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EPA's McCarthy Talks Agenda, Achievements: Bloomberg BNA

“We are going to win,” McCarthy said of court challenges to the 2015 joint EPA-US Army Corps of Engineers rule, which was stayed in October pending further court reviews. “We are going to win because it's the right thing, to protect one out of every three people in this country who rely on those very rivers and streams for their drinking water supply.” The WOTUS rule sought to clarify which waterways are subject to federal Clean Water Act requirements. Legal wrangling over the rule, along with the EPA's power plant carbon pollution limits, are working their way through lower courts, but the fate of both rules may ultimately rest in the hands of the US Supreme Court. McCarthy said the US faces grave challenges in the years ahead to update its water treatment technologies, which in many cases are at least 70 years old and ill equipped to handle new contaminants emerging in water supplies such as pharmaceuticals. The drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich., where a switch of the local drinking water source in April 2014 exposed about 100,000 residents to high levels of lead in their water, illustrates how big a challenge that is, she said.

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