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House Democrats seek details on CWA jurisdiction rule implementation

Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Grace Napolitano (D-CA) are demanding documents from the Army Corps of Engineers on its application of the new, narrower Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule.

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States Likely To See First Tests Of PFAS Rules As EPA Eyes Limited Steps

States are likely to be at the center of the first battles that the regulated community might wage over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) rulemakings, as states continue their lead role on pushing through regulatory measures while EPA eyes only limited steps without approving broad new regulatory or policy measures.

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ACC pushes back against Massachusetts’ PFAS limit for six compounds

“We disagree with the approach used by [Massachusetts’ environment department] of grouping these substances together under a single standard,” says an American Chemistry Council spokeswoman.

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Michigan Governor Presses Air Force To Comply With State PFAS Limits

Michigan’s governor is stepping up pressure on the military to comply with state standards for regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in what could be a test case for states’ ability to ensure the military follows state PFAS cleanup standards that are often broader and more stringent than EPA’s approach.

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Massachusetts Groups Six PFAS Under Single Drinking Water Standard

Massachusetts has finalized a single drinking water standard for a group of six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), saying that using the sum of the compounds as the limit will provide greater protection to sensitive subgroups of people than if the state had set individual standards.

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Senate Democrats’ resolution criticizes Trump CWA rollbacks

Eight Democratic senators have introduced a resolution calling on EPA to maintain and strengthen Clean Water Act (CWA) protections and criticizing the Trump administration’s rollback of the law’s scope.

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Hanford cleanup contractors settle fraud claims for $57.8 million

The Justice Department for the second time in four years has settled claims of fraud against major federal contractors at the Energy Department’s nuclear waste treatment project in Hanford, WA.

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DOJ pushes to consolidate WOTUS cases as Patagonia seeks to join suit

The Justice Department says consolidating two district court cases will aid judicial efficiency but argues the apparel company lacks a significant protectable interest to be a party in the litigation.

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Top DOD environment official Sullivan retiring

Maureen Sullivan, who has held leadership roles on environmental policy at the Defense Department for 28 years, is planning to retire, prompting a House lawmaker to lament the loss of “an incredible resource.”

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EPA Officials Eye ‘Other Opportunities’ For Burn Test Of PFAS Surrogates

After a high-profile setback last month, EPA is continuing to search for an incineration facility to test destruction of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) surrogates to determine the technology’s effectiveness in destroying the compounds, the agency’s PFAS research leader says, adding that officials would also like to expand testing to a range of different types of incinerators.

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