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Reversing Stance, Wheeler Settles Nuclear Waste Cleanup Fight With DOE

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has settled a long-running fight between Region 4 and the Energy Department (DOE) over applying water standards to radionuclides at a Superfund cleanup, setting a precedent by reversing the region’s push to impose technology-based effluent limits but backing its push to apply water-quality based standards.

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New Jersey DEP Chief McCabe Faults EPA For Lack Of PFAS Class Policy

Retiring New Jersey environment chief Catherine McCabe is faulting what she calls a lack of EPA leadership as one of two major obstacles that explain why the state cannot yet regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a class, adding that the other hurdle is differences among the chemicals that make a single rule difficult.

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EPA poised to propose new PFAS drinking water monitoring

The final rule requiring drinking water utilities to monitor for currently unregulated contaminants is expected to require sampling for 29 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Trump Vetoes Defense Policy Bill With Key Climate, Toxics Provisions

President Donald Trump has vetoed the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill that includes several environment provisions concerning the Defense Department’s (DOD) cleanup of toxic substances and climate change adaptation.

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Environmentalists, Democrats Wage Broad Attacks On Trump WOTUS Rule

Environmental groups and Democratic lawmakers are making diverse arguments in legal challenges attacking the Trump administration’s Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule, including that the rule is contrary to a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year and that the regulation misunderstands the CWA’s cooperative federalism balance.

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Delaware high court upholds ruling requiring arbitration in PFAS case

The Delaware high court is rejecting an attempt by Chemours to reverse a lower court ruling that forces it to argue before an arbitrator, rather than federal court, in a suit over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

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OMB approves EPA PFAS waste disposal guidance

The White House Office of Management & Budget has cleared EPA’s interim guidance for disposal and destruction of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) for release ahead of a Dec. 20 statutory deadline.

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NRDC files FOIA suit against EPA over perchlorate communications

Environmentalists are suing EPA under the Freedom of Information Act, seeking documents linked to the agency’s decision to forgo regulating perchlorate in drinking water.

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Economists Urge Biden To ‘Correct’ Flaws In Trump WOTUS Rule Analysis

Environmental economists are outlining several concerns with the Trump administration’s economic analysis to support its narrowed definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS), criticisms that they hope will aid the incoming Biden administration in “correcting” the rule and other Trump policies that used similar analyses.

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Congress Omits Major EPA Infrastructure Funding From WRDA Legislation

House and Senate lawmakers have removed language from a conferenced version of water resources legislation that would have authorized billions of dollars in new funding for EPA water infrastructure programs, opting to limit the bill to Army Corps of Engineers provisions and prompting wastewater utilities to call the action a “disservice” to utilities.

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