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  • EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling

    The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 central and Western states. The EPA says the rule, which took effect Friday in more than three dozen states, will safeguard drinking water for millions of Americans. Opponents pledged to continue to fight the ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA Finalizes Rule to Modernize Clean Water Act Reporting

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to modernize Clean Water Act reporting for municipalities, industries, and other facilities. The final rule will require regulated entities and state and federal regulators to use existing, available information technology to electronically report data required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) ...

  • Farm Bureau Ducks NRDC Challenge to Debate Clean Water Rule

    The American Farm Bureau Federation has tried to duck a challenge from the Natural Resources Defense Council to a public debate over the bureau’s willful misrepresentations regarding a new clean water proposal, which is now under assault by House Republicans. But today the NRDC repeated its call for an “open debate” on the issue. In a letter last week to Farm Bureau President ...

  • Here’s What They’re Saying About the Clean Water Act Proposed Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands, benefitting families who rely on safe places to swim and healthy fish to eat, farmers who need reliable sources of water to grow their crops, hunters and fishermen who depend on healthy waters for recreation and work, and ...

  • NRDC: Chamber’s Attack on Clean Water Rule Puts Polluters’ Profits First

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today attacked a new clean water rule with unsubstantiated charges about excessive costs that hold no water. Jon Devine, a senior attorney with the Water Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, made the following statement: “Clean water supports a strong economy. Anglers spend roughly $40 billion a year on fishing, tourist dollars support the ...

  • House Bill Would Trump Supreme Court Clean Water Act Rulings

    WASHINGTON, DC, July 18, 2007 (ENS) - Congressional hearings began Tuesday on what may be the most important Clean Water Act legislation in 30 years. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee scheduled two committee hearings this week on the current state of the Clean Water Act in light of two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions as well as administrative actions that are jeopardizing ...

  • EPA Proposes Rule to Modernize Clean Water Act Reporting

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule that would modernize Clean Water Act (CWA) reporting processes for hundreds of thousands of municipalities, industries, and other facilities by converting to an electronic data reporting system. The proposed e-reporting rule would make facility-specific information, such as inspection and enforcement history, pollutant monitoring ...

  • Court Rules Firms That Clean Hazwaste Can Sue for Costs

    WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that companies can sue to recover costs when they voluntarily clean up hazardous material at Superfund sites. The justices ruled unanimously that the federal Superfund law allows potentially responsible parties to sue the government to recover costs incurred in voluntary cleanups. The Bush administration's lawyers argued ...

  • Safe water advocates applaud revised rule

    A diverse group of drinking water providers and environmental and health organizations applauded yesterday’s announcement of a revised rule to safeguard U.S. drinking water. A pre-publication copy of the final Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) was released Dec. 20 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and will be published in the Federal Register in the next few weeks. Significant ...

  • EPA withdraws water permit fee incentive rule

    EPA is withdrawing a rule intended to provide financial incentives for states to use fees when administering a clean water permit program. The agency issued the rule in September 2008. EPA will continue to encourage states to establish and expand their permit fees for their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) programs. Any funds that would have been used for incentive ...

  • Lawmakers push EPA for more time on water rule

    Industry groups and more than a dozen GOP senators are urging the Obama administration to reconsider plans to regulate many of the nation's streams and wetlands, saying the proposed rule hurts economic activity and oversteps legal bounds. In a letter Thursday, the senators faulted the Environmental Protection Agency for announcing a proposed rule ...


    By Associated Press

  • Lawmakers push EPA for more time on water rule

    Industry groups and more than a dozen GOP senators are urging the Obama administration to reconsider plans to regulate many of the nation's streams and wetlands, saying the proposed rule hurts economic activity and oversteps legal bounds. In a letter Thursday, the senators faulted the Environmental Protection Agency for announcing a ...


    By Associated Press

  • Update on the cooling water intake structures proposed rule

    In response to requests from stakeholders and to encourage additional public comment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the public comment period by 30 days for the cooling water intake structures proposed rule. This change will not affect EPA’s schedule for issuing a final rule by July 27, 2012. This proposed rule, based on Section 316 (b) of the Clean ...

  • Clean-air rules assailed as too much, too little

    Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough. The agency is holding hearings this week in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington on President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, with 2005 levels as the starting point. ...


    By Associated Press

  • Farmers worry over Reach of EPA Water Rules

    Government rules to clarify which streams, tributaries and wetlands should be protected from development and pollution are fueling political anger in the country's heartland. The rules proposed last year by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have become a top issue of concern for many farmers and landowners who say there are already too many government ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA brings out water transfer rule

    The US EPA has announced a rule to clarify that permits are not required for transfers of water from one body of water to another. Such transfers include routing water through tunnels, channels, or natural streams for public water supplies, irrigation, power generation, flood control, or environmental restoration. Assistant administrator for water Benjamin H Grumbles noted: ‘EPA’s Water Transfer ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Administrator McCarthy to Testify in Front of House-Senate Joint Hearing on the Clean Water Rule

    U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy will testify today in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on the proposed Clean Water Rule. Sixty percent of streams and millions of acres of wetlands across the country aren’t clearly protected ...

  • EPA, National Aquarium, business leaders stress importance of Clean Water Rule on environment, economy

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined officials from local boating businesses, brewers and the National Aquarium at the Inner Harbor today to highlight what the Obama Administration’s Clean Water Rule means to Maryland’s rivers, streams and drinking water. “It’s important that we protect the quality of water in our lakes and rivers by ensuring that the streams ...

  • NRDC’s “Exaggerator” Video Takes on Polluters’ Wild Claims about Proposed Clean Water Rule

    The Natural Resources Defense Council launched a video campaign today taking a comic jab at big corporate polluters’ hyperbolic claims about the proposed Clean Water Protection Rule, which is intended to restore protections for waterways that help supply drinking water for more than 100 million Americans. The 2-minute video called “The Exaggerator,” features comedian ...

  • Idaho sugar company failed to prevent industrial stormwater discharges, violated federal clean water rules

    The Amalgamated Sugar Company, of Paul, Idaho, violated the Clean Water Act when it discharged stormwater without authorization under a federal industrial stormwater permit – the Multi Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity – according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “To help protect Idaho’s water quality, ...

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