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EPA Officials Eye ‘Other Opportunities’ For Burn Test Of PFAS Surrogates

After a high-profile setback last month, EPA is continuing to search for an incineration facility to test destruction of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) surrogates to determine the technology’s effectiveness in destroying the compounds, the agency’s PFAS research leader says, adding that officials would also like to expand testing to a range of different types of incinerators.

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EPA sends final ‘science’ rule for OMB review

Once EPA finalizes the rule, the agency plans to write tailored versions for its program offices.

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EPA Seeks Farm Panel’s Input On Interagency Work To Reduce Waste

EPA is asking its reconstituted Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities advisory committee (FRRCC) on how to bolster interagency partnerships that can encourage water reuse, cut nutrient pollution and discourage food waste, as well as seeking input on the future if its pesticides program.

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Environmentalists urge expedited argument in lead dust rule case

“Good cause exists to expedite oral argument in this matter because in the absence of expedited treatment, irreparable harm my occur,” say environmental and public interest groups.

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New Hampshire court ends bar on state PFAS standards

A New Hampshire state court has lifted its ban on state enforcement of landmark drinking water and groundwater standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), following legislative action.

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District court denies New Mexico’s bid to force Air Force PFAS cleanup

Citing procedural concerns, a federal district court says it is necessary to deny the state’s motion in a massive multi-district case over contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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EPA Denies Petitions To Reconsider RMP Rollback Rule, Teeing Up Suit

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is denying petitions by environmental groups, states and a major industrial union that asked the agency to reconsider a final rule rolling back Obama-era facility chemical disaster safety mandates, shifting focus to litigation over the rollback that had been on hold pending a final EPA reconsideration decision.

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Environmentalists Urge EPA To Tighten Draft Dust-Lead Clearance Levels

Environmental and public interest groups say EPA should tighten its recently proposed dust-lead clearance levels, and should broaden the standards to include porches and window troughs, rather than just windowsills and floors, in order to better protect children.

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Legislature’s Action May End Court Hold On New Hampshire PFAS Standards

New Hampshire’s environment department is asking a state court to lift a ban on enforcing the state’s landmark drinking water and groundwater standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) following the state legislature’s passage of identical standards in July and their enactment into law.

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Hurricane Laura Renews Concerns On Climate Change, Chemical Spills

Environmentalists fear Hurricane Laura is already leading to a repeat of the Gulf Coast chemical spills that resulted from 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, and they say those releases show the need to reconsider the hazard posed by industrial site spills in light of more-frequent severe storms caused by climate change.

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