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House Lawmaker Weighs Prospects For Broad PFAS Regulatory Measure

A key House lawmaker backing a measure to force EPA to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) through various environmental laws is arguing the fight over the provision is not over despite its recent exclusion from a House defense bill, saying the measure is likely to reappear -- particularly if Joe Biden is elected president.

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Ranchers urge district court to block several WOTUS rule provisions

Plaintiffs claiming the Trump administration’s Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule is too broad say EPA deserves no deference on its reading of the water law because it broke with Supreme Court precedent.

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Waste Company Suggests Landfills May Sequester Some PFAS Waste

With pressure mounting to find safe disposal methods for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a waste management company official is urging state regulators to consider lined landfills as a method for sequestering remediation and soil PFAS waste, even as environmentalists have expressed concern about landfill disposal options.

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In Court Filing, EPA Defends Decision To Forgo Perchlorate Water Limit

EPA is defending its decision to forego regulation of the rocket fuel ingredient perchlorate in drinking water and to terminate a consent decree with environmentalists requiring such a limit, claiming that it lacks the authority to issue the standard and that legal circumstances have changed over time.

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DOD Will Consult DOJ, EPA Over Compliance With States’ PFAS Limits

The Defense Department (DOD) is weighing how to respond to states’ new drinking water standards on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and to demands for alternative or treated drinking water supplies, and will consult the Justice Department (DOJ) and EPA about DOD’s legal authorities, a top DOD environment official says.

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Critics Warn Of Weak Spots In States’ Early Efforts To Set PFAS Standards

As some states take early steps to pursue stringent drinking water and cleanup levels for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including Michigan and New York, observers are raising initial concerns about potential weak spots in state efforts to set standards -- citing in particular doubts about how Alabama and Michigan will enforce their limits.

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Hearing Tees Up House Democrats’ SDWA, PFAS Post-Election Priorities

House Democrats used a recent hearing to tee up early signals of the post-election policy priorities they will push on overhauling the Safe Drinking Water Act’s (SDWA) standard-setting process and seeking interim drinking water regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though GOP lawmakers are urging restraint.

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EPA Sends PFAS Disposal Guide, Water Monitoring Rule For OMB Review

EPA has sent for White House review an interim guide on incineration and other disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and a proposal to lower concentration levels for mandatory PFAS water monitoring, measures that the agency is touting as part of its efforts to “aggressively” address the broad class of chemicals.

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House Democrats’ FY21 Bill Votes Signal Post-Election Priorities For EPA

House Democrats have approved policy riders to EPA’s fiscal year 2021 funding bill limiting the implementation of Trump administration environmental policies while creating new rules for emerging contaminants and boosting water infrastructure funds, signaling Democrats’ early priorities for EPA if Joe Biden wins the 2020 presidential election.

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House Approves Defense Bill With PFAS Mandates, Senate Debate Lingers

House lawmakers have approved annual defense legislation that contains numerous provisions aimed at reducing exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) for those living on or near military bases, while senators are debating far fewer PFAS provisions in their defense bill, raising questions about what will survive in the final version.

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