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EPA punts on stronger Chesapeake Bay approach

“As long as Pennsylvania is over $300 million per year short in its plan, we’re not going to save the bay,” Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William Baker said in response.

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EPA Floats Options To Ease Credit Generation For Water Quality Trading

EPA is asking for comment on several policy options to boost the use of water quality trading by making it easier for non-point sources of pollution to generate credits for sale, the latest action in the agency’s push to use non-regulatory approaches to meet environmental goals and an effort to expand updated trading policy released earlier this year.

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IG auditing EPA’s CWA permit reviews after Minnesota inquiry

The Office of Inspector General says its review of a controversial Minnesota mine permit has spurred a nationwide audit of how EPA verifies that state-crafted permits comply with the Clean Water Act.

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California Bill Locking In Obama Rules Clears Key Panel But Faces Floor Test

California legislation that would lock into state law Obama-era environmental, endangered species and worker safety rules has cleared a critical Assembly fiscal committee but still faces a fight on the floor of the chamber from powerful agriculture, oil and water supply industry lobbyists who oppose it.

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EPA Floats Options To Curb CWA 404 ‘Veto’ But Stops Short Of Pruitt Calls

EPA is seeking comment from state and local governments on possible changes to its rules that in some cases could limit how and when the agency objects to Clean Water Act (CWA) section 404 dredge-and-fill permits issued by the Army Corps of Engineers, though the options stop short of calls from former Administrator Scott Pruitt who sought to eliminate the authority.

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Hogan presses EPA, Pennsylvania on Chesapeake Bay

Some observers are questioning whether top EPA and state officials can reach an agreement on the Chesapeake Bay cleanup when they meet this week.

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House coalition pushes for PFAS measures

The bipartisan group is calling on House and Senate defense bill conferees to back a host of measures to advance numerous, and sometimes controversial, policies dealing with perfluorinated chemicals.

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EPA poised to repeal Obama-era water rule

EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are poised to formally repeal the Obama administration’s rule defining when waterbodies are subject to Clean Water Act protections.

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DOE Offers EPA 11th-Hour Pitch To Sway Wheeler On Superfund Dispute

Just days before a high-level meeting, the Energy Department’s (DOE) top lawyer has, at the 11th-hour, detailed extensive arguments seeking to sway EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to back the department in a potentially precedent-setting argument that seeks to allow the department to skirt EPA’s strict Superfund cleanup levels.

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POTWs’ Legal Uncertainty Drives Fear Over PFAS Superfund Designation

As Congress weighs defense authorization legislation that would designate perfluorinated chemicals as hazardous substances under the Superfund law, wastewater utilities are opposing the language, fearing it would impose significant liability due to the presence of the chemicals in the biosolids they generate

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