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EPA sets Feb. 27-28 for sole hearing on new CWA jurisdiction rule

The public hearing originally set for Jan. 23 will now be held over two days in Kansas City, KS, but there is still no deadline for written comments on the proposal.

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Industry coalition pulls out of appeal in CWA rule delay challenge

Several industry groups are dropping their role in the 4th Circuit appeal of a district court decision that reinstated the Obama-era jurisdiction rule for 22 states.

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Environmentalists Seek To Block DOD's PFAS Disposal Ahead Of EPA Listing

Environmentalists are seeking to block military efforts to dispose of material containing perfluorinated compounds before EPA advances a plan to regulate the compounds under Superfund law, calling for a halt in the incineration of firefighting foam containing the chemicals and successfully objecting to disposal of contaminated soil in a New Jersey landfill.

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EPA appeals decision scrapping CWA jurisdiction rule delay

EPA will ask the 9th Circuit to overturn a district-level decision that held a two-year enforcement delay on the 2015 jurisdiction rule to be unlawful, which helped create a nationwide patchwork for water policy.

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GAO Finds DOE Nuclear Weapons Cleanup Liabilities Jumped $109 Billion

The Energy Department's (DOE) liability for cleaning up the remaining 16 contaminated sites in its nuclear weapons complex jumped $109 billion over the past year, to $377 billion, largely due to updated estimates for addressing high-level radioactive waste at the Hanford reservation in Richland, WA, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a just-released report.

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New Hampshire Declines Call To Set SDWA Technology Standard For PFAS

New Hampshire's top environment official is rejecting a request by environmentalists to set enforceable “treatment technique” standards for drinking water utilities to address the thousands of chemicals in the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) class, claiming it would contradict the state's statutory authority.

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California Water Board Officials Delay Vote On 'Confusing' Wetlands Rules

The California water board is delaying a vote scheduled for next month to approve a controversial new "wetlands" definition and new rules for discharging dredge and fill materials to state "waters" after agreeing with key stakeholder groups that many of the provisions are "confusing" and need additional clarity or even some changes in policy direction.

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EPA's Stalled PFAS Groundwater Levels Stymie State Efforts At DOD Sites

The Trump administration's delay in issuing recommended groundwater cleanup levels for two of the most common per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is hampering state and local efforts to address contamination stemming from military bases as the Defense Department (DOD) resists compliance with state standards.

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Air Force Sues New Mexico, Arguing Overreach In Cannon's RCRA Permit

The Air Force is suing New Mexico’s environmental regulators over its recently renewed 10-year Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) permit for Cannon Air Force Base, a case that appears to mark one of the first formal disputes between a state and the military over efforts to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Bipartisan Group Seeks To Address PFAS But Faces Industry, GOP Hurdles

A group of House lawmakers Jan. 23 announced the formation of a bipartisan task force to push legislative, funding and other measures to pressure EPA and other agencies to clean up growing contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though the group is likely to face pushback from industry and some Republicans.

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