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State EPA Considers Rules for Water-Quality Certification

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Draft rules being considered by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency would allow developers’ privately-hired consultants to be trained by the state to monitor and certify water quality. State biologists currently monitor water quality and determine whether applicants should receive water permits for developments at sites including wetlands or streams. The state… Read More

EPA To Limit PFAS Chemical Contaminants Found In Some Ohio Valley Water Systems

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today said it will move forward with a series of actions to regulate toxic fluorinated chemicals, including proposing drinking water limits by the end of this year. In its long-awaited “PFAS Action Plan,” EPA laid out a series of actions to address the widespread contamination of fluorinated PFAS chemicals. Those… Read More

EPA Plan to Manage Toxic ‘Teflon’ Chemicals Delayed by Shutdown

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During a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing Wednesday on his nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler was pressed by members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works about the impact of the government shutdown on the agency. Wheeler noted one casualty of the ongoing partial government shutdown, now in its fourth… Read More

Power Play: Experts Say Killing Clean Power Plan Won’t Revive Coal

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Coal-producing states are preparing for arguments next month in the federal appeals court case known as West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The case has major implications for the country’s policy on climate change. But some experts and industry leaders say the… Read More