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Community Groups Step Up Push On EPA To Regulate PFAS Under RCRA

Community groups are petitioning EPA to list dozens of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous wastes” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the second such effort in the past few months aimed at subjecting materials containing the chemicals to the law’s strict cradle-to-grave regulatory system.

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Michigan sues PFAS manufacturers for contamination damages

The state is suing manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), joining a handful of other states in seeking damages and injury allegedly caused by contamination from the substances.

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PFAS Bill Clears House In Bipartisan Vote But Still Faces GOP Obstacles

With the support of two dozen Republicans, the House has approved legislation that would regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in air, water and other media, though the bill continues to face stiff opposition from top congressional Republicans and the White House, stymieing its future prospects.

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Plaintiffs Struggle To Convince Judge In Key PFAS Medical Monitoring Case

PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania residents seeking to require the Navy to pay for medical monitoring to detect health issues that may develop after exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) struggled to convince a federal judge to allow their landmark case to proceed, with the judge noting legal weaknesses in their arguments.

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Democrats Hope Public Pressure Will Convince Republicans To Act On PFAS

As House Democrats begin floor debate on a comprehensive bill aimed at regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), they say growing public concerns will help persuade intransigent Senate Republicans and the Trump administration to consider the bill, particularly as it is a top concern in Michigan, a key swing state in the upcoming presidential election.

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EPA Implements NDAA’s TRI Reporting Of PFAS But Lacks Key Methods

Even as it continues to seek comment on the issue, EPA has begun implementing new defense law provisions subjecting certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting though sources say the agency lacks mature methods for estimating air emissions and compiling release data in other media.

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Democratic candidates pledge PFAS action

Over the last few days, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg have promised to take steps to address the contamination.

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New Hampshire Appeals Temporary Block On Landmark PFAS Standards

New Hampshire is asking the state’s highest court to strike down a lower court’s preliminary injunction of its landmark drinking water and groundwater standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), questioning, among other things, the lower court’s failure to cite regulatory harms to industry plaintiffs.

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NDAA Requires Host Of PFAS Rules Despite Superfund, Water Omissions

Despite Congress’ high-profile failure to require EPA to craft rules under the clean water, drinking water and Superfund laws to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), defense legislation recently enacted by President Donald Trump includes a host of provisions requiring EPA and other agencies to address the chemical class.

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Courts Dismiss Two Suits Over Repealed Obama-Era CWA Jurisdiction Rule

Two federal appeals courts have dismissed separate challenges to district court rulings brought by state, industry and environmental groups over the Obama administration’s Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule, after the Trump administration’s repeal of the rule became effective Dec. 23, although other suits targeting the repeal rule by other parties remain active.

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