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EPA’s First Draft TSCA Evaluation Draws Sharp Criticism From Reviewers

Advisors reviewing EPA’s first draft chemical risk evaluation under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) have raised sharp concerns about several aspects of the draft assessment of pigment violet 29 (PV29), with some urging officials to gather more data because the draft does not support its threshold finding that the chemical doesn’t require risk management.

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Senators ‘Hopeful’ Defense Bill Will Include Superfund PFAS Measure

A bipartisan group of senators say they remain hopeful that legislative language requiring EPA to designate perfluorinated compounds as “hazardous substances” subject to liability under the Superfund law will eventually be included in the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill, which is slated for consideration later this week.

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Senators Cut Broad Deal On New PFAS Rules But Drop Superfund Listing

Top leaders of the Senate environment committee have reached a bipartisan deal requiring EPA to craft a series of new drinking water, toxics and reporting rules governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and are seeking to attach the legislation as an amendment to a pending defense bill that is slated for floor debate as soon as next week.

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Oklahoma appeals suit seeking to block CWA jurisdiction rule

Oklahoma and a range of industry groups will ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit to block enforcement of the Obama-era jurisdiction rule in the Sooner State.

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Coalition forms to combat toxic exposures to military personnel

The Toxic Exposures in the American Military (TEAM) coalition -- which is currently comprised of 12 veterans and environmental community groups --announced its formation earlier this month.

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California AG Cites State’s GHG Goals In Opposing BLM Plan For Fracking

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) is citing the state’s aggressive efforts to curb greenhouse gases and climate change as key arguments in his office’s opposition to a draft federal environmental impact statement (EIS) for a plan that would allow new oil and gas leases to be issued in California for the first time since 2013.

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EPA sets deadline for resolving cleanup dispute with DOE

EPA’s deadline for DOE to submit supplemental materials marks a change for the agency, which in April extended indefinitely the deadline for Administrator Andrew Wheeler to resolve the fight.

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As Congress Eyes AFFF Ban For DOD, Industry Concern Grows Over PFAS Liability

As Congress weighs barring the Defense Department (DOD) from procuring aqueous firefighting foam (AFFF) containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) due to contamination concerns, parties at large industrial and mining sites that may also have used the foam are growing increasingly concerned about their potential cleanup liability.

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States Step Up Push To Test For PFAS At Waste Sites, Worrying Industry

Officials in New York and New Jersey, two states with a large number of Superfund and other waste sites, are stepping up their efforts to test for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other emerging contaminants at the sites, raising industry fears over potential liability, lagging analytical abilities and unclear remediation requirements.

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Clash Over New Jersey’s PFAS Levels Previews Responses To EPA

In a potential preview of what EPA and other regulators can expect to see on any plans to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), industry and environmentalists are clashing over New Jersey’s landmark plans to set drinking water and other standards for the contaminants and what science should be used to do so.

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