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To Comply With New Law, EPA Eyes Early 2020 For Vessel Discharge Plan

EPA plans to propose in early 2020 national performance standards for commercial vessel discharges, in order to meet a Dec. 4, 2020, statutory deadline to finalize the standards, the first part of a two-step process of creating -- with the U.S. Coast Guard -- a unified framework for regulating ballast water and other types of incidental discharges.

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Despite Settlement Talks, County Presses Supreme Court Groundwater Suit

The county of Maui, HI, is urging the Supreme Court to block Clean Water Act (CWA) liability and permit mandates for pollution that travels through groundwater to surface waters, even as elected officials there are debating whether to settle the case in order to avoid a ruling that would limit EPA and state regulators’ CWA authority nationwide.

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Duke challenges North Carolina’s coal ash excavation order

Duke Energy is asking an administrative review office to block the state’s mandate for it to remove previously-disposed coal ash from six former power plants.

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Republicans See Possibility Of Compromise On Bill Restricting Asbestos

Top House Republicans say they could agree to a compromise with Democrats on a bill to limit asbestos risks, though they say any deal will have to address concerns that a bill does not unduly limit production of chlorine used to treat drinking water and does not impose infeasible testing and other requirements on EPA.

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Carper Blasts OIRA For Stonewalling EPA IG’s Glider Rule Oversight

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) is stepping up his criticism of the White House regulatory review office over its allegedly unprecedented step of refusing to cooperate with oversight requests from EPA’s Inspector General (IG), which is investigating the office’s role in agency efforts to roll back greenhouse gas limits on so-called glider trucks.

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Oregon rejects CWA 401 certification for proposed LNG facility

The state accelerated its decision due to uncertainty over its deadline and before EPA limits states' authority in response to a recent White House executive order.

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Weeks After Trump EO, States Decry Lack Of EPA Talks On Section 401

Officials from a variety of states are continuing to raise concerns over what they say is EPA's failure to consult with them as officials weigh President Donald Trump's recent order requiring EPA to limit states' Clean Water Act (CWA) roles reviewing federal decisions, despite the agency's pledge to “immediately engage with our state and tribal partners.”

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EPA, New York resist reviving suit on recreational water standards

Federal and state regulators are urging a federal judge to reject environmentalists' attempt to revive litigation over the state's recreational water quality standards.

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New findings show jump in sites with PFAS contamination

EWG's latest analysis of public data finds 610 sites contaminated with perfluorinated compounds, an increase from 172 sites identified last year.

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District judge refuses to reconsider denial of CWA rule injunction

A federal district judge in Ohio held that there will be no “irreparable” harm from leaving the Obama-era jurisdiction rule in place during litigation over its legality.

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