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Environmentalists Preview Legal Attacks On Narrow CWA Jurisdiction Rule

Environmentalists and Democrats are using their comments on EPA’s proposed narrower Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule to preview the legal attacks they will make on any final version in guaranteed litigation, saying the rule has a host of procedural flaws, breaks with Supreme Court precedent, and exceeds the agency’s authority.

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Despite Bipartisan Support, Officials Doubt PFAS Bills' Prospects

A top Defense Department (DOD) environment official is expressing doubt over prospects for bipartisan and bicameral legislation that seeks to boost regulation and funding for addressing cleanup of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), an assessment that at least one top Democrat appears to share.

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EPA's Toxics Office Eyes Addressing PFAS In Smaller Subclasses

EPA's toxics office is eying the possibility of eventually addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in small subclasses, an approach that would likely ease efforts to deal with the thousands of chemicals in the class though it could set up obstacles for industry if newer PFAS are part of a heavily regulated subclass.

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Wheeler Faults States’ Criticism Of EPA’s PFAS Action Plan As ‘Inaccurate’

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is strongly rejecting state regulators’ criticism of the Trump administration’s action plan targeting per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), saying their recent letter criticizing the plan includes “inaccurate” statements, such as that the plan fails to address the contaminants broadly as a class.

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States Step Up Criticism Of EPA's PFAS Plan, Seek Binding Mandates

Groups representing state environment officials are publicly criticizing EPA's recently released multi-media action plan for addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), citing weaknesses across many program areas and calling for the agency to go farther such as by setting binding standards for contaminants across multiple media.

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Bipartisan House group seeks DOD funding boost for PFAS cleanups

The PFAS Task Force is urging appropriators to provide “robust” funding to remediate PFAS contamination at both active and closed military bases.

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New Jersey PFAS Directive Sets State Precedent But Risks Industry Fight

New Jersey's issuance of a first-time, wide-ranging directive requiring five major chemical companies to fund past and future cleanup costs and provide large amounts of data related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination likely sets a precedent for other states but will almost certainly draw industry challenges, sources say.

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Judge’s Rejection Of New CWA Rule Injunction Prolongs Policy ‘Patchwork’

A federal district judge has rejected two GOP-led states’ request to block enforcement of the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule within their borders, prolonging a nationwide “patchwork” of CWA standards that has led to fights in courts and Congress over how to apply the law until EPA repeals and replaces the 2015 rule.

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Top Senate Democrats press EPA, DOD on PFAS groundwater guidelines

Many of the 16 senators who signed the letter are ranking Democrats on key committees.

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Setting States' Path, New York Eyes First Dioxane Drinking Water Standard

New York's health department is preparing to propose the nation's first enforceable drinking water standard for 1,4-dioxane, a ubiquitous contaminant at waste sites and in drinking water systems, likely setting a path for other states to follow as one industry attorney says it may be the next “headline chemical.”

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