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DOE’s new nuclear ‘waste’ interpretation sparks legal threats

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee (D) says he and Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) “will consider all options to stop this reckless and dangerous action.”

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Top Energy Department environment official expected to depart

Anne White reportedly clashed with a more-senior department official over nuclear waste at the depatment’s Portsmouth, OH, facility, which contaminated a nearby school.

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CEQ Rewrite Of NEPA Implementing Rule May Face Challenging Timeline

The White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) plan to streamline agencies’ requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) may face long delays that threaten hopes to finish the policy in President Donald Trump’s current term, sources say, even though CEQ will submit the plan for inter-agency review next month.

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Senators Tout Bipartisanship On PFAS But Barrasso Seeks To Narrow Bills

Environment committee senators are pledging to take a bipartisan approach that includes environmentalists and industry as they seek to address polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) is indicating that while the bills under review enjoy bipartisan support, they will have to be narrowed to win his approval.

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NAS Backs Subclass Review For Flame Retardants, Highlighting PFAS Method

A recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report proposing a clustering approach of grouping flame retardant chemicals into subclasses for risk assessment is highlighting the emerging consensus that EPA and others are considering for addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), another large group of ubiquitous chemicals that are also subject to high-profile public scrutiny.

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House Seeks To Boost PFAS Funds But Policy Push Unlikely To Slow

House lawmakers are stepping up efforts to provide funds to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) -- including a massive proposed $2.5 billion grant program to aid drinking water systems -- funds that seek to address contamination concerns in the short term though sources say they are unlikely to deter lawmakers from advancing policy measures, sources say.

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Republicans Detail Concerns Over Bipartisan PFAS Bills, Seek EPA Input

House Republicans are raising concerns that a suite of pending bills, many bipartisan, that seek to address contamination stemming from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) could limit EPA's ability to prioritize risks and short-circuit existing review processes and are calling on Democrats to allow the agency to provide further input.

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EPA, NRC Craft MOU To Clarify Powers To Regulate Uranium Mining

EPA and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) officials are discussing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that would clarify the agencies' authorities to regulate uranium mining, signaling EPA may give further concessions to the NRC that could limit the agency's power to set groundwater protection standards for the sector.

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Quote-Unquote: House testimony on PFAS legislation

The testimony is aimed at helping lawmakers make the case for a series of bills addressing PFAS.

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EPA extends deadline for Wheeler decision on EPA-DOE cleanup fight

The agency is giving its administrator more time to resolve a fight between Region 4 and the Energy Department over using Superfund law authorities to regulate nuclear waste at federal facilities.

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