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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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NRDC criticizes EPA’s ‘housekeeping’ claim in science rule

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in new written comments is criticizing EPA’s reliance on what the agency says is its generic “housekeeping authority” to justify a Trump administration supplemental proposal that would restrict the use of scientific studies where data is not publicly available.

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Dicamba Makers Seek Rehearing Of Case Scrapping EPA Registrations

Manufacturers of dicamba-based herbicides are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to overturn a three-judge panel’s ruling that scrapped EPA’s registration of their products, arguing that the court committed numerous procedural errors and improperly overrode regulators’ judgment on “highly technical” issues.

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IG Highlights Pandemic Response, EJ Integration As Top EPA Challenges

EPA’s Inspector General (IG) is adding the maintenance of agency operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disaster responses, as well the enhancement of environmental justice (EJ) efforts across programs to a growing list of the agency’s top management challenges, criticizing recent Trump administration efforts to cut funding for EJ efforts.

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Budget rules stymie broad House PFAS amendment

Concerns over unfunded mandates led the House Rules Committee to reject an amendment to annual defense legislation that would require EPA regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Colorado Joins Growing List Of States Eyeing PFAS Discharge Standards

Colorado’s decision this week to expand the use of its narrative water quality criteria to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is adding to a growing list of states that are developing surface water standards for PFAS to limit discharges of chemicals.

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House expected to back Senate CFATS renewal as pressure mounts

A spokesman says the House Homeland Security Committee plans to take up the Senate extension next week.

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House Members Push Major PFAS Measures For Floor Debate Of Defense Bill

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers, with backing from House Democratic leadership, is pushing for inclusion of a comprehensive package of policy measures to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill when it reaches the floor, while attempting to win much-needed Republican support in the Senate.

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OMB completes review of EPA lead-free labeling rule

The final EPA rule on the labeling of lead-free plumbing materials is a long-awaited effort to implement a 2011 law that made the definition of lead-free plumbing more stringent.

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In FY21 Report, House Democrats Renew Concerns With EPA’s Agenda

Democratic appropriators in the House are reiterating and amplifying multiple concerns with EPA’s deregulatory efforts and resistance to Hill oversight, pressing the agency for action or information on numerous topics, including water contamination, toxic chemical risk assessment and agency enforcement.

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