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State Waste Officials Back Superfund Law Class Designation For PFAS

State waste regulators say the lack of federal regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is hindering their efforts to clean up the chemicals, and they are calling for EPA to designate the entire class of thousands of PFAS as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law, which would impose cleanup liability on parties at waste sites.

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Critics Of Trump DOE Nuclear Waste Rule Urge Granholm To Scrap Policy

Washington state, environmentalists and others are urging Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to rescind a Trump-era interpretive rule that eases waste disposal options for certain high-level radioactive waste (HLW), arguing the action should be part of the Biden administration’s review of the past administration’s policies.

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Environmentalists, Chemical Sector Spar Over EPA PFAS Disposal Policy

Environmentalists and the chemical sector are sparring over whether EPA should endorse interim storage for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as part of its interim guidance on PFAS disposal, with environmentalists warning of major data gaps about disposal but industry claiming that “safe and effective” disposal methods exist.

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10th Circuit Vacates District Court Stay Of Trump WOTUS Rule In Colorado

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has vacated a district court’s stay of the Trump-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule in Colorado, finding the lower court abused its discretion when it granted the state injunctive relief because Colorado has not shown it will suffer irreparable injury if the rule is in effect during litigation.

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EPA sends TSCA PFAS reporting proposal for OMB review

The proposed rule, required by a statutory amendment, would require reporting and recordkeeping for the production of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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10th Circuit rejects EPA bid to stay Colorado WOTUS case

The appeals court order sides with industry groups that opposed a stay to allow the Biden administration to reconsider the Trump-era definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS).

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Environmentalists Warn PFAS Might Lessen COVID-19 Vaccine’s Efficacy

Environmental researchers are warning that exposures to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) could potentially reduce the effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccine, with one analyst saying that even though data on such a link is limited it suggests a need to prioritize vaccine rollout in communities with higher PFAS exposures.

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Regan Suggests Potential Middle-Ground WOTUS Policy For Biden EPA

Michael Regan is suggesting that, if the Senate confirms him as EPA administrator, he might consider an approach for defining Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction that takes elements of both the Obama and Trump administration’s competing policies in order to resolve legal uncertainty and address concerns from multiple stakeholders.

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Trump EPA Waste Chief Urges Review Of RCRA, CERCLA To Manage PFAS

Trump EPA waste office chief Peter Wright says the agency should review the potential for a “holistic” approach to managing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) with a possible Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste designation or Superfund hazardous substance listing for two of the chemicals.

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After Review, Biden EPA Backs Trump-Era PFAS Drinking Water Decisions

The Biden EPA is moving forward with decisions to develop drinking water standards for two of the most well-studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and to propose monitoring for dozens of PFAS in drinking water to determine if other rules are needed, backing decisions the agency made at the end of the Trump administration.

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