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DOD Braces For Increase In PFAS Site Universe, Cleanup Cost Estimates

As Congress weighs legislation requiring that the Defense Department (DOD) and other liable parties address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), Pentagon officials say they expect the number of contaminated sites and associated cleanup costs to increase beyond past estimates, further boosting DOD’s total cleanup liability.

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Conferees Eye House Measure Curbing DOE Bid To Ease Nuclear Cleanups

As lawmakers prepare to resolve differences in their pending defense bills, they will have to consider an amendment attached to the House version of the bill that would limit the Energy Department’s (DOE) effort to reclassify “high-level radioactive waste” (HLW) and ease associated waste disposal options.

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Chemical Companies Back PFAS Policies, Bolstering Legislative Push

DuPont and Chemours, two of the companies significantly involved in per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) issues, are backing a series of legislative amendments requiring EPA to regulate the substances under several environmental laws, bolstering efforts by lawmakers to win passage of the legislation in a pending defense bill.

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White House Objects To Senate’s Bipartisan PFAS Provisions

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is “strongly” objecting to numerous provisions in Senate-passed defense legislation that would require EPA to craft a series of new drinking water, toxics and reporting rules for perfluorinated chemicals and mandate that the Defense Department (DOD) mitigate its past use of the chemicals.

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Navy Seeks To End Landmark PFAS Monitoring Cases On Immunity Grounds

The Navy is urging a federal district court to dismiss claims from Pennsylvania residents seeking the military’s payment for medical monitoring to detect health issues that may develop after exposure to perfluorinated chemicals, after an appellate court, in a precedential decision, last year allowed the claims to proceed.

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Medical device makers press lawmakers to drop PFAS measures

The group says House amendments designating PFAS as “hazardous” would undermine development of life-saving medical devices which have been approved by the FDA.

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EPA poised to repeal Obama-era water rule

EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are poised to formally repeal the Obama administration’s rule defining when waterbodies are subject to Clean Water Act protections.

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DOE Offers EPA 11th-Hour Pitch To Sway Wheeler On Superfund Dispute

Just days before a high-level meeting, the Energy Department’s (DOE) top lawyer has, at the 11th-hour, detailed extensive arguments seeking to sway EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to back the department in a potentially precedent-setting argument that seeks to allow the department to skirt EPA’s strict Superfund cleanup levels.

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Industry Battle Brews Over Calls For Narrow PFAS Liability Waivers

Chemical manufacturers and other industrial waste generators are signaling they plan to fight efforts by water utilities, airport operators and other groups that are seeking narrow, sector-specific waivers from cleanup liability should policymakers list per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law.

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As EWG Details Industry’s PFAS Findings, DuPont Fortifies Cleanup Pledges

Environmentalists have compiled a suite of documents that could bolster a House Democrat’s suggestion that chemical companies continued to produce and sell per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances’ (PFAS) despite knowing the health risks just as one of those companies, DuPont, is strengthening its pledge to remediate any contamination and curb risks.

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