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House members bolster push for NDAA PFAS measures

In a May 26 letter, 116 House members urge the House Armed Services Committee to include comprehensive per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) provisions in the annual defense authorization bill.

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Colorado suit adds to legal challenges over WOTUS rule

Colorado has filed its own suit against the Trump administration’s Clean Water Act rule even as a federal judge in California has denied the administration’s bid to slow a similar challenge by 17 other states.

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EPA proposes new models for nutrient criteria in lakes

The draft technical document aims to update 20-year-old guidance documents with science based on actual monitoring data rather than “reference watersheds.”

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IPI finds EPA COVID enforcement policy troubling but not sweeping

The Institute for Policy Integrity finds that EPA’s controversial enforcement “discretion” policy during the coronavirus is potentially troubling but also has important limits.

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Judge Doubts ‘Harm’ To States From Narrower WOTUS Rule Taking Effect

A federal judge is asking California and other states challenging the Trump administration’s waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule to explain by May 22 why they would face “irreparable harm” from letting the policy take effect June 22 before he rules on whether to stay it, saying it is unclear that the states would suffer such harm.

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EPA agrees to bolster scientific integrity policies after IG findings

EPA completed two of the corrective actions the IG recommended and has indicated it will complete the remaining 10 corrective actions by June 2022.

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Wheeler Rejects Democrats’ Attacks On EPA Rollbacks Amid Pandemic

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is defending the agency’s enforcement discretion policy and deregulatory actions against Democrats’ charges that the agency is exploiting the coronavirus crisis to continue environmental rollbacks with particularly damaging consequences during the pandemic.

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IG weighs investigation of Trump EPA’s state enforcement oversight

The possible investigation responds to congressional concerns about the Trump administration’s dispute with California’s environmental policies that led to EPA allegations of Clean Water Act violations.

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EPA Weighs ESA Policy Change For States To Assume Wetlands Permitting

EPA is considering changing its position that Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations are not required before allowing states to assume Clean Water Act (CWA) wetlands permitting after Florida -- one of several states eyeing such permitting authority -- wrote a white paper contending that the consultations are necessary.

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Citing Virus’ Economic Effects, Trump Launches New Deregulatory Push

President Donald Trump is ordering EPA and other agencies to launch a new deregulatory push to help drive an economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic, issuing an executive order that urges agency heads to scale back existing rules, make permanent temporary waivers, and take other steps that may bolster employment and recovery.

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