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EPA Finalizes Long-Pending Federal Plan To Curb Landfills’ Methane

EPA is finalizing a long-pending proposal to implement federal requirements to curb methane emissions from hundreds of existing landfills, with the move coming just weeks after an appellate court vacated the Trump administration’s rule significantly extending deadlines for states to comply with the Obama-era standards.

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OIG Warns EPA Enforcement Declines May Harm Health; OECA Defends Record

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is warning that a steady decline in agency enforcement activities “may expose the public and the environment to undetected harmful pollutants,” in a sharply critical report that finds the downward trend was found on a statute-by-statute bases and at EPA headquarters and in each of the agency’s 10 regions.

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Pennsylvania lawmakers counter Guard’s appeal of PFAS permit limits

The lawmakers want President Joe Biden to call on the Air National Guard to drop a challenge of discharge limits for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that the state is requiring at a Guard base.

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EPA backs OIG call to craft strategies for reducing trash in waterways

Responding to recommendations from the Office of Inspector General, the agency says it is evaluating obstacles facing states and municipalities and is continuing its support of trash-reduction initiatives.

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Scientist Says ATSDR Study Underlines Gulf In PFAS Toxicity Findings

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s (ATSDR) decision to finalize risk levels for key per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) much more stringent than EPA’s figures shows the difficulty of finding consensus on safe exposure levels to even a few of the thousands of perfluorinated chemicals, a scientist says.

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Michigan officials defend PFAS standards, criticize 3M lawsuit

Michigan state officials are firing back at chemical manufacturer 3M over its attempt to overturn the state’s rules to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Dingell Seeks Tougher PFAS Limits After ATSDR Adopts Strict Risk Values

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), a leader of Capitol Hill efforts to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), is urging regulators and other federal officials to quickly adopt stricter limits on the chemicals after the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s (ATSDR) formally adopted risk values more conservative than EPA’s.

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As NAS Weighs Advice To Clinicians, Citizens Call For PFAS Medical Testing

Citizens affected by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the Midwest told a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel that they support medical testing of PFAS in communities and incorporating PFAS-related protocols into medical screenings just as other potential exposures are screened for during health appointments.

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NEJAC Eyes ‘100 Days’ Push For Regan On Unimplemented Policy Goals

EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) is crafting a letter to send to Administrator Michael Regan near his 100th day in office that will highlight past NEJAC recommendations the agency is yet to implement, including steps to advance equity in decision-making -- a top priority of the Biden administration.

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Nuclear industry urges creation of high-level DOE waste office

The nuclear industry, electric utilities, utility regulators and local governments are urging Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to create a high-level office on nuclear waste storage and disposal.

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