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New Jersey approves strict MCLs for two key PFAS

“Experts say New Jersey’s new PFAS limits are among the most legally sound, presenting a new proving ground for a state’s ability to regulate PFAS,” according to local press reports.

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EPA Declines To Extend PFAS SNUR Amid Hint Legal Deadline May Be Eased

EPA has rejected an industry request to extend by 15 days a comment deadline on a proposed significant new use rule governing perfluorinated chemicals used in coatings for consumer products, amid suggestions that the agency’s statutory deadline to make a final decision this June could be eased because of the covid-19 crisis.

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EPA’s Research Office Agenda Targets Emerging Air Pollution Threats

EPA’s Office of Research & Development (ORD) is crafting an air and energy research agenda that will target threats to public health and the environment from several emerging air pollutants, such as ethylene oxide (EtO), per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and air emissions from increasingly prevalent wildfires.

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House Lawmakers Launch Early Push For PFAS Measures In Defense Bill

House lawmakers are launching an early push to try to attach stalled policy measures to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to next year’s defense authorization bill, seeking to build on efforts late last year that added a host of PFAS measures to the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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Court Allows Air Force’s Landmark Challenge To New Mexico’s PFAS Permit

A federal district court has ruled the Air Force can move forward with its landmark case challenging New Mexico’s regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in a hazardous waste permit for a base, bolstering the military’s precedent-setting attempt to limit states’ PFAS authorities over cleanup of the emerging contaminants.

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EPA seeks to dismiss landowners’ challenge to WOTUS repeal rule

The agency argues the two New York landowners lack standing to bring the suit because they have not identified an actual injury from the repeal of the Obama-era Clean Water Act rule.

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DOD Weighs New Policies To Manage Wider Swath Of PFAS Releases

The Defense Department (DOD) is weighing whether to develop policy that would manage cleanup and disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) across a range of media, including contaminated soil, stormwater runoff, biosolids and sludge, a potentially significant widening of its current focus on contaminated drinking water.

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DOD Eyes New Policies To Manage Wider Swath Of PFAS Releases

The Defense Department (DOD) is weighing whether to develop policy that would manage cleanup and disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) across a range of media, including contaminated soil, stormwater runoff, biosolids and sludge, a potentially significant widening of its current focus on contaminated drinking water.

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DOJ Leaves Door Open For Congress To Allow SEPs But Backers Doubtful

The Justice Department’s (DOJ) top environment official, Jeff Clark, is leaving the door open for Congress to specifically authorize the use of popular supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) in enforcement settlements, after he banned their use earlier this month, though supporters of the projects doubt lawmakers will act soon.

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EPA Authorizes Voluntary Telework For Most Agency Staff Until April 4

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is authorizing voluntary telework for all agency employees across the nation for the next four weeks, “consistent with operational needs of departments and agencies,” in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a move agency staff are greeting as welcome and overdue.

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