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New York, Connecticut signal push to address PFAS

The Empire State is poised to propose strictest-in-the nation standards for the two most common PFAS while the Constitution State is creating a workgroup to study PFAS issues.

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DOJ Cites High Court Auer Ruling In Defending Vapor Intrusion Site Listing

Just weeks after the Supreme Court narrowly backed the doctrine that mandates judicial deference to EPA and other agencies, the Justice Department (DOJ) is citing the decision in an effort to bolster its defense against a lawsuit by industry groups attempting to strike down one of EPA’s first Superfund listings based solely on vapor intrusion.

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Final CWA jurisdiction rule repeal lands at OMB

The repeal seeks to end the patchwork of policies courts have created in their rulings on the Obama-era rule but the new measure faces a slate of challenges that could revive a patchwork.

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Tennessee Urges Wheeler To Reject DOE Attempt To Skirt Cleanup Levels

Tennessee’s top environment official is urging EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to force the Energy Department (DOE) to meet Superfund cleanup standards at a department facility in the state, blasting DOE’s attempt to reframe the issues in dispute in order to skirt stricter cleanup standards in favor of weaker Atomic Energy Act (AEA) levels.

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House Approves PFAS Superfund Amendment Over GOP, Industry Objection

The House by voice vote July 12 approved an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would require EPA to declare within one year that perfluorinated chemicals are hazardous substances under the Superfund law, despite objections from GOP lawmakers and a number of industry groups, who fear significant new cleanup liability.

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Senate Confirms EPA Waste Chief Wright In Party-Line Vote

The Senate July 11 voted along party lines to confirm Peter Wright to lead EPA’s waste office, overcoming Democrats’ efforts to block, or at least delay, the vote as they cited new ethical questions, his long-time chemical industry background and EPA’s failure, to date, to fulfill promises to regulate two perfluorinated chemicals.

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Rules Committee Allows House Debate On Suite Of PFAS Amendments

The House Rules Committee is allowing lawmakers to debate a series of amendments governing perfluorinated chemicals when lawmakers take up the annual defense authorization bill in the coming days, including a key amendment requiring EPA to quickly designate the chemicals as hazardous substances under the Superfund law.

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DOE Urges Wheeler To Limit Superfund’s Reach At Nuclear Waste Site

A top Energy Department (DOE) official is reiterating potentially precedent-setting arguments that DOE’s Atomic Energy Act (AEA) authorities should effectively supersede EPA authorities under the Superfund law in the cleanup of the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation, TN.

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Rejecting Industry Calls, ATSDR Backs EPA’s Strict Risk Approach On TCE

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is backing EPA’s 2011 assessment setting strict risk values for the ubiquitous solvent trichloroethylene (TCE), rejecting industry calls to ignore a controversial toxicology study that EPA’s risk program used when it set TCE risk values to protect against fetal heart malformations.

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EPA, Army Corps Seek States’ Input On Wetlands Mitigation Rule Changes

EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are seeking states’ feedback on possible changes to the agencies’ 2008 wetlands mitigation banking rule, ahead of a formal proposal expected by the end of the year as part of the Trump administration’s push to accelerate permitting of energy projects.

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