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Changing PFAS Universe Challenges EPA’s Test Method Development

EPA is poised to release next month a new method that will be able to detect nearly a dozen additional per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water beyond what the current method allows and focus on new, shorter-chain compounds that have been difficult to detect until now, EPA scientists say.

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California sues EPA over San Francisco Bay ‘waters’ exclusion

The state is challenging EPA’s determination that 1,365 acres of salt ponds adjacent to San Francisco Bay are not “waters of the United States” covered by the Clean Water Act.

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‘Worried’ House Democrats Step Up Push For Superfund PFAS Measure

“Worried” House Democrats are stepping up their push for defense bill conferees to preserve their amendment requiring EPA to list per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law in the face of opposition from Senate environment committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY).

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ATSDR awards $7 million for multi-site PFAS study

“The goal of the multi-site study is to understand the relationship between PFAS exposure and health outcomes in differing populations,” ATSDR says.

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CWA ‘Patchwork’ Could Return Within Months Despite Repeal Of 2015 Rule

BOSTON -- The Trump administration’s bid to scrap the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule and replace it with a narrower policy could revive a “patchwork” of competing CWA standards it was designed to end, says a law professor, because the repeal will be litigated and likely blocked in some states, reinstating the 2015 rule there.

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Governors Press Congress To Back PFAS Measures In Defense Bill

A bipartisan group of 15 governors is pressing leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees to back measures in pending defense authorization legislation that would require EPA and the Defense Department (DOD) to set policies to regulate the chemicals, curb releases and clean up contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Environmentalists sue EPA over New Mexico stormwater

“We are disappointed that for years EPA has failed to take action to protect New Mexicans’ public health and environment and require that these toxic discharges be controlled and monitored.”

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EPA Grappling With ‘Typical Year’ Standard For Revised CWA Regulation

EPA is currently unable to finalize its pending rule revising the reach of the Clean Water Act (CWA) as it is grappling with major legal, scientific and policy questions raised by stakeholders, including the standard to use for defining the law’s reach over sources that contribute to waters in a “typical year,” water chief David Ross told House lawmakers at a Sept. 18 oversight hearing.

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DOD Stresses Government-Wide Approach In PFAS Task Force Principles

The Defense Department (DOD) is outlining in just-released operating principles the scope and purpose of its high-level task force on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), making clear that it wants to take a “whole of government approach” in collaboration with EPA to respond to the pollutants believed to be at hundreds of military sites.

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Air Force Says CERCLA Bars New Mexico’s RCRA Suit Over PFAS At Base

Citing a series of provisions in the Superfund law, the Air Force is seeking to dismiss New Mexico’s suit aimed at winning a more rigorous response to its per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) pollution, an effort that highlights the hurdles states face getting federal agencies to clean up their contamination.

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