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GAO Finds DOE Nuclear Weapons Cleanup Liabilities Jumped $109 Billion

The Energy Department's (DOE) liability for cleaning up the remaining 16 contaminated sites in its nuclear weapons complex jumped $109 billion over the past year, to $377 billion, largely due to updated estimates for addressing high-level radioactive waste at the Hanford reservation in Richland, WA, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a just-released report.

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New Hampshire Declines Call To Set SDWA Technology Standard For PFAS

New Hampshire's top environment official is rejecting a request by environmentalists to set enforceable “treatment technique” standards for drinking water utilities to address the thousands of chemicals in the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) class, claiming it would contradict the state's statutory authority.

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California Water Board Officials Delay Vote On 'Confusing' Wetlands Rules

The California water board is delaying a vote scheduled for next month to approve a controversial new "wetlands" definition and new rules for discharging dredge and fill materials to state "waters" after agreeing with key stakeholder groups that many of the provisions are "confusing" and need additional clarity or even some changes in policy direction.

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EPA's Stalled PFAS Groundwater Levels Stymie State Efforts At DOD Sites

The Trump administration's delay in issuing recommended groundwater cleanup levels for two of the most common per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is hampering state and local efforts to address contamination stemming from military bases as the Defense Department (DOD) resists compliance with state standards.

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Air Force Sues New Mexico, Arguing Overreach In Cannon's RCRA Permit

The Air Force is suing New Mexico’s environmental regulators over its recently renewed 10-year Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) permit for Cannon Air Force Base, a case that appears to mark one of the first formal disputes between a state and the military over efforts to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Bipartisan Group Seeks To Address PFAS But Faces Industry, GOP Hurdles

A group of House lawmakers Jan. 23 announced the formation of a bipartisan task force to push legislative, funding and other measures to pressure EPA and other agencies to clean up growing contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though the group is likely to face pushback from industry and some Republicans.

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Doubting RCRA Waiver, Navy Eyes Court's PFAS Medical Monitoring Order

The Navy is asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its precedential ruling allowing residents near two military facilities to pursue medical monitoring claims after they were exposed to pefluorinated compounds, arguing the court erred when it found that federal waste law unequivocally waived sovereign immunity to allow such a remedy.

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New Hampshire's Proposed PFAS Levels Underscore Patchwork Approach

New Hampshire's recently proposed safe drinking water standards for several perfluorinated compounds at levels somewhat less stringent than other recent state proposals underscore the continuing patchwork of safety levels states are creating for the emerging contaminants in the absence of federal drinking water standards.

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Trump touts rollback of 'ridiculous' CWA jurisdiction rule

“We're saving farmers and ranchers from one of the most ridiculous regulations ever imposed on anybody in our nation: the Waters of the United States rule,” Trump told a major farm group.

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Environmentalists Expand Push For State PFAS Technology Standards

Environmentalists are petitioning officials in Michigan -- a state with extensive contamination from perfluorinated compounds -- to adopt technology-based drinking water standards for the entire class of chemicals, expanding on a campaign that has so-far focused on Northeast states.

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