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NRDC files FOIA suit against EPA over perchlorate communications

Environmentalists are suing EPA under the Freedom of Information Act, seeking documents linked to the agency’s decision to forgo regulating perchlorate in drinking water.

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EPA Expands Risk Findings That Must Be Regulated In Final Perc Evaluation

EPA’s just-released final evaluation of the common solvent perchloroethylene (perc or PCE) expands the number of evaluated uses the agency had initially proposed as posing unreasonable risks that must be regulated despite declining calls from advisors and environmentalists to consider risks to the general population and those from legacy uses.

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EPA Draft Guide Finds Scores Of Articles Subject To PFAS SNUR

EPA is seeking comment on a long-awaited draft guide that finds a range of articles, including apparel, vehicle parts, carpets, solar panels and others, are subject to its July 2020 significant new use rule (SNUR) on certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) because they include regulated chemicals in their “surface coatings."

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House members press for funding to bolster EPA PFAS work

A bipartisan group of 58 House members is urging appropriations committee leaders in both chambers to back various funding measures to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

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Delaware Supreme Court Queries Scope Of Chemours’ PFAS Fraud Claims

A Delaware Supreme Court justice is questioning the broad repercussions that could impact corporate spinoff transactions if it supports The Chemours Company’s arguments that it never contractually consented to an arbitrator deciding disputes with its parent company, DuPont, including its claims of fraud against DuPont over cleanup liabilities.

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FY21 Defense Conference Bill Drops Several Provision On PFAS Cleanups

Congressional armed services committee leaders have finished negotiating the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), releasing a conference report that drops several measures championed by House members to push the military on the cleanup and disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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FY21 Defense Conference Bill Drops Several Provisions On PFAS Cleanups

Congressional armed services committee leaders have finished negotiating the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), releasing a conference report that drops several measures championed by House members to push the military on the cleanup and disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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As Vaccines Near, Data On PFAS’ Immune Effects Are ‘Urgent Issue’

Phillippe Grandjean, the Harvard University scientist who has been studying the adverse effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on those suffering from COVID-19, says that more data on the chemicals’ adverse immunological effects are urgently needed, especially as coronavirus vaccines begin to be administered.

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District court judge rejects PCB water contamination settlement

A federal district court has rejected a proposed settlement between local governments and the maker of polychlorinated biphenyls in a water contamination suit, calling the pact’s liability release overly broad.

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EPA’s Interim CWA Permitting PFAS Plan Targets Monitoring, Management

EPA is recommending that Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permits for wastewater and stormwater that are likely to contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) include phased-in mandates for monitoring the chemicals and best management practices to control them as an interim step while the agency weighs whether to set technology-based limits.

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