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Despite Pressure, Air Force Chief Declines Pledge To Use New PFAS Powers

Despite lawmakers’ pressure, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett earlier this month said the military is examining the use of recently enacted powers allowing the Defense Department (DOD) to take steps to aid agricultural operations harmed by its per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) releases but she stopped short of pledging to use those powers.

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Amidst Utility Concern, EPA Faces Calls For PFAS Biosolids Standard

As rural and other water utilities increasingly worry that farmers will be unable to land-apply biosolids because of concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination, they and their supporters are pressing EPA to craft a safety standard and take other steps under the Clean Water Act (CWA) that will ameliorate their concerns.

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Top Democrat Queries EPA Over Effect Of Dropping TCE Cardiac Risk Study

A key House Democrat is questioning EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler over the regulatory impact of the administration’s decision to drop as the basis for its evaluation of trichloroethylene (TCE) studies showing in utero exposure can cause cardiac birth defects, asking whether this may allow the agency to avoid banning the chemical.

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OIG announces TSCA fees audit

The annual audit will exclude the first set of fees that companies are slated to pay to cover the costs of EPA’s upcoming TSCA assessments.

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FY21 Budget Hearing Tees Up Debate On Trump EPA Environment Record

A hearing on EPA’s fiscal year 2021 budget is providing a venue for House Democrats to slam proposed cuts as a fresh sign the Trump administration places a low priority on the environment, even as Republicans and Administrator Andrew Wheeler cite select EPA actions in Superfund, toxics and other areas in rebuttal.

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EPA Weighs Extension In Face Of Logistical Challenges For TSCA Fees

EPA toxics officials are considering extending the deadline for companies to self-identify to the agency that they manufacture, process or import one of 20 chemicals the agency plans to assess in the coming months as officials grapple with how to divvy up the $1.35 million assessment fee in the face of industry confusion and concern.

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Large Drinking Water Utilities Urge Resiliency Funding In House Climate Bill

Large municipal drinking water utilities are questioning House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders on why they excluded from their draft climate legislation reauthorization for an EPA program intended to help small community water systems prepare for the impacts of climate change and extreme weather when other drinking water programs were included.

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EPA Sees Drop In Cleanup Completions Amid Uncertainty On Slowdowns

New EPA data showing its Superfund site “construction completions” were the lowest in decades, on top of its recent report showing the largest backlog of sites awaiting construction starts, is again raising questions about the adequacy of the program’s funding while highlighting the absence of broader data on why the slowdown is occurring.

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EPA agrees to OIG’s call for new controls on U.S.-Mexico border work

The agency will craft new policies to standardize how it tracks and reports progress on its joint environmental work with Mexico along the countries’ shared border.

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GAO urges EPA, congressional action on climate resilience

A new Government Accountability Office report urges EPA to create a technical assistance network and Congress to require climate resiliency considerations in federally funded water infrastructure projects.

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