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PFAS Bill Clears House In Bipartisan Vote But Still Faces GOP Obstacles

With the support of two dozen Republicans, the House has approved legislation that would regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in air, water and other media, though the bill continues to face stiff opposition from top congressional Republicans and the White House, stymieing its future prospects.

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Steelworkers join in challenging EPA’s RMP rule rollback

“Eliminating these requirements will allow a profit-hungry industry to police itself while putting workers, first responders and the public at risk,” USW International President Tom Conway said in a statement.

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Democrats Hope Public Pressure Will Convince Republicans To Act On PFAS

As House Democrats begin floor debate on a comprehensive bill aimed at regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), they say growing public concerns will help persuade intransigent Senate Republicans and the Trump administration to consider the bill, particularly as it is a top concern in Michigan, a key swing state in the upcoming presidential election.

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EPA Implements NDAA’s TRI Reporting Of PFAS But Lacks Key Methods

Even as it continues to seek comment on the issue, EPA has begun implementing new defense law provisions subjecting certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting though sources say the agency lacks mature methods for estimating air emissions and compiling release data in other media.

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House Democrats’ Bid For Senate Talks On PFAS Bill Runs Into GOP Wall

After failing to agree on key per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) provisions in the recent defense bill, a top House Democrat is urging his colleagues to approve a sweeping bill, slated for floor action this week, to address the chemicals as a way to begin Senate talks but the bill is facing a White House veto threat, intransigence from a key GOP senator and criticism from House Republicans.

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EPA toxicologist wins SOT’s Lehman award

Annie Jarabek has worked on high-profile EPA risk assessments on Libby asbestos, manganese and particulate matter.

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Democratic candidates pledge PFAS action

Over the last few days, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg have promised to take steps to address the contamination.

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Newsom taps new director of embattled California toxics agency

One state senator says Dr. Meredith Williams “has the expertise and independent spirit necessary to tackle the huge challenges ahead for toxics in California.”

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Court consolidates states’, advocates’ TSCA asbestos suits

The decision comes after the judge issued a first-time ruling that environmentalists could challenge EPA’s denial of their petition seeking a revised rule under the Administrative Procedure Act.

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New Hampshire Appeals Temporary Block On Landmark PFAS Standards

New Hampshire is asking the state’s highest court to strike down a lower court’s preliminary injunction of its landmark drinking water and groundwater standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), questioning, among other things, the lower court’s failure to cite regulatory harms to industry plaintiffs.

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