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EPA Downplays Precedent, Legal Threats On Georgia Ash Policy Approval

EPA is downplaying both the precedential nature and environmentalists’ legal threats on its approval of Georgia’s rules to establish a state-run permitting program for coal ash disposal, sidestepping a wide array of attacks on the state’s past handling of ash sites and its ability to enforce the rules and instead saying its approval is narrow in scope.

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Plaintiffs Struggle To Convince Judge In Key PFAS Medical Monitoring Case

PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania residents seeking to require the Navy to pay for medical monitoring to detect health issues that may develop after exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) struggled to convince a federal judge to allow their landmark case to proceed, with the judge noting legal weaknesses in their arguments.

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Democrats Hope Public Pressure Will Convince Republicans To Act On PFAS

As House Democrats begin floor debate on a comprehensive bill aimed at regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), they say growing public concerns will help persuade intransigent Senate Republicans and the Trump administration to consider the bill, particularly as it is a top concern in Michigan, a key swing state in the upcoming presidential election.

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Critics Say Superfund Backlog Reflects EPA Cleanup, Funding Contradiction

EPA’s growing backlog in funding new construction work at Superfund sites shows the agency has been disingenuous about touting Superfund as a priority while failing to ask Congress for sufficient funds for the program and also signals an insufficient focus on orphan sites, which lack a viable responsible party, agency critics say.

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EPA Implements NDAA’s TRI Reporting Of PFAS But Lacks Key Methods

Even as it continues to seek comment on the issue, EPA has begun implementing new defense law provisions subjecting certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting though sources say the agency lacks mature methods for estimating air emissions and compiling release data in other media.

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House Democrats’ Bid For Senate Talks On PFAS Bill Runs Into GOP Wall

After failing to agree on key per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) provisions in the recent defense bill, a top House Democrat is urging his colleagues to approve a sweeping bill, slated for floor action this week, to address the chemicals as a way to begin Senate talks but the bill is facing a White House veto threat, intransigence from a key GOP senator and criticism from House Republicans.

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Environmentalists Say Revised Ash Rule Deadlines Violate Court Ruling

Signaling almost certain litigation, environmentalists say EPA’s proposed deadline extensions for closing coal ash disposal sites that lack protective liners violate a federal appeals court decision that directed the agency to take swift and aggressive actions to protect against risks to human health and the environment from potential water contamination at the sites.

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Democratic candidates pledge PFAS action

Over the last few days, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg have promised to take steps to address the contamination.

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Newsom taps new director of embattled California toxics agency

One state senator says Dr. Meredith Williams “has the expertise and independent spirit necessary to tackle the huge challenges ahead for toxics in California.”

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OMB Weighs EPA Proposal To Loosen Ban On Unlined Coal Ash Sites

EPA has sent for White House pre-publication review a proposal to allow some disposal sites that lack protective liners to continue operating, which would loosen a separate proposed rule from November in which the agency floated banning unlined ash disposal as unsafe and forcing existing facilities to shut down.

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