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DOD Will Consult DOJ, EPA Over Compliance With States’ PFAS Limits

The Defense Department (DOD) is weighing how to respond to states’ new drinking water standards on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and to demands for alternative or treated drinking water supplies, and will consult the Justice Department (DOJ) and EPA about DOD’s legal authorities, a top DOD environment official says.

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Critics Warn Of Weak Spots In States’ Early Efforts To Set PFAS Standards

As some states take early steps to pursue stringent drinking water and cleanup levels for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including Michigan and New York, observers are raising initial concerns about potential weak spots in state efforts to set standards -- citing in particular doubts about how Alabama and Michigan will enforce their limits.

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Final EPA Rule On Lead-Free Pipes Drops Proposed Labeling Mandate

EPA has issued its final rule tightening drinking water policies that will limit the lead content in plumbing materials -- changes the agency says will protect the public from lead consumption even though the finalized version drops language from the Obama-era proposal that would have required labeling of lead-free pipes.

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As Courts Split, EPA Opposes Rehearing Of Texas Air Permit Suit Victory

EPA is opposing a bid by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) to rehear a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruling that rejected a challenge over the agency’s policy on reviewing Clean Air Act Title V operating permits, after Sierra Club won a similar case in the 10th Circuit that highlights a circuit split on the issue.

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Appellate Judges Question Whether EPA Can Still Allow Chlorpyrifos Uses

Judges with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit are questioning whether EPA has the authority to maintain “tolerance” levels allowing continued use of the agricultural pesticide chlorpyrifos after denying petitions to ban the chemical filed by Democratic state attorneys general (AGs), environmentalists and labor groups.

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EPA Sends PFAS Disposal Guide, Water Monitoring Rule For OMB Review

EPA has sent for White House review an interim guide on incineration and other disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and a proposal to lower concentration levels for mandatory PFAS water monitoring, measures that the agency is touting as part of its efforts to “aggressively” address the broad class of chemicals.

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9th Circuit suspends decision overturning EPA’s dicamba registrations

The appellate court has recalled its mandate in the case that overturned the registrations of three dicamba-based weed killers, despite EPA’s move to stop all use of the products by July 31.

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House Democrats’ FY21 Bill Votes Signal Post-Election Priorities For EPA

House Democrats have approved policy riders to EPA’s fiscal year 2021 funding bill limiting the implementation of Trump administration environmental policies while creating new rules for emerging contaminants and boosting water infrastructure funds, signaling Democrats’ early priorities for EPA if Joe Biden wins the 2020 presidential election.

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9th Circuit Rejects Challenge To EPA Registration Of Enlist Herbicide

A federal appeals court has largely upheld EPA’s registration of the controversial herbicide known as Enlist Duo, rejecting clams that the agency failed to consider adverse impacts of the herbicide on endangered species -- and that while it should have weighed threats to monarch butterflies that does not warrant scrapping the approval.

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House Approves Defense Bill With PFAS Mandates, Senate Debate Lingers

House lawmakers have approved annual defense legislation that contains numerous provisions aimed at reducing exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) for those living on or near military bases, while senators are debating far fewer PFAS provisions in their defense bill, raising questions about what will survive in the final version.

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