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CCUS Measure May Hang In Balance Amid Broader Defense Bill Dispute

Bipartisan legislation that has cleared the Senate to encourage a suite of carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) technologies might hang in the balance of contentious ongoing conference negotiations over a broader defense policy bill to which the CCUS policy is attached.

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House Group Sees Votes To Block ‘Skinny’ NDAA If It Lacks PFAS Policies

A group of 69 House lawmakers say they have the votes to scuttle efforts to pass a stripped-down defense bill if it lacks measures addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though supporters say they are open to potential compromises on the PFAS measures, including a controversial Superfund law amendment.

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New Hampshire Highlights DOD’s Ambiguous Stance On State PFAS MCLs

The Air Force says it will use its discretion to decide if it will adopt as cleanup levels first-time enforceable drinking water standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that took effect in New Hampshire Oct. 1, a case that could set a precedent for other states seeking cleanups at military sites as they move to enact their own standards in the absence of EPA rules.

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Critics Ask State Court To Block New Hampshire’s Landmark PFAS MCLs

New Hampshire’s landmark drinking water and groundwater standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which took effect Oct. 1, are facing a legal challenge by a major manufacturer of the chemical, as well as a local water and sewer district and a biosolids business, which are seeking to halt the rules’ implementation and enforcement.

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Supporters Step Up Efforts To Include Strict PFAS Measures In Defense Bill

As House and Senate leaders complete a bicameral conference on pending fiscal year 2020 defense legislation, supporters of strict policies governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are stepping up efforts to sway lawmakers to include measures that would speed and require strict EPA regulation of the chemicals.

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EPA Issuance Of CWA Jurisdiction Policy Repeal Will Add To Legal Battles

EPA is poised to publish its final repeal of the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction policy in the Oct. 22 Federal Register, a move that environmentalists and several states are already vowing to challenge in court and that will add to legal battles including suits over the 2015 policy, CWA groundwater regulations, and more.

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DOD IG opens probe into military’s PFAS use

The Pentagon’s Inspector General (IG) is launching a limited “evaluation” into the Defense Department’s (DOD) use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at military sites.

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Researchers Debate Basing PFAS Replacement On Chemicals’ ‘Essentiality’

Researchers and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) experts at a recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) workshop debated the concept of phasing out or replacing uses of PFAS based on how essential their use is, sparked by a publication that proposes the concept of separating PFAS into three categories of “essentiality.”

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EPA delays draft toxicity assessments for five PFAS

The agency’s Integrated Risk Information System program update shows the expected release of the draft assessments has slipped by three months but is still within the bounds of an “action plan” timeline.

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Courts Wrestle With Potential Impact Of ‘Repeal’ Rule On CWA Litigation

Federal courts are wrestling with the potential impact of EPA’s rule repealing the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction policy on litigation over the 2015 standard, including whether to put the challenges on hold until the repeal takes effect or potentially vacate the existing standard in cases where it has been remanded to the agency.

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