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9th Circuit weighs coal industry bid to speed CWA 401 challenge

Industry’s constitutional claims in the case over a Washington state Clean Water Act decision are similar to arguments Montana and Wyoming make in a case the Supreme Court is considering hearing.

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New Jersey Eyes 1,4-Dioxane Drinking Water Limit After New York Action

New Jersey drinking water advisors are proposing the state establish the nation’s strictest drinking water limit for the emerging contaminant 1,4-dioxane, following in the footsteps of New York’s first-in-the-nation standard and after EPA pushed off a decision to regulate the ubiquitous chemical until further data comes in.

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Bipartisan Senate group seeks modest PFAS measures in defense bill

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spearheaded the bipartisan effort, with included three Republicans -- Sens. Todd Young (IN), Shelley Moore Capito (WV) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) -- among the 21 signatories.

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EPA Proposes Vessel Discharge Standards Similar To Permit Mandates

To comply with Clean Water Act (CWA) statutory changes, EPA is proposing technology-based performance standards to limit the environmental impacts of ships’ discharges that are in many cases very similar to existing CWA permit requirements, while outlining a process for states to seek stricter standards in some circumstances.

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Pressure Builds To Uphold House PFAS Measures In Final Defense Bill

Pressure is building on House and Senate conferees to the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to uphold more than a dozen measures addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), even as lawmakers punt formal conference committee negotiations until after the Nov. 3 election.

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Supreme Court Seeks Solicitor General’s Views On CWA Section 401 Case

The Supreme Court is asking the federal government to weigh in on whether the justices should take up a request from Montana and Wyoming to hear their legal challenge to Washington state’s denial of a key Clean Water Act (CWA) approval for a coal export terminal, indicating the high court’s interest in the case.

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Judge Vacates Trump EPA’s Salt Ponds CWA Jurisdictional Determination

A federal judge has vacated a Trump EPA decision excluding California salt ponds from Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction after finding the agency misapplied relevant appellate court decisions, and is ordering EPA to reconsider the question anew in light of both Supreme Court and appellate precedent and any applicable interpretative regulations.

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Senate Democrats query EPA on plans for withholding funding to cities

A group of seven Senate Democrats are seeking answers from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on suggestions that the agency might withhold environmental funding for several Democratic-run cities.

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EPA wastewater research shows promise for coronavirus tracking

EPA scientists say initial research indicates that sampling residential wastewater for the virus that causes COVID-19 has the potential to be an early warning sign of infection in communities.

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EPA launches push to increase water sector workforce

The agency is seeking to encourage the choice of careers in the sector because roughly one-third of the current workforce is reaching retirement age.

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