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Water Groups Call For Fast But ‘Robust’ EPA Evaluations Of PFAS Limits

National drinking water and groundwater groups are urging EPA to quickly move ahead with evaluating drinking water standards for two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) but are calling for the agency to use “sound science and robust analyses” to inform the reviews while pushing EPA to use other legal powers to stem PFAS contamination.

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Judges Transfer New Mexico-Air Force PFAS Fight To Consolidated Case

In a loss for New Mexico, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (MDL) is transferring the state’s federal district court suit against the Air Force over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination to a consolidated case in which the state fears its claims and preliminary injunction motion may get waylaid.

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Trump Suspends Environmental Rules For Infrastructure, Citing Pandemic

Stepping up his deregulatory push amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump has directed EPA and other agencies to exempt infrastructure projects from legally required reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act (CWA) and other laws so they can be fast-tracked and help spur the economy.

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EPA sends final perchlorate rule to OMB for review

The agency has already signaled that the final rule will conclude that EPA will not regulate the presences of the rocket fuel ingredient in drinking water.

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States file ‘protective’ challenge to EPA’s COVID enforcement policy

States are anticipating that EPA will seek to dismiss their district court suit and argue that it belongs in the D.C. Circuit.

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Colorado suit adds to legal challenges over WOTUS rule

Colorado has filed its own suit against the Trump administration’s Clean Water Act rule even as a federal judge in California has denied the administration’s bid to slow a similar challenge by 17 other states.

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Senate Democrats Press Wheeler For PFAS Cleanup Plans At 180 Sites

Senate Democrats are pressing EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to provide details on cleanup plans and contamination levels at the 180 Superfund sites the agency says are contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), as well as pushing for clarity on the agency’s cleanup authorities for these chemicals.

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DOD fights suit seeking to block PFAS incineration

DOD says the suit must be transferred to a judicial district where incineration is occurring and some claims must be dropped because the defense law at issue does not apply retroactively to existing contracts.

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EPA agrees to bolster scientific integrity policies after IG findings

EPA completed two of the corrective actions the IG recommended and has indicated it will complete the remaining 10 corrective actions by June 2022.

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Citing Virus’ Economic Effects, Trump Launches New Deregulatory Push

President Donald Trump is ordering EPA and other agencies to launch a new deregulatory push to help drive an economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic, issuing an executive order that urges agency heads to scale back existing rules, make permanent temporary waivers, and take other steps that may bolster employment and recovery.

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