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Environmentalists Praise EPA Decision To Freeze Trump PFAS Proposal

Environmentalists are hailing EPA’s decision to freeze and review an 11th-hour proposal by the Trump EPA that dropped a prior commitment to designate two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law and instead said the agency would weigh whether they should receive such a designation.

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EPA seeks stay of suit over lack of perchlorate water standard

The Biden EPA says it needs time to review the Trump administration’s decision to forgo setting a drinking water standard for the rocket fuel ingredient, and could take action to obviate judicial review.

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Water Alliance’s COVID-19 Policy Goals Might Get Support From EPA’s Fox

The US Water Alliance is outlining more than 20 federal policy actions to help the water sector and the U.S. economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, some that have been endorsed by key senators and others tied to principles that acting EPA water chief Radhika Fox endorsed when she led the alliance and might support at the agency.

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Top House Democrats Urge WOTUS Repeal, DOJ Requests Lawsuit Delays

Two House Democratic panel chairs are urging President Joe Biden to “to immediately repeal” the Trump administration’s rule narrowly defining waters of the United States (WOTUS), while the administration is seeking months-long delays in a host of suits filed over the policy to give it time to review its position on the rule.

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Bipartisan Group Pushes Biden For Quick PFAS Rules But Also Readies Bill

A bipartisan group of 132 House lawmakers is urging President Joe Biden to take immediate steps to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) while also readying legislation on a range of additional items, part of a three-part strategy to tackle PFAS through legislation, policy-making and public education.

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GOP senators urge preservation of Trump WOTUS rule

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and 25 other Republican senators are backing a resolution saying the Trump administration’s definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS) should not be withdrawn or vacated.

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Citizen Coalition Urges Biden To Tap PFAS ‘Czar’ To Oversee Federal Actions

A coalition of local citizen and environmental groups is urging the Biden administration to embrace aggressive measures to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), stressing the need for a White House PFAS “czar” to oversee policy and ensure accountability from the Defense Department (DOD) in addressing the chemicals.

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EPA Selects Navy’s Top Environmental Engineer To Lead Superfund Office

EPA has selected Larry Douchand, a long-time Navy environmental expert and nuclear engineer, to lead the agency’s Superfund office that oversees cleanup of the nation’s most contaminated hazardous waste sites.

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New Jersey court rejects industry groups’ bid to stay state PFAS rules

A New Jersey state court has rejected businesses’ call to stay landmark New Jersey water rules for the two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) pending resolution of litigation over the regulations.

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Reversing Stance, Wheeler Settles Nuclear Waste Cleanup Fight With DOE

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has settled a long-running fight between Region 4 and the Energy Department (DOE) over applying water standards to radionuclides at a Superfund cleanup, setting a precedent by reversing the region’s push to impose technology-based effluent limits but backing its push to apply water-quality based standards.

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