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Environmentalists, EPA Agree To Six-Month Delay Of Final Perchlorate Rule

EPA and environmentalists have agreed to a six-month extension, from December until June 2020, of the agency’s court-ordered deadline to finalize a long-delayed rule addressing perchlorate in drinking water, which follows EPA’s previously announced six-month delay in issuing the proposed version of the rule.

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EPA Rejects Petition To Block DOD Thermal Disposal Of PFAS Explosives

EPA Region 4 Administrator Mary Walker has rejected a citizen petition asking the agency to immediately bar the Army from using thermal methods to dispose of explosives and other materials containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at a Tennessee facility, deferring to the state as the lead regulator.

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States Seek More Research, Test Methods To Address PFAS Air Transport

SEATTLE -- State officials are raising fresh concerns that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) can travel long distances through the air, allowing the already widespread contaminants to reach areas far from facilities where they are manufactured or used, and are calling for new research into test methods that could detect airborne PFAS.

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Wheeler Warns Hazardous Substance Listing For PFAS ‘Nearly Impossible’

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says it would be “nearly impossible” to implement a high-profile measure in the pending fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill that would require EPA to designate all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the Superfund law within one year, triggering liability for parties that contributed to releases.

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House Panel Advances Asbestos, PFAS Bills On Primarily Partisan Vote

A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel has advanced on a primarily partisan basis a bill to ban all uses of asbestos and a package of 13 bills to deal with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though one PFAS bill drew broad bipartisan support and Republicans said they are open to negotiating with Democrats on several others before a full committee vote.

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House Energy Panel PFAS Bills May Boost Defense Legislation Provisions

A House Energy and Commerce panel is scheduled to mark up a package of 13 bills dealing with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that includes provisions contained in House and Senate defense bills, asserting the committee’s jurisdiction over the subject and potentially boosting support for the measures in the final defense bill.

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Changing PFAS Universe Challenges EPA’s Test Method Development

EPA is poised to release next month a new method that will be able to detect nearly a dozen additional per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water beyond what the current method allows and focus on new, shorter-chain compounds that have been difficult to detect until now, EPA scientists say.

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California sues EPA over San Francisco Bay ‘waters’ exclusion

The state is challenging EPA’s determination that 1,365 acres of salt ponds adjacent to San Francisco Bay are not “waters of the United States” covered by the Clean Water Act.

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‘Worried’ House Democrats Step Up Push For Superfund PFAS Measure

“Worried” House Democrats are stepping up their push for defense bill conferees to preserve their amendment requiring EPA to list per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law in the face of opposition from Senate environment committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY).

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ATSDR awards $7 million for multi-site PFAS study

“The goal of the multi-site study is to understand the relationship between PFAS exposure and health outcomes in differing populations,” ATSDR says.

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