• Navigable Waters Protection Rule Goes into Effect Today

    On June 19, a federal judge in San Francisco denied a bid by a coalition of 18 Democratic state attorneys generals to put the regulation on hold nationwide, ruling that the plaintiffs didn't show they had a strong enough chance of winning their challenge to the Navigable Waters Protection rule to warrant a preliminary injunction. The rule goes into effect today.

  • Barrasso, Others Introduce Legislation to Amend Section 401 of the Clean Water Act

    On April 9, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, introduced the Water Quality Certification Improvement Act of 2019 (S. 1087). The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Mike Enzi (R-WY), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND). Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) will be introducing a companion bill in the House.

  • Administration Drops Effort to Delay Obama’s Waters of the U.S. Rule

    Efforts to delay implementation of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule were invalidated by lower court. Last year, the Trump administration attempted to delay the rule for two years. But this effort was rejected by several district court judges, who ruled that the administration did not follow proper procedures to suspend the implementation of an existing regulation. The administration appealed, but on March 8 announced it would drop its challenges in federal appeals courts the 4th and 9th Circuits.

  • EPA to Release Plan to Regulate PFOS and PFAS

    On Feb. 14, the EPA announced an action plan to set a nationwide drinking water standard for two chemicals used in nonstick coating and firefighting foam, going against earlier reports that it would instead let states set their own standards. The two chemicals at issue here are PFOA and PFOS, which are two members of a broader family of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

  • EPA Announces New Water Quality Trading Policy Memorandum

    On Feb. 6 at an event in Georgia, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Administrator for Water David Ross highlighted the Trump Administration’s efforts to accelerate investments in infrastructure and technology in an effort to improve America’s water quality. In an announcement, EPA said they are “seeking to modernize the agency’s water quality trading policies to leverage emerging technologies and facilitate broader adoption of market-based programs”.

  • Wheeler Expected to Receive Enough Votes in EPW Committee Despite Growing Bipartisan Concerns on PFAS

    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is preparing for a confirmation vote on Feb. 5 to move forward on elevating  Acting-EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to agency administrator.  Wheeler has served as Acting Administrator since July 2018, when then-Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned. On Jan. 16, the EPW Committee held a confirmation hearing for Wheeler.