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Lawmakers Scale Back PFAS Provisions As Defense Bill Deadline Nears

Amid partisan finger-pointing, lawmakers negotiating the fiscal year 2020 defense bill have significantly scaled back provisions governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), dropping a series of measures under a host of environmental laws that would have set firm deadlines and pathways for when and how EPA takes action.

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PFAS study may be delayed due to OMB, ATSDR dispute

Such delays means that prospective participants may have less PFAS in their blood than they did when exposures were first discovered, given communities have curbed drinking water exposures in recent years.

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As PFAS ‘Chaos’ Deepens, States Make Case To Overhaul Drinking Water Law

As states move to craft their own standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the absence of EPA limits under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), state regulators are underscoring that the law is not working and are calling for an agency advisory panel to recommend changes, though agency officials say they are generally barred from asking Congress for legislative fixes.

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EPA Floats Draft PFAS Drinking Water Decision But Deadline Slips

EPA has floated to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its proposed threshold decision on whether to craft drinking water cleanup standards for two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and three other substances but a top official says given the length of such reviews, EPA’s deadline for releasing the draft decision will likely slip into 2020.

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Pennsylvania residents object to Navy bid to stay PFAS case

Staying the case for six months, as the Navy wants, will allow the military to further avoid accountability for its pollution of drinking water, the residents say.

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CBO Expects PFAS Drinking Water Limit To Cost Billions To Implement

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is estimating that an expected EPA drinking water standard for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is expected to cost drinking water systems more than “several billion dollars” to comply with any testing and treatment requirements over the first five years, according to a recently released analysis.

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State court blocks New Hampshire’s landmark PFAS standards

The judge has stayed his ruling until the end of the year to allow the state to appeal, a decision that will still allow officials to complete its sampling of all water systems.

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Despite Tallying GHGs, Report Finds Agencies Don’t Find ‘Significant’ Levels

A new survey of how federal agencies address greenhouse gases in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews finds that they typically quantify direct and indirect emissions when considering fossil fuel projects, but that even if potential emissions are quite large the agencies dismiss the findings as not “significant.”

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EPA Seeks Comments On Universe of PFAS Subject To TRI Reporting

EPA has floated a proposal seeking comment on which per- and polyfluoroakyl substances (PFAS) should be reported to the agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), one of several regulatory items on the agency’s PFAS action plan, though it is unclear which, if any, of the estimated 4,500 PFAS chemicals will eventually be added.

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EPA Draws House Panel Scrutiny Amid Fears Over PFAS Policy Delays

House Democrats are pressing EPA on its schedule for issuing rules to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), raising concerns that the administration’s deregulatory approach will stymie prior pledges to determine whether to craft Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) rules for some of the chemicals by the end of the year.

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