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Bipartisan House PFAS Bill Adds To Pressure On EPA For Regulations

A bipartisan pair of House lawmakers has reintroduced comprehensive, bipartisan legislation that would mandate EPA to develop waste and water regulations for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), eyeing potentially improved prospects for the bill under the Biden administration and Democratic-controlled Congress.

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EPA, Navy Seek Dismissal Of Suit Contesting Superfund Cleanup Work

EPA and the Navy are asking a federal district court to drop a lawsuit filed by cleanup contractor Tetra Tech at a Superfund site in California, saying the litigation over redoing cleanup investigative work following Tetra Tech’s falsification of sampling data is barred from judicial review as it is effectively challenging a cleanup removal action.

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Timeline For EPA Wastewater PFAS Testing Method Remains Uncertain

EPA’s timeline for finalizing a validated test method for measuring per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in wastewater remains vague, casting doubt on how quickly the Biden administration can advance plans to develop technology-based effluent limits or water quality-based permit limits for one or more industrial sectors.

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Whitmer Escalates Fight With DOD Over Michigan PFAS Cleanup Limits

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) is escalating a fight with the Defense Department (DOD) over cleanup of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), invoking a provision in the 2020 defense authorization law to amend an existing Michigan-DOD agreement in a bid to force the military to meet the state’s strict PFAS water standards.

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Democrats Float Bill To Allow Private Suits Against PFAS Manufacturers

Newly announced legislation from House and Senate Democrats would allow individuals who have been exposed to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to sue companies linked to those exposures, expanding liability for firms that make or use the chemicals while also setting up a new medical monitoring program for victims.

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States’ PFAS Monitoring, Discharge Rules Spur Regulated Entities’ Fears

States are beginning to require industrial facilities to monitor for and in some cases limit the discharge of some per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in stormwater and wastewater, prompting concern from regulated entities that states are moving ahead with differing policies even as EPA lacks any analytical methods for PFAS in wastewater.

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EPA decision will determine DOD’s PFAS disposal costs

The Defense Department (DOD) says its final per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) cleanup costs will depend on an EPA decision about which disposal methods are acceptable.

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EPA Seeks Data On PFAS Industrial Sites To Support CWA Effluent Rule

EPA is seeking new data on facilities that manufacture or formulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a first step toward a future Clean Water Act (CWA) rule governing PFAS in facilities’ wastewater effluent, following through on a plan announced shortly before the end of the Trump administration.

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State Waste Officials Back Superfund Law Class Designation For PFAS

State waste regulators say the lack of federal regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is hindering their efforts to clean up the chemicals, and they are calling for EPA to designate the entire class of thousands of PFAS as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law, which would impose cleanup liability on parties at waste sites.

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Critics Of Trump DOE Nuclear Waste Rule Urge Granholm To Scrap Policy

Washington state, environmentalists and others are urging Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to rescind a Trump-era interpretive rule that eases waste disposal options for certain high-level radioactive waste (HLW), arguing the action should be part of the Biden administration’s review of the past administration’s policies.

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