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Lawmakers Scrutinize DOE Over Growing Environmental Liabilities

House lawmakers are pressing the Energy Department (DOE) for answers on its growing environmental liability, estimated at almost $400 billion, particularly as that liability outpaces annual cleanup spending, and are questioning how that liability can be cut when the Trump administration is proposing budget cuts to the cleanup program.

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Bipartisan Group Seeks PFAS Rule As Data Shows Contamination Expanding

As environmentalists prepare to release new data showing growing contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers has introduced legislation setting a two-year deadline for EPA to regulate the substance, though the bill leaves open key issues the agency would have to address.

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EPA Drops Threshold From PFAS Guide, Raising Removal Bar, Critics Say

The White House's decision to drop from EPA's groundwater cleanup guide for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) a default threshold above which regulators could order removals is sparking charges that regulators may not pursue some cleanups because they will be harder to justify though EPA says the limit was dropped to avoid confusion.

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Senators Seek Broad GAO Probe Of DOD's PFAS Liabilities, Policy Stance

The bipartisan leadership of the Senate governmental affairs committee is asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to open a probe into the environmental liabilities facing federal agencies such as the Defense Department (DOD) as they grapple with cleanup of the emerging contaminants per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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EPA Unveils PFAS Groundwater Guide But DOD Compliance Uncertain

EPA has issued long-delayed draft interim guidelines for cleaning up groundwater contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at levels stricter than what the Defense Department (DOD) and the other agencies have sought, though it is not clear whether DOD and the other agencies will comply at levels recommended by EPA.

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CWA Rule Critics Launch Suits To Block Obama Rule In Democratic States

Ranchers and local-government groups are launching new lawsuits aiming to preserve or expand the current bar on EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers implementing their 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule in certain states, pushing back against new Democratic governors who have withdrawn from suits over the rule.

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CWA Rule Critics Launch Suits To Block Obama Policy In Democratic States

Ranchers and local-government groups are launching new lawsuits aiming to preserve or expand the current bar on EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers implementing their 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule in certain states, pushing back against new Democratic governors who have withdrawn from suits over the rule.

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Industries Float Legal Defenses For CWA Rule, Urge EPA To Narrow Scope

Industry groups are offering legal defenses for EPA’s proposal to narrow its Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction standard compared to an Obama-era rule on the law’s reach, but they are also urging the agency to restrict jurisdiction even further than planned by placing new limits on regulating “traditional navigable waters” (TNWs).

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Court Rejects Navy's Bid To Reverse Landmark PFAS Monitoring Ruling

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit has denied the Navy's petition for rehearing of a precedential ruling allowing residents near two military facilities to pursue medical monitoring claims after they were exposed to pefluorinated compounds, saying the military failed to raise its sovereign immunity arguments earlier in the case.

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Resisting EPA, DOD Chief Defends Eased PFAS Groundwater Cleanup Level

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is strongly defending his department's stance that the acceptable risk level for remediating groundwater contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) should be much weaker than the 70 parts-per-trillion (ppt) level that EPA favors, raising doubts that officials will be able to quickly issue a long-promised policy.

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