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Cleanup contractor sues EPA, Navy over investigation redo at shipyard

The suit claims EPA and the Navy violated federal administrative law and the Superfund law when they ordered a redo of the investigation and remediation of radionuclides in soil for part of a former Navy shipyard.

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10th Circuit Questions Role Of High Court Ruling, Harm In WOTUS Appeal

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit questioned attorneys Nov. 18 about the role of a major Supreme Court ruling in shaping federal regulations on the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the potential harm to Colorado from a Trump administration CWA rule as they weighed whether to reverse a stay of the rule.

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Environmentalists Back Biden’s PFAS Plan But Seek To Speed Strict Limits

Environmentalists will press the incoming Biden administration to implement its campaign pledges to regulate and study risks of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) but they are also planning to urge officials to quickly adopt strict standards, including with the use of novel emergency power to quickly set drinking water limits.

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Dingell Outlines Democrats’ Plans To Speed PFAS Legislation, Regulation

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) says Democrats have three core actions they will pursue to speed legislation and regulation for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) including reintroducing a sweeping PFAS bill, urging the Biden administration to issue PFAS mitigation policies, and educating the public on the chemicals’ risks.

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New Jersey PFAS lawsuits add to growing NRD claims against companies

The litigation adds to the state’s growing lawsuits against businesses to require cleanups and recover natural resource damages, particularly over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance contamination.

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Democrats Crafting Plans To Enact PFAS Legislation Next Year, Dingell Says

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), the lead sponsor of legislation to require EPA to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), expects the House will prioritize passage of comprehensive PFAS legislation in the upcoming Congress, mirroring efforts from earlier this year, with high-ranking Democrats in both chambers already strategizing on plans.

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Wisconsin health agency recommends groundwater standards for 18 PFAS

The recommendation echoes Massachusetts’ recent move to finalize a single drinking water standard for a group of six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Environmental groups seek New Jersey probe of PFAS replacement

Environmental groups are pushing New Jersey regulators to investigate a replacement chemical for a legacy PFAS, reiterating fears of potential health risks from new substitute chemicals.

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EPA defends WOTUS rule in New York landowners’ litigation

The Trump administration’s Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule is a “reasonable construction of ambiguous statutory terms” in the law and is neither arbitrary nor capricious EPA tells a federal district court.

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BOSC Members Question Scope, Purpose Of EPA Waters Mapping Effort

Members of an EPA advisory panel raised pointed questions at an Oct. 29 meeting about ongoing agency research efforts to improve the characterization and mapping of streams and wetlands, suggesting some of the projects are too narrowly focused and wondering how frequently changing policy decisions will affect the science.

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