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Oklahoma appeals suit seeking to block CWA jurisdiction rule

Oklahoma and a range of industry groups will ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit to block enforcement of the Obama-era jurisdiction rule in the Sooner State.

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Coalition forms to combat toxic exposures to military personnel

The Toxic Exposures in the American Military (TEAM) coalition -- which is currently comprised of 12 veterans and environmental community groups --announced its formation earlier this month.

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HSIA details issues in suit over EPA’s methylene chloride ban

A chemical industry group is detailing the issues it wants a federal appellate court to address as it weighs its challenge to EPA’s ban on consumer uses of methylene chloride in paint strippers.

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Critics Hint At Suit On EPA Plan To Curb Workers’ Methylene Chloride Risks

Environmental and labor groups are suggesting they may sue the agency if it proceeds with its proposed training program for commercial users of paint-stripping products containing methylene chloride, charging the agency has failed to justify its approach after the Obama administration found the chemical posed unreasonable risks to workers.

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As Congress Eyes AFFF Ban For DOD, Industry Concern Grows Over PFAS Liability

As Congress weighs barring the Defense Department (DOD) from procuring aqueous firefighting foam (AFFF) containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) due to contamination concerns, parties at large industrial and mining sites that may also have used the foam are growing increasingly concerned about their potential cleanup liability.

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States Step Up Push To Test For PFAS At Waste Sites, Worrying Industry

Officials in New York and New Jersey, two states with a large number of Superfund and other waste sites, are stepping up their efforts to test for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other emerging contaminants at the sites, raising industry fears over potential liability, lagging analytical abilities and unclear remediation requirements.

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Clash Over New Jersey’s PFAS Levels Previews Responses To EPA

In a potential preview of what EPA and other regulators can expect to see on any plans to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), industry and environmentalists are clashing over New Jersey’s landmark plans to set drinking water and other standards for the contaminants and what science should be used to do so.

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Advisors Face Challenging Schedule Reviewing Range Of EPA Policies

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is planning to review a broad range of Trump administration deregulatory policies in a relatively quick fashion in order to provide advice on the agency’s regulatory timeline, efforts that SAB Chairman Michael Honeycutt acknowledges will be difficult but adds that the board has voted to undertake.

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Carper steps up call for PFAS legislation following FDA findings

“It is abundantly clear that Congress must take heed of what we do know and act now to begin addressing PFAS contamination,” the top Democrat on the Senate environment committee says.

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Groups Cite Risks To Bolster Standing To Target TSCA Evaluation Rule

Environmentalists and other groups challenging the Trump EPA’s framework rule on how the agency evaluates existing chemicals under the revised toxics law say that ongoing risks from legacy and other uses of substances currently being assessed show that they have standing to challenge the rule’s provision allowing the agency to preclude such uses from assessments.

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