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Former Officials Criticize Limited GHG Review In Draft CEQ NEPA Guide

Current and former government officials are strongly criticizing a draft guidance crafted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) that instruct agencies to limit the scope of how they consider greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts when conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews.

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Democratic AGs Urge Congress To Act On PFAS But Omit Key Proposals

Nearly two dozen Democratic attorneys general (AGs) are urging Congress to approve a series of plans to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in pending House and Senate defense bills, but the officials omitted calls for lawmakers to approve several contested measures, including plans to require EPA to craft water rules, highlighting the difficulty they face as they seek to resolve their differences.

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Democratic AGs Vow To Ignore ‘Unlawful’ EPA CWA Section 401 Guidance

Democratic attorneys general (AGs) from 14 states are urging EPA to withdraw a controversial guidance on how states can place water quality conditions on federally approved permits, arguing the guidance is contrary to the Clean Water Act (CWA) and case law and vowing to adhere instead to existing, binding requirements.

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Following Criticism, New Pentagon Chief Seeks To Reset PFAS Response

Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s creation of a high-level task force to take a “proactive stance” on per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) contamination signals the Pentagon’s new chief is seeking to take control of an issue for which DOD has drawn strong criticisms for months and prompted Congress to advance legislation to address it.

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States, Industry Ask Judge To Reconsider CWA Rule Remand Decision

Seeking to avoid a regulatory patchwork, three southern states and more than a dozen national industry groups are asking a federal district court judge to reconsider his May ruling that remanded to EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule.

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Democrat Hints At Industry’s Criminal Liability On PFAS But Seeks Cleanup

Rep. Harley Rouda (D-CA), chairman of the House oversight environment panel, is suggesting that manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) may be criminally liable for intentionally hiding toxicity findings of their chemicals while continuing to produce products with them and discharge the substances.

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EPA Urged To Block DOD’s Thermal Disposal Of Explosives Containing PFAS

Local citizen groups are petitioning EPA Region 4 to block the U.S. military from using thermal methods for disposing of explosives and other materials containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at a Tennessee Army ammunition plant, putting new pressure on the military as it seeks to dispose of items containing the chemicals.

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New York, Connecticut signal push to address PFAS

The Empire State is poised to propose strictest-in-the nation standards for the two most common PFAS while the Constitution State is creating a workgroup to study PFAS issues.

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DOJ Cites High Court Auer Ruling In Defending Vapor Intrusion Site Listing

Just weeks after the Supreme Court narrowly backed the doctrine that mandates judicial deference to EPA and other agencies, the Justice Department (DOJ) is citing the decision in an effort to bolster its defense against a lawsuit by industry groups attempting to strike down one of EPA’s first Superfund listings based solely on vapor intrusion.

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Final CWA jurisdiction rule repeal lands at OMB

The repeal seeks to end the patchwork of policies courts have created in their rulings on the Obama-era rule but the new measure faces a slate of challenges that could revive a patchwork.

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