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Tennessee Urges Wheeler To Reject DOE Attempt To Skirt Cleanup Levels

Tennessee’s top environment official is urging EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to force the Energy Department (DOE) to meet Superfund cleanup standards at a department facility in the state, blasting DOE’s attempt to reframe the issues in dispute in order to skirt stricter cleanup standards in favor of weaker Atomic Energy Act (AEA) levels.

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House Approves PFAS Superfund Amendment Over GOP, Industry Objection

The House by voice vote July 12 approved an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would require EPA to declare within one year that perfluorinated chemicals are hazardous substances under the Superfund law, despite objections from GOP lawmakers and a number of industry groups, who fear significant new cleanup liability.

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Senate Confirms EPA Waste Chief Wright In Party-Line Vote

The Senate July 11 voted along party lines to confirm Peter Wright to lead EPA’s waste office, overcoming Democrats’ efforts to block, or at least delay, the vote as they cited new ethical questions, his long-time chemical industry background and EPA’s failure, to date, to fulfill promises to regulate two perfluorinated chemicals.

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Rules Committee Allows House Debate On Suite Of PFAS Amendments

The House Rules Committee is allowing lawmakers to debate a series of amendments governing perfluorinated chemicals when lawmakers take up the annual defense authorization bill in the coming days, including a key amendment requiring EPA to quickly designate the chemicals as hazardous substances under the Superfund law.

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DOE Urges Wheeler To Limit Superfund’s Reach At Nuclear Waste Site

A top Energy Department (DOE) official is reiterating potentially precedent-setting arguments that DOE’s Atomic Energy Act (AEA) authorities should effectively supersede EPA authorities under the Superfund law in the cleanup of the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation, TN.

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Rejecting Industry Calls, ATSDR Backs EPA’s Strict Risk Approach On TCE

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is backing EPA’s 2011 assessment setting strict risk values for the ubiquitous solvent trichloroethylene (TCE), rejecting industry calls to ignore a controversial toxicology study that EPA’s risk program used when it set TCE risk values to protect against fetal heart malformations.

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EPA, Army Corps Seek States’ Input On Wetlands Mitigation Rule Changes

EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are seeking states’ feedback on possible changes to the agencies’ 2008 wetlands mitigation banking rule, ahead of a formal proposal expected by the end of the year as part of the Trump administration’s push to accelerate permitting of energy projects.

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EPA’s First Draft TSCA Evaluation Draws Sharp Criticism From Reviewers

Advisors reviewing EPA’s first draft chemical risk evaluation under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) have raised sharp concerns about several aspects of the draft assessment of pigment violet 29 (PV29), with some urging officials to gather more data because the draft does not support its threshold finding that the chemical doesn’t require risk management.

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Senators ‘Hopeful’ Defense Bill Will Include Superfund PFAS Measure

A bipartisan group of senators say they remain hopeful that legislative language requiring EPA to designate perfluorinated compounds as “hazardous substances” subject to liability under the Superfund law will eventually be included in the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill, which is slated for consideration later this week.

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Senators Cut Broad Deal On New PFAS Rules But Drop Superfund Listing

Top leaders of the Senate environment committee have reached a bipartisan deal requiring EPA to craft a series of new drinking water, toxics and reporting rules governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and are seeking to attach the legislation as an amendment to a pending defense bill that is slated for floor debate as soon as next week.

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