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EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers' proposed rule to repeal the Obama administration's Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction policy and reinstate George W. Bush-era standards for determining the law's scope are signaling that they will invoke deference to states' authority over waters in a pending rule to create a new jurisdiction standard.

As EPA is taking steps to hone the focus of Administrator Scott Pruitt's Superfund reform effort, Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) is offering an outline of recommendations for improving the program's implementation, including limiting the use of the National Priorities List (NPL), prioritizing the program for funding and revising metrics for determining cleanup success.

Senate appropriators are echoing their House counterparts in objecting to the scale of proposed cuts in the Trump administration's proposed budget cuts for EPA in fiscal year 2018 and sending signals that they are likely to restore funding to popular agency programs.

EPA is said to be considering two former state environment officials for top slots leading its water and general counsel's office: Matthew Z. Leopold, a former Florida official for the general counsel spot, and David Ross, a former Wisconsin official to head the water office, sources say.