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EPA Sends PFAS Disposal Guide, Water Monitoring Rule For OMB Review

EPA has sent for White House review an interim guide on incineration and other disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and a proposal to lower concentration levels for mandatory PFAS water monitoring, measures that the agency is touting as part of its efforts to “aggressively” address the broad class of chemicals.

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House Democrats’ FY21 Bill Votes Signal Post-Election Priorities For EPA

House Democrats have approved policy riders to EPA’s fiscal year 2021 funding bill limiting the implementation of Trump administration environmental policies while creating new rules for emerging contaminants and boosting water infrastructure funds, signaling Democrats’ early priorities for EPA if Joe Biden wins the 2020 presidential election.

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House Approves Defense Bill With PFAS Mandates, Senate Debate Lingers

House lawmakers have approved annual defense legislation that contains numerous provisions aimed at reducing exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) for those living on or near military bases, while senators are debating far fewer PFAS provisions in their defense bill, raising questions about what will survive in the final version.

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NRDC Urges District Court To Force EPA Perchlorate Drinking Water Limit

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is fighting EPA’s efforts to terminate a consent decree requiring establishment of a drinking water limit for the rocket fuel ingredient perchlorate, arguing in a potentially precedent-setting case that EPA lacks the authority to reverse an Obama-era finding that such a limit is necessary.

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Budget rules stymie broad House PFAS amendment

Concerns over unfunded mandates led the House Rules Committee to reject an amendment to annual defense legislation that would require EPA regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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DOJ Urges Appellate Court To Reverse Stay Of WOTUS Rule In Colorado

The Justice Department (DOJ) is urging an appellate court to overturn a judicial stay of the Trump administration’s narrowed “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) definition in Colorado, arguing the lower court erred in its analysis of Colorado’s likelihood of success on the merits and that the state failed to show it will be irreparably harmed by the rule.

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House Panel Approves Measure Forcing DOD To Meet State PFAS Limits

The House Armed Services Committee has passed legislation that would set several new requirements for how the Defense Department (DOD) addresses per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including a measure to force it to comply with state drinking water and groundwater requirements unless they are weaker than any federal level.

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DOJ opposes Oregon ranchers’ bid to stay WOTUS rule

Echoing arguments recently made to a federal court in New Mexico, the Justice Department is asking a federal court in Oregon to reject a request from ranchers to stay the 2020 WOTUS rule.

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Shaheen Seeks PFAS Amendment Triggering DOD Cleanups, Cost Recovery

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is seeking to insert in the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill a provision to allow communities near military facilities to recoup cleanup costs for two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and give the Defense Department (DOD) the ability to pursue recovery of remediation costs from industrial parties.

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DOJ Appeals Stay Of WOTUS Rule In Colorado, Fights Bid To Narrow Policy

The Justice Department (DOJ) is appealing a federal district court’s stay of the Trump administration’s narrowed definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) in Colorado to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and is urging a federal court in New Mexico to deny ranchers’ request to stay a small portion of the rule.

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