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Senate panel backs funding increases for DOD’s PFAS work

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved small funding boosts to further address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in next year’s Defense Department authorization bill.

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Environment Panel Senators Press Wheeler On High-Profile Water Issues

Members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) are pressing EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to explain how the agency is addressing a number of high-profile Clean Water Act (CWA) and Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) issues, including groundwater, state water quality reviews, perchlorate and perfluorinated chemicals.

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Water Utility Group Objects To ‘De Minimis’ Waiver For PFAS TRI Reporting

A national water utility organization is calling on EPA’s toxics office to eliminate a “de minimis” exemption the agency created for releases of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in a rule listing 172 PFAS that must now be reported to the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), arguing the exemption could result in polluted drinking water sources.

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Sen. Shaheen floats bill to mandate PFAS blood testing, DOD task force

“The well-being of our service members is paramount . . . every effort should be made to track and safeguard their health” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) on introducing her bill.

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Water Groups Call For Fast But ‘Robust’ EPA Evaluations Of PFAS Limits

National drinking water and groundwater groups are urging EPA to quickly move ahead with evaluating drinking water standards for two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) but are calling for the agency to use “sound science and robust analyses” to inform the reviews while pushing EPA to use other legal powers to stem PFAS contamination.

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Judges Transfer New Mexico-Air Force PFAS Fight To Consolidated Case

In a loss for New Mexico, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (MDL) is transferring the state’s federal district court suit against the Air Force over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination to a consolidated case in which the state fears its claims and preliminary injunction motion may get waylaid.

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Trump Suspends Environmental Rules For Infrastructure, Citing Pandemic

Stepping up his deregulatory push amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump has directed EPA and other agencies to exempt infrastructure projects from legally required reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act (CWA) and other laws so they can be fast-tracked and help spur the economy.

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EPA sends final perchlorate rule to OMB for review

The agency has already signaled that the final rule will conclude that EPA will not regulate the presences of the rocket fuel ingredient in drinking water.

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States file ‘protective’ challenge to EPA’s COVID enforcement policy

States are anticipating that EPA will seek to dismiss their district court suit and argue that it belongs in the D.C. Circuit.

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Colorado suit adds to legal challenges over WOTUS rule

Colorado has filed its own suit against the Trump administration’s Clean Water Act rule even as a federal judge in California has denied the administration’s bid to slow a similar challenge by 17 other states.

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