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New Jersey PFAS Directive Sets State Precedent But Risks Industry Fight

New Jersey's issuance of a first-time, wide-ranging directive requiring five major chemical companies to fund past and future cleanup costs and provide large amounts of data related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination likely sets a precedent for other states but will almost certainly draw industry challenges, sources say.

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Judge’s Rejection Of New CWA Rule Injunction Prolongs Policy ‘Patchwork’

A federal district judge has rejected two GOP-led states’ request to block enforcement of the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule within their borders, prolonging a nationwide “patchwork” of CWA standards that has led to fights in courts and Congress over how to apply the law until EPA repeals and replaces the 2015 rule.

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Top Senate Democrats press EPA, DOD on PFAS groundwater guidelines

Many of the 16 senators who signed the letter are ranking Democrats on key committees.

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Setting States' Path, New York Eyes First Dioxane Drinking Water Standard

New York's health department is preparing to propose the nation's first enforceable drinking water standard for 1,4-dioxane, a ubiquitous contaminant at waste sites and in drinking water systems, likely setting a path for other states to follow as one industry attorney says it may be the next “headline chemical.”

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To End CWA ‘Patchwork,’ Industry Seeks Quick Rulings On 2015 Standard

Industry groups are making a fresh push for district judges to decide their long-standing challenges to the legality of the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule in order to end the current “patchwork” of policies on the law’s reach, even as some newly inaugurated Democratic governors are pulling their states out of those suits.

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Small-Business Groups Back Narrower CWA Rule But Seek Greater Clarity

Small-business groups are broadly backing EPA’s plan to narrow the Clean Water Act’s (CWA) reach but appear split on whether the agency’s proposal achieves that goal, with some speakers at a March 19 listening session urging EPA to make major changes to the rule in order to provide more clarity on its scope and other provisions.

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As EPA, DOD Battle, New Jersey Adopts Strict Groundwater PFAS Level

New Jersey regulators have set strict health-based groundwater cleanup standards for two common per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), adopting interim levels that are forty times more stringent than those being pushed by the Defense Department (DOD) in an ongoing fight with EPA over federal cleanup levels.

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EPA Takes Initial Steps On PFAS Contamination Before Superfund Listing

EPA has begun to sample for potential contamination of two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at Superfund sites even before it lists the chemicals as “hazardous substances,” suggesting it could move quickly to require cleanup at sites where the agency had previously committed not to and where prior mandates are addressed.

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PFAS plaintiffs urge 3rd Circuit to reject Navy rehearing bid

Pennsylvania residents seeking Navy funding of medical monitoring due to exposure to perfluorinated chemicals are urging a federal appeals court to let stand a ruling that allowed their claims to proceed.

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DOJ Asks Courts To Avoid CWA Jurisdiction Suits Amid Policy ‘Patchwork’

The Department of Justice is urging federal courts to avoid taking up cases on the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA) until it finalizes a rule to narrow an Obama-era policy on the law’s reach, even as the Trump administration continues to issue jurisdictional findings for waterbodies using a “patchwork” of varying standards.

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