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Environmentalists Back Biden’s PFAS Plan But Seek To Speed Strict Limits

Environmentalists will press the incoming Biden administration to implement its campaign pledges to regulate and study risks of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) but they are also planning to urge officials to quickly adopt strict standards, including with the use of novel emergency power to quickly set drinking water limits.

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Dingell Outlines Democrats’ Plans To Speed PFAS Legislation, Regulation

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) says Democrats have three core actions they will pursue to speed legislation and regulation for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) including reintroducing a sweeping PFAS bill, urging the Biden administration to issue PFAS mitigation policies, and educating the public on the chemicals’ risks.

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Judge Appears Open To Plaintiffs’ Claims In TSCA Asbestos Reporting Suit

A federal judge appeared to leave the door open to arguments being made by states and environmentalists as they seek to force EPA to require industry groups to report more data on their use of asbestos under TSCA, suggesting the states may have standing to sue while environmentalists may be able to make extra-record arguments.

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Chemical maker’s suit over EPA air toxics rule attacks EtO assessment

A chemical manufacturing company is faulting EPA’s landmark risk assessment of the solvent ethylene oxide (EtO) in litigation over the agency’s air toxics limits for the organic chemical sector.

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New Jersey PFAS lawsuits add to growing NRD claims against companies

The litigation adds to the state’s growing lawsuits against businesses to require cleanups and recover natural resource damages, particularly over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance contamination.

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GOP-Led Senate May Complicate Biden’s Choice For EPA Administrator

The chances that Republicans will retain control of the Senate next year may complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for EPA administrator, especially given concerns from some that the most-discussed potential nominee, California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chairwoman Mary Nichols, could face difficulties winning confirmation.

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Democrats Crafting Plans To Enact PFAS Legislation Next Year, Dingell Says

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), the lead sponsor of legislation to require EPA to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), expects the House will prioritize passage of comprehensive PFAS legislation in the upcoming Congress, mirroring efforts from earlier this year, with high-ranking Democrats in both chambers already strategizing on plans.

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Senate Floats Flat EPA Funding For Rest Of FY21 In Bid For House Talks

Senate appropriators are floating draft fiscal year 2021 spending legislation that would give EPA essentially flat funding of $9.085 billion, setting up potential negotiations with House lawmakers ahead of next month’s expiration of spending authority for multiple federal agencies.

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Wisconsin health agency recommends groundwater standards for 18 PFAS

The recommendation echoes Massachusetts’ recent move to finalize a single drinking water standard for a group of six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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States, United Steelworkers sue EPA over refusal to reconsider RMP rule

States, localities and the United Steelworkers union are challenging EPA’s decision to deny petitions to reconsider a final rule rolling back Obama-era chemical facility disaster safety mandates.

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