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House, Senate lawmakers introduce flurry of PFAS bills

The bipartisan bills from House and Senate lawmakers attempt to mandate toxic release reporting and federal facility cleanups of the chemicals and bar incineration of PFAS waste.

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DOE-EPA Fight Tests Wheeler On Superfund's Reach Over Nuclear Waste

EPA Region 4 and the Energy Department (DOE) have elevated a dispute over radioactive landfills' releases at DOE's Oak Ridge site, posing a test for Administrator Andrew Wheeler, who will have to decide whether the agency can use its Superfund law power to strictly regulate nuclear waste at federal facilities or defer to DOE and its reliance on weaker Atomic Energy Act (AEA) limits.

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District judge refuses to reconsider denial of CWA rule injunction

A federal district judge in Ohio held that there will be no “irreparable” harm from leaving the Obama-era jurisdiction rule in place during litigation over its legality.

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Lawmakers Scrutinize DOE Over Growing Environmental Liabilities

House lawmakers are pressing the Energy Department (DOE) for answers on its growing environmental liability, estimated at almost $400 billion, particularly as that liability outpaces annual cleanup spending, and are questioning how that liability can be cut when the Trump administration is proposing budget cuts to the cleanup program.

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Bipartisan Group Seeks PFAS Rule As Data Shows Contamination Expanding

As environmentalists prepare to release new data showing growing contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers has introduced legislation setting a two-year deadline for EPA to regulate the substance, though the bill leaves open key issues the agency would have to address.

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EPA Drops Threshold From PFAS Guide, Raising Removal Bar, Critics Say

The White House's decision to drop from EPA's groundwater cleanup guide for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) a default threshold above which regulators could order removals is sparking charges that regulators may not pursue some cleanups because they will be harder to justify though EPA says the limit was dropped to avoid confusion.

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Senators Seek Broad GAO Probe Of DOD's PFAS Liabilities, Policy Stance

The bipartisan leadership of the Senate governmental affairs committee is asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to open a probe into the environmental liabilities facing federal agencies such as the Defense Department (DOD) as they grapple with cleanup of the emerging contaminants per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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EPA Unveils PFAS Groundwater Guide But DOD Compliance Uncertain

EPA has issued long-delayed draft interim guidelines for cleaning up groundwater contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at levels stricter than what the Defense Department (DOD) and the other agencies have sought, though it is not clear whether DOD and the other agencies will comply at levels recommended by EPA.

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CWA Rule Critics Launch Suits To Block Obama Rule In Democratic States

Ranchers and local-government groups are launching new lawsuits aiming to preserve or expand the current bar on EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers implementing their 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule in certain states, pushing back against new Democratic governors who have withdrawn from suits over the rule.

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CWA Rule Critics Launch Suits To Block Obama Policy In Democratic States

Ranchers and local-government groups are launching new lawsuits aiming to preserve or expand the current bar on EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers implementing their 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule in certain states, pushing back against new Democratic governors who have withdrawn from suits over the rule.

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