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Senate Democrats Seek $20 Billion EPA Grant Program For PFAS Cleanups

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other Democrats are seeking to create a new $20 billion EPA grant program for states to clean up drinking water and groundwater contaminated by certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a new emphasis in their ongoing efforts to address the issue in the absence of EPA rules.

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DOD Says PFAS Cleanup Will Likely Top $3 Billion But Braces For More

The Defense Department (DOD) is estimating that its costs for cleaning up the two most studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) will be approximately $3 billion, an estimate that is 50 percent higher than its previous rough estimate, but the department expects that number to grow as it further investigates contamination.

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DOE defends budget cut to massive Hanford cleanup

Staff letters say DOE’s FY21 budget request falls $1.43 billion short of what is needed to comply with legally binding cleanup milestones.

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Despite Pressure, Air Force Chief Declines Pledge To Use New PFAS Powers

Despite lawmakers’ pressure, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett earlier this month said the military is examining the use of recently enacted powers allowing the Defense Department (DOD) to take steps to aid agricultural operations harmed by its per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) releases but she stopped short of pledging to use those powers.

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Amidst Utility Concern, EPA Faces Calls For PFAS Biosolids Standard

As rural and other water utilities increasingly worry that farmers will be unable to land-apply biosolids because of concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination, they and their supporters are pressing EPA to craft a safety standard and take other steps under the Clean Water Act (CWA) that will ameliorate their concerns.

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New York PFAS Sampling Protocols Prompt Industry Fears Over Cleanups

A New York state guidance setting protocols and screening limits to sample per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at cleanup sites includes a novel mandate to test imported soil used in caps or covers, prompting fears from industry about reopening cleanups while hiking the cost of site investigation and remediation in the state.

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SAB Reiterates Criticism Of Inadequate Science For Rule Defining WOTUS

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is reiterating its criticism of a rule the agency crafted with the Army Corps of Engineers defining waters of the United States (WOTUS) by saying it fails to incorporate current science, although the board dropped language from a draft commentary expressing disappointment with the agency’s legal approach.

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EPA’s SDWA Proposal For PFAS Could Spur Action On Waste Regulations

EPA’s proposed decision to develop drinking water limits for two of the most-studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) may create momentum to list the chemicals as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law, even as that effort has lagged in the face of fears from many sectors over potential cleanup liabilities the listing would drive.

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EPA touts ‘significant progress’ advancing PFAS action plan

EPA is pushing back against criticism from Democrats that it is not doing enough to address addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Dourson Suggests Public-Private Bid To Resolve Split On PFOA Risk Value

Michael Dourson, a former nominee to lead the Trump EPA’s toxics office, is suggesting a key public-private sector group launch an effort to resolve international differences on health risks from one of the most studied perfluorinated chemicals, an effort that could produce a weaker risk level to undermine some states’ stricter values.

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