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EPN Agenda For EPA’s Future Poses Test For Science, Economic Reviews

The Environmental Protection Network (EPN) of more than 500 EPA alumni is pitching an agenda to “restore” key aspects of the agency’s work, including a plan for eliminating the Trump administration’s science “transparency” plan and overhauling cost-benefit reviews of rules, posing a test for how to handle such issues in the coming years.

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PFAS Incineration Test Hits Hurdle While EPA Touts Alternatives Contest

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is blaming an Obama-era agency official for efforts that resulted in nixing a research plan to test per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) incineration methods in New Jersey, while the administrator is touting the launch of a $50,000 contest to find alternative disposal methods to burning the substances.

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Military Cites National Impacts In Urging Court To Reject State PFAS Push

The Air Force is urging a federal district court overseeing multi-district litigation (MDL) on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to reject an attempt by New Mexico to force the military to implement interim cleanup measures, arguing the state’s motion has national implications for the service’s cleanup priorities and raises threshold Superfund law questions.

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9th Circuit urged to disregard extra ‘authorities’ in EPA dust-lead case

Environmentalists are urging a federal appeals court to disregard EPA’s attempt to cite a proposed lead-dust clearance rule in litigation over the agency’s final dust-lead hazard standards.

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9th Circuit denies rehearing in EPA dicamba registration case

The full court will let stand a ruling overturning EPA registrations for three dicamba-based weed killers despite industry arguments that the precedent improperly lowers the bar for future challenges.

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New Chemours deal will further limit GenX pollution

Environmentalists and North Carolina have reached agreement with chemical company Chemours to add new requirements to a consent decree aimed at limiting water pollution from manufacturing GenX.

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Six Former EPA Chiefs Back Calls To ‘Reset’ Agency For Future Priorities

A bipartisan group of six former EPA administrators is endorsing a series of recommendations from former agency staff and political officials to “reset” the agency so that it can tackle looming major environmental issues such as climate change with a forward-looking plan that includes removing politics from its scientific and economic analyses.

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Setting Model For States, New York Limits 1,4-Dioxane In Drinking Water

New York’s adoption of a first-in-the-nation drinking water limit for the emerging contaminant 1,4-dioxane could set a potential model for other states as they contemplate regulating the chemical, after EPA this past February deferred a decision to set such a standard in order to await additional data.

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Agriculture groups back rehearing bid in EPA dicamba suit

Seven agriculture groups are urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to reverse a panel ruling that scrapped EPA’s approvals of three dicamba-based herbicides.

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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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