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CWA ‘Patchwork’ Could Return Within Months Despite Repeal Of 2015 Rule

BOSTON -- The Trump administration’s bid to scrap the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule and replace it with a narrower policy could revive a “patchwork” of competing CWA standards it was designed to end, says a law professor, because the repeal will be litigated and likely blocked in some states, reinstating the 2015 rule there.

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Governors Press Congress To Back PFAS Measures In Defense Bill

A bipartisan group of 15 governors is pressing leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees to back measures in pending defense authorization legislation that would require EPA and the Defense Department (DOD) to set policies to regulate the chemicals, curb releases and clean up contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Environmentalists sue EPA over New Mexico stormwater

“We are disappointed that for years EPA has failed to take action to protect New Mexicans’ public health and environment and require that these toxic discharges be controlled and monitored.”

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EPA Grappling With ‘Typical Year’ Standard For Revised CWA Regulation

EPA is currently unable to finalize its pending rule revising the reach of the Clean Water Act (CWA) as it is grappling with major legal, scientific and policy questions raised by stakeholders, including the standard to use for defining the law’s reach over sources that contribute to waters in a “typical year,” water chief David Ross told House lawmakers at a Sept. 18 oversight hearing.

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DOD Stresses Government-Wide Approach In PFAS Task Force Principles

The Defense Department (DOD) is outlining in just-released operating principles the scope and purpose of its high-level task force on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), making clear that it wants to take a “whole of government approach” in collaboration with EPA to respond to the pollutants believed to be at hundreds of military sites.

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Air Force Says CERCLA Bars New Mexico’s RCRA Suit Over PFAS At Base

Citing a series of provisions in the Superfund law, the Air Force is seeking to dismiss New Mexico’s suit aimed at winning a more rigorous response to its per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) pollution, an effort that highlights the hurdles states face getting federal agencies to clean up their contamination.

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DOD Braces For Increase In PFAS Site Universe, Cleanup Cost Estimates

As Congress weighs legislation requiring that the Defense Department (DOD) and other liable parties address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), Pentagon officials say they expect the number of contaminated sites and associated cleanup costs to increase beyond past estimates, further boosting DOD’s total cleanup liability.

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Conferees Eye House Measure Curbing DOE Bid To Ease Nuclear Cleanups

As lawmakers prepare to resolve differences in their pending defense bills, they will have to consider an amendment attached to the House version of the bill that would limit the Energy Department’s (DOE) effort to reclassify “high-level radioactive waste” (HLW) and ease associated waste disposal options.

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Chemical Companies Back PFAS Policies, Bolstering Legislative Push

DuPont and Chemours, two of the companies significantly involved in per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) issues, are backing a series of legislative amendments requiring EPA to regulate the substances under several environmental laws, bolstering efforts by lawmakers to win passage of the legislation in a pending defense bill.

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White House Objects To Senate’s Bipartisan PFAS Provisions

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is “strongly” objecting to numerous provisions in Senate-passed defense legislation that would require EPA to craft a series of new drinking water, toxics and reporting rules for perfluorinated chemicals and mandate that the Defense Department (DOD) mitigate its past use of the chemicals.

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