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EPA muddies the water

Environmental Protection Agency has issued a notice that it will cease newspaper notices when it disapproves a state’s impaired waters report. The agency had notified the public when a state failed to list unacceptable water on its list. Now, it says, it thinks its own website will reach the public better. Its reasoning is that the Internet is available in libraries.  It doesn’t explain why it shouldn’t do the Internet notice plus the newspaper notice.

Unfortunately, Congress didn’t tell the agency HOW it should provide notice, so the agency says it is using its discretion to decide.


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