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FY21 Defense Conference Bill Drops Several Provision On PFAS Cleanups

Congressional armed services committee leaders have finished negotiating the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), releasing a conference report that drops several measures championed by House members to push the military on the cleanup and disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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FY21 Defense Conference Bill Drops Several Provisions On PFAS Cleanups

Congressional armed services committee leaders have finished negotiating the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), releasing a conference report that drops several measures championed by House members to push the military on the cleanup and disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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As Vaccines Near, Data On PFAS’ Immune Effects Are ‘Urgent Issue’

Phillippe Grandjean, the Harvard University scientist who has been studying the adverse effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on those suffering from COVID-19, says that more data on the chemicals’ adverse immunological effects are urgently needed, especially as coronavirus vaccines begin to be administered.

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District court judge rejects PCB water contamination settlement

A federal district court has rejected a proposed settlement between local governments and the maker of polychlorinated biphenyls in a water contamination suit, calling the pact’s liability release overly broad.

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EPA’s Interim CWA Permitting PFAS Plan Targets Monitoring, Management

EPA is recommending that Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permits for wastewater and stormwater that are likely to contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) include phased-in mandates for monitoring the chemicals and best management practices to control them as an interim step while the agency weighs whether to set technology-based limits.

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Final TCE Evaluation Finds Many Risks For Biden EPA To Regulate

The incoming Biden administration will be asked to regulate dozens of uses of the common solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) under TSCA after EPA issued a final evaluation that finds almost all of the assessed uses pose unreasonable risk, despite declining to evaluate risks based on controversial evidence that exposure can cause fetal heart defects.

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Critics of EPA’s RMP rollback detail legal arguments

Environmental groups and the union United Steelworkers are challenging EPA’s decision to deny their petitions to reconsider its rule rolling back Obama-era Risk Management Program requirements.

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EPA Expands Draft 1,4-Dioxane Evaluation, Sparking Preemption Battle

EPA has expanded its draft evaluation of 1,4-dioxane, finding the presence of the chemical as a byproduct in eight consumer products poses no unreasonable risks that must be regulated under TSCA, a win for consumer product manufacturers who had sought the expanded evaluation to preempt pending state rules.

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EPA extends CDR deadline for ‘technical’ reasons

“This submission period extension is in response to stakeholder requests for additional time due to technical issues with the electronic reporting tool,” EPA says.

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EPA Official Sees New Jersey Environmental Justice Law As National Model

A senior EPA official is acknowledging many environmentalists’ calls for the Biden administration to strengthen environmental justice (EJ) reviews, and is touting a New Jersey law as a model for how states and federal agencies can address chemicals’ cumulative risks disproportionately harming low-income and minority communities.

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