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Previewing Comments, EPA Water Trading Policy Draws Mixed Reaction

Previewing written comments due Nov. 18, urban stormwater and agriculture officials are praising EPA efforts to encourage market-based approaches for addressing water quality through modifications of the agency’s water quality trading policy while environmentalists are raising concerns about its lack of enforceability.

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EPA Issuance Of CWA Jurisdiction Policy Repeal Will Add To Legal Battles

EPA is poised to publish its final repeal of the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction policy in the Oct. 22 Federal Register, a move that environmentalists and several states are already vowing to challenge in court and that will add to legal battles including suits over the 2015 policy, CWA groundwater regulations, and more.

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EPA’s Plan To Reverse Washington WQS Prompts Major Legal Objections

EPA’s plan to revoke Obama-era water quality standards (WQS) for Washington state is prompting major legal objections from almost two dozen Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest who say the agency lacks authority for the change and that the reversal violates a Clean Water Act (CWA) mandate to protect downstream uses of water.

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Former EPA Officials Fault Enforcement, Timeline Flaws In LCR Water Rule

Former EPA water officials are criticizing the Trump administration’s description of its proposed lead and copper rule (LCR) revisions as decreasing exposure to lead in drinking water, saying that while many of the concepts in the proposal are good there is no way to enforce them and rejecting claims the rule will speed replacement of lead pipes.

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Wheeler announces new SAB members

The three new members who are employed by a federal laboratory, a state environmental agency and an environmental group mark a shift from the Trump administration’s earlier focus on industry representation.

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DOD IG opens probe into military’s PFAS use

The Pentagon’s Inspector General (IG) is launching a limited “evaluation” into the Defense Department’s (DOD) use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at military sites.

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Coming Months Pose Test Of Trump EPA’s Criminal Enforcement Agenda

The next several months will reveal how much the Trump administration is prioritizing criminal environmental enforcement as the first cases started under this administration come to fruition, and will also see electronic compliance reporting continuing to increase, says a top EPA criminal enforcement official from the Obama administration.

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Researchers Debate Basing PFAS Replacement On Chemicals’ ‘Essentiality’

Researchers and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) experts at a recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) workshop debated the concept of phasing out or replacing uses of PFAS based on how essential their use is, sparked by a publication that proposes the concept of separating PFAS into three categories of “essentiality.”

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EPA, States, Utilities Grappling With Next Steps For CSO Communities

EPA, states and wastewater utilities are grappling with how regulators should respond to the emerging issue of communities with combined sewer overflows (CSOs) that have completed all the steps outlined in a Clean Water Act (CWA) plan to reduce CSOs yet still are unable to meet water quality standards.

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Proposed EPA lead and copper rule draws mixed reaction

Republicans and some in the water sector are praising the rule as an important step forward, while Democrats and environmentalists say it will do little to reduce lead exposures and may even increase them.

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