur

Environmentalists and 12 states are urging a federal appeals court to uphold a district court’s ruling that vacated use of a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, backing the ruling’s finding that the Army Corps of Engineers failed to follow Endangered Species Act (ESA) requirements when issuing the permit.

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EPA Nears Final Decision On Whether To Issue PFAS Drinking Water Limit

EPA is nearing a final decision on whether to pursue a first-time drinking water standard for two of the most well studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), sending its regulatory determination for White House interagency review less than three weeks before a Jan. 4 statutory deadline for finalizing the action.

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