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Testing State Policies, Businesses Sue New Jersey Over PFAS Water Rules

Business and industry groups in New Jersey are suing the state over its drinking water and groundwater regulations governing the two most-studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), posing an early legal test of some states’ efforts to set enforceable drinking water limits for PFAS in the absence of EPA regulation.

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New Jersey Eyes 1,4-Dioxane Drinking Water Limit After New York Action

New Jersey drinking water advisors are proposing the state establish the nation’s strictest drinking water limit for the emerging contaminant 1,4-dioxane, following in the footsteps of New York’s first-in-the-nation standard and after EPA pushed off a decision to regulate the ubiquitous chemical until further data comes in.

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Bipartisan Senate group seeks modest PFAS measures in defense bill

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spearheaded the bipartisan effort, with included three Republicans -- Sens. Todd Young (IN), Shelley Moore Capito (WV) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) -- among the 21 signatories.

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Pressure Builds To Uphold House PFAS Measures In Final Defense Bill

Pressure is building on House and Senate conferees to the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to uphold more than a dozen measures addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), even as lawmakers punt formal conference committee negotiations until after the Nov. 3 election.

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D.C. Circuit continues stay of suit over EPA RMP rollback

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is extending until Dec. 3 the abeyance period for litigation over EPA’s risk management program facility safety rollback rule.

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EPA Opts Against ‘Safeguards’ In Rule Ending Stringent Air Toxics Policy

EPA’s final rule scrapping a decades-old policy that required air toxics sources to always meet strict emissions limits even if they reduced pollution levels opts against “safeguards” the agency had floated to prevent increases in toxic emissions due to the rule, choosing instead to finalize the regulation without any such backstop measures.

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States Likely To See First Tests Of PFAS Rules As EPA Eyes Limited Steps

States are likely to be at the center of the first battles that the regulated community might wage over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) rulemakings, as states continue their lead role on pushing through regulatory measures while EPA eyes only limited steps without approving broad new regulatory or policy measures.

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ACC pushes back against Massachusetts’ PFAS limit for six compounds

“We disagree with the approach used by [Massachusetts’ environment department] of grouping these substances together under a single standard,” says an American Chemistry Council spokeswoman.

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Massachusetts Groups Six PFAS Under Single Drinking Water Standard

Massachusetts has finalized a single drinking water standard for a group of six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), saying that using the sum of the compounds as the limit will provide greater protection to sensitive subgroups of people than if the state had set individual standards.

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Wheeler Touts EPA Metrics In Rebuttal To Criticism Over Lack Of Action

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler during Sept. 21 remarks at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) recited a lengthy list of what he said were the Trump administration’s significant environmental achievements, charging the news media with “underreporting” good news from the administration and faulting agency critics with discounting the results.

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