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Draft EPA Perc Study Finds Risks, Sets Review Despite SACC Concerns

EPA is moving ahead with a planned peer review of its just-released draft evaluation of the common solvent perclorothylene (perc or PCE), which finds multiple uses that present unreasonable risk to workers, consumers and the environment, though it is unclear if advisors will have a quorum to be available to review it.

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Air Force PFAS Study Drives New Calls For EPA’s CERCLA Designation

The Air Force’s recent decision to steer funds for addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at a former Michigan base toward more study, rather than cleanup, is giving lawmakers further reason for pushing EPA to designate the chemicals as Superfund hazardous substances -- as it could force polluter-driven cleanups including at military sites.

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High Court Leaves EPA, Courts To Decide On CWA Groundwater Permits

The Supreme Court’s ruling creating a new “functional equivalent” test for determining, on a case-by-case basis, when pollutants traveling through groundwater may need a Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permit gives dischargers little certainty on when to seek permits, leaving EPA and courts to resolve how to apply the test.

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Environmentalists Seek To Close ‘Loopholes’ In Bid To Curb New PFAS Uses

Even as they push EPA to ban new per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), environmentalists are urging the agency to close a series of “loopholes and exceptions” that they say have allowed continued widespread use of the compounds even in cases where the agency has required toxics law testing or imposed other limits.

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New Jersey approves strict MCLs for two key PFAS

“Experts say New Jersey’s new PFAS limits are among the most legally sound, presenting a new proving ground for a state’s ability to regulate PFAS,” according to local press reports.

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EPA Declines To Extend PFAS SNUR Amid Hint Legal Deadline May Be Eased

EPA has rejected an industry request to extend by 15 days a comment deadline on a proposed significant new use rule governing perfluorinated chemicals used in coatings for consumer products, amid suggestions that the agency’s statutory deadline to make a final decision this June could be eased because of the covid-19 crisis.

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EPA’s Research Office Agenda Targets Emerging Air Pollution Threats

EPA’s Office of Research & Development (ORD) is crafting an air and energy research agenda that will target threats to public health and the environment from several emerging air pollutants, such as ethylene oxide (EtO), per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and air emissions from increasingly prevalent wildfires.

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House Lawmakers Launch Early Push For PFAS Measures In Defense Bill

House lawmakers are launching an early push to try to attach stalled policy measures to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to next year’s defense authorization bill, seeking to build on efforts late last year that added a host of PFAS measures to the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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Court Allows Air Force’s Landmark Challenge To New Mexico’s PFAS Permit

A federal district court has ruled the Air Force can move forward with its landmark case challenging New Mexico’s regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in a hazardous waste permit for a base, bolstering the military’s precedent-setting attempt to limit states’ PFAS authorities over cleanup of the emerging contaminants.

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EPA seeks to dismiss landowners’ challenge to WOTUS repeal rule

The agency argues the two New York landowners lack standing to bring the suit because they have not identified an actual injury from the repeal of the Obama-era Clean Water Act rule.

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