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EPA Withdraws CWA Permit At Center Of 'Sue-And-Settle' Litigation Fight

EPA is withdrawing a contested Clean Water Act (CWA) power plant permit that environmentalists filed suit over and plans to rewrite the permit ahead of issuing a revised version in March, in a case that included claims that agency contorted its positions on the permit to avoid entering a “sue-and-settle” pact to resolve the litigation.

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EPA's Final Aluminum Criteria Targets State Concerns Over Local Waters

EPA's final aquatic life water quality criteria for aluminum emphasizes the site-specific nature of the agency's approach, expressing both acute and chronic values as a range that will vary as a function of a the water's pH, total hardness and dissolved organic carbon (DOC), which could address state concerns that the draft criteria failed to address local water conditions.

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Wheeler Seeks To Deflect Criticism Over Lead Plan's Lack Of New Rules

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler sought to deflect questions and criticism that the Trump administration's new plan for reducing children's exposures to lead lacks any new commitments to craft enforceable regulations, arguing that the agency's commitments to finalizing rulemaking efforts that are already underway are “new.”

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District judge weighs arguments over 2015 CWA jurisdiction rule

A federal district judge in Georgia could soon hand down the first decision on the merits of the Obama administration's Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule.

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EPA picks Pennsylvania official for Chesapeake Bay office

Dana Aunkst authored Pennsylvania's 2016 “reboot” strategy to help the state get on track to meet its goals under EPA's bay cleanup plan, though the state has continued to struggle to reduce its pollution.

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Echoing MTBE, Panel Merges Scores Of PFAS Claims On Firefighting Foam

A federal panel on multidistrict litigation (MDL) has consolidated scores of personal injury, groundwater contamination and other suits against companies involved in producing firefighting foam that contained perfluorinated compounds, echoing the path courts took when they consolidated cases over groundwater contamination from the gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).

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Democrats Launch Inquiry Into EPA Approval Of 'New' PFAS Under TSCA

Even as EPA grapples with how to manage past and ongoing releases of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), House Democrats are pressing the agency to explain its actions in approving hundreds of “new” PFAS under its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authorities before they enter commerce.

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Judge weighs vacatur of Oregon temperature TMDLs

A federal judge is agreeing with environmentalists that the total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) are severely flawed but is considering a temporary stay of a vacatur to provide regulatory certainty.

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ECOS names Donald Welsh as executive director

The former EPA Region 3 administrator and Pennsylvania environment official will continue states' effort to bolster collaboration with federal regulators.

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Environmentalists Threaten New Suit To Force CWA Spill Prevention Rule

Environmentalists are again threatening to sue EPA over its failure to enact a Clean Water Act (CWA) spill prevention rule that the Obama administration began work on but which was then slated to be scrapped under former Administrator Scott Pruitt, arguing that the agency had a non-discretionary duty to enact such a regulation by 1992.

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