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DOD Weighs New Policies To Manage Wider Swath Of PFAS Releases

The Defense Department (DOD) is weighing whether to develop policy that would manage cleanup and disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) across a range of media, including contaminated soil, stormwater runoff, biosolids and sludge, a potentially significant widening of its current focus on contaminated drinking water.

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DOD Eyes New Policies To Manage Wider Swath Of PFAS Releases

The Defense Department (DOD) is weighing whether to develop policy that would manage cleanup and disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) across a range of media, including contaminated soil, stormwater runoff, biosolids and sludge, a potentially significant widening of its current focus on contaminated drinking water.

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DOJ Leaves Door Open For Congress To Allow SEPs But Backers Doubtful

The Justice Department’s (DOJ) top environment official, Jeff Clark, is leaving the door open for Congress to specifically authorize the use of popular supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) in enforcement settlements, after he banned their use earlier this month, though supporters of the projects doubt lawmakers will act soon.

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EPA Authorizes Voluntary Telework For Most Agency Staff Until April 4

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is authorizing voluntary telework for all agency employees across the nation for the next four weeks, “consistent with operational needs of departments and agencies,” in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a move agency staff are greeting as welcome and overdue.

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Senate Democrats Seek $20 Billion EPA Grant Program For PFAS Cleanups

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other Democrats are seeking to create a new $20 billion EPA grant program for states to clean up drinking water and groundwater contaminated by certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a new emphasis in their ongoing efforts to address the issue in the absence of EPA rules.

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DOD Says PFAS Cleanup Will Likely Top $3 Billion But Braces For More

The Defense Department (DOD) is estimating that its costs for cleaning up the two most studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) will be approximately $3 billion, an estimate that is 50 percent higher than its previous rough estimate, but the department expects that number to grow as it further investigates contamination.

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DOE defends budget cut to massive Hanford cleanup

Staff letters say DOE’s FY21 budget request falls $1.43 billion short of what is needed to comply with legally binding cleanup milestones.

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Despite Pressure, Air Force Chief Declines Pledge To Use New PFAS Powers

Despite lawmakers’ pressure, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett earlier this month said the military is examining the use of recently enacted powers allowing the Defense Department (DOD) to take steps to aid agricultural operations harmed by its per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) releases but she stopped short of pledging to use those powers.

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Amidst Utility Concern, EPA Faces Calls For PFAS Biosolids Standard

As rural and other water utilities increasingly worry that farmers will be unable to land-apply biosolids because of concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination, they and their supporters are pressing EPA to craft a safety standard and take other steps under the Clean Water Act (CWA) that will ameliorate their concerns.

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New York PFAS Sampling Protocols Prompt Industry Fears Over Cleanups

A New York state guidance setting protocols and screening limits to sample per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at cleanup sites includes a novel mandate to test imported soil used in caps or covers, prompting fears from industry about reopening cleanups while hiking the cost of site investigation and remediation in the state.

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