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States, DOJ Spar Over Potential Nationwide Stay Of Trump WOTUS Policy

A group of Democratic-led states is urging a federal district court to apply nationwide a potential stay of the Trump administration’s waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), but the Justice Department (DOJ) and a group of Republican-led states argue any remedy should be narrowly tailored in scope.

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States Urge EPA To Address PFAS In Industrial Stormwater General Permit

Several states are asking EPA to add requirements to its proposed industrial stormwater general permit to limit pollution from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) through pollution prevention actions and monitoring requirements, with Colorado warning it may deny certification of the permit without the changes.

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Several States, Industries Spar Over EPA’s PFAS Drinking Water Review

Several states and environmental groups are backing EPA’s preliminary work towards developing drinking water standards for two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and urging an expanded effort to other chemicals in the class, sparring with industries that object to broadening the effort and even dispute the initial evaluation.

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Carper Seeks Timeline for PFAS Designation, Cites Apparent OMB Delay

Senate environment panel ranking member Tom Carper (D-DE) is pressing EPA to confirm whether the White House has stalled for months an agency plan to designate two key per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law, seeking a definitive timeline for issuing the finding.

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States urge EPA to consider broad PFAS impacts in MCL

State drinking water regulators say EPA should consider the number of states -- rather than the number of drinking water utilities -- affected by perfluorinated chemicals when setting a maximum contaminant level.

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Judge Weighs Nationwide Injunction As States Spar Over WOTUS Rule

A federal district court judge in California is seeking additional briefing on whether he could issue a nationwide injunction halting the Trump administration’s waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, even while cautioning he has not decided, even tentatively, that Democratic state attorneys general (AGs) are entitled to an injunction.

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Senate panel backs funding increases for DOD’s PFAS work

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved small funding boosts to further address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in next year’s Defense Department authorization bill.

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Environment Panel Senators Press Wheeler On High-Profile Water Issues

Members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) are pressing EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to explain how the agency is addressing a number of high-profile Clean Water Act (CWA) and Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) issues, including groundwater, state water quality reviews, perchlorate and perfluorinated chemicals.

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Water Utility Group Objects To ‘De Minimis’ Waiver For PFAS TRI Reporting

A national water utility organization is calling on EPA’s toxics office to eliminate a “de minimis” exemption the agency created for releases of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in a rule listing 172 PFAS that must now be reported to the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), arguing the exemption could result in polluted drinking water sources.

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Sen. Shaheen floats bill to mandate PFAS blood testing, DOD task force

“The well-being of our service members is paramount . . . every effort should be made to track and safeguard their health” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) on introducing her bill.

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