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Bipartisan Senate group seeks modest PFAS measures in defense bill

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spearheaded the bipartisan effort, with included three Republicans -- Sens. Todd Young (IN), Shelley Moore Capito (WV) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) -- among the 21 signatories.

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Pressure Builds To Uphold House PFAS Measures In Final Defense Bill

Pressure is building on House and Senate conferees to the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to uphold more than a dozen measures addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), even as lawmakers punt formal conference committee negotiations until after the Nov. 3 election.

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Environmentalists fear historic designation will void NASA cleanup

The “Native American artifact” designation NASA is seeking for the Santa Susana Field Laboratory is a cloaked effort to exempt the entire site from a federal-state cleanup accord, critics say.

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House Democrats seek details on CWA jurisdiction rule implementation

Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Grace Napolitano (D-CA) are demanding documents from the Army Corps of Engineers on its application of the new, narrower Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule.

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States Likely To See First Tests Of PFAS Rules As EPA Eyes Limited Steps

States are likely to be at the center of the first battles that the regulated community might wage over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) rulemakings, as states continue their lead role on pushing through regulatory measures while EPA eyes only limited steps without approving broad new regulatory or policy measures.

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ACC pushes back against Massachusetts’ PFAS limit for six compounds

“We disagree with the approach used by [Massachusetts’ environment department] of grouping these substances together under a single standard,” says an American Chemistry Council spokeswoman.

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Michigan Governor Presses Air Force To Comply With State PFAS Limits

Michigan’s governor is stepping up pressure on the military to comply with state standards for regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in what could be a test case for states’ ability to ensure the military follows state PFAS cleanup standards that are often broader and more stringent than EPA’s approach.

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Massachusetts Groups Six PFAS Under Single Drinking Water Standard

Massachusetts has finalized a single drinking water standard for a group of six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), saying that using the sum of the compounds as the limit will provide greater protection to sensitive subgroups of people than if the state had set individual standards.

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Senate Democrats’ resolution criticizes Trump CWA rollbacks

Eight Democratic senators have introduced a resolution calling on EPA to maintain and strengthen Clean Water Act (CWA) protections and criticizing the Trump administration’s rollback of the law’s scope.

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Hanford cleanup contractors settle fraud claims for $57.8 million

The Justice Department for the second time in four years has settled claims of fraud against major federal contractors at the Energy Department’s nuclear waste treatment project in Hanford, WA.

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