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Environmentalists plan suit over PFAS from wastewater plants

The threatened suit highlights growing concern about potential exposures from PFAS in biosolids from wastewater treatment plants as well as about policy changes that may impose liability on plant operators.

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DOD Sets PFAS Screening Levels But Faulted For Preempting EPA

The Defense Department (DOD) has quietly issued guidance setting Superfund screening levels for three per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in groundwater and other media, but the measure is drawing criticism from a former top EPA official who says it effectively preempts EPA’s pending groundwater cleanup guide for two of the substances and adopts much less stringent levels than those suggested by EPA if the chemicals are not comingled.

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Fearing Increases, DOD Seeks To Track Services’ PFAS Cleanup Costs

A top Defense Department (DOD) official is asking the military services to account for recent costs related to investigating and cleaning up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), an effort that comes after officials acknowledged that their earlier estimates fell short.

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Landowners Resist Navy’s Bid To Dismiss Landmark PFAS Monitoring Suit

Pennsylvania residents are urging a federal district court to reject the Navy’s attempt to dismiss precedent-setting litigation seeking the military’s payment for medical monitoring to detect health issues that may develop after exposure to perfluorinated chemicals, saying the Navy cannot reargue issues already settled by an appeals court.

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Judges Weigh NPL Listing Challenge But Wrestle With ‘Arbritary’ HRS Rule

Appellate judges reviewing a first-time industry suit contesting EPA’s Superfund listing of a vapor intrusion site seemed to be grappling with the suit’s narrow challenge to the listing decision as it applies the agency’s 2017 Hazardous Ranking System (HRS) regulation governing the listing of such sites, even though the rule is not the subject of the suit.

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Judges Weigh NPL Listing Challenge But Wrestle With ‘Arbitrary’ HRS Rule

Appellate judges reviewing a first-time industry suit contesting EPA’s Superfund listing of a vapor intrusion site seemed to be grappling with the suit’s narrow challenge to the listing decision as it applies the agency’s 2017 Hazardous Ranking System (HRS) regulation governing the listing of such sites, even though the rule is not the subject of the suit.

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EPA Plan Limiting EAB Could Complicate Citizen Group Permit Appeals

EPA is proposing rule changes that would limit the role of the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB), its administrative permit review body, likely complicating citizen groups’ efforts to challenge permits, while providing a new way for the agency’s general counsel and administrator to weigh in on legal disputes.

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D.C. Circuit Eyes Industry Standing In Key Suit Targeting EPA’s NPL Listing

A federal appeals court is signaling that imminent oral argument in a precedent-setting suit challenging EPA’s Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) listing of a vapor intrusion site will focus on the industry petitioner’s standing -- an issue that previously has been given little attention and one that raises doubts about the petitioner’s prospects.

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After Loss, EPA Asks Judge To Pause Looming Deadline For Landfill Rule

EPA is asking a federal district court judge to stay the Nov. 6 deadline he just re-imposed for the agency to issue a federal plan implementing Obama-era rules for landfills to cut the potent greenhouse gas methane, after the judge rejected the agency’s request to amend the order setting that deadline in the first place.

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Judge Stays Looming EPA Deadline To Issue Federal Plan In Landfill Air Rule (Corrected)

A federal district court judge has stayed what had been a looming Nov. 6 deadline for EPA to issue a federal plan implementing Obama-era rules for landfills to cut the potent greenhouse gas methane, even though the judge rejected the agency’s request to amend the May order setting that deadline in the first place.

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