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Setting Model For States, New York Limits 1,4-Dioxane In Drinking Water

New York’s adoption of a first-in-the-nation drinking water limit for the emerging contaminant 1,4-dioxane could set a potential model for other states as they contemplate regulating the chemical, after EPA this past February deferred a decision to set such a standard in order to await additional data.

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House Lawmaker Weighs Prospects For Broad PFAS Regulatory Measure

A key House lawmaker backing a measure to force EPA to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) through various environmental laws is arguing the fight over the provision is not over despite its recent exclusion from a House defense bill, saying the measure is likely to reappear -- particularly if Joe Biden is elected president.

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Waste Company Suggests Landfills May Sequester Some PFAS Waste

With pressure mounting to find safe disposal methods for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a waste management company official is urging state regulators to consider lined landfills as a method for sequestering remediation and soil PFAS waste, even as environmentalists have expressed concern about landfill disposal options.

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Rhode Island Opposes Shell’s Efforts To Dismiss Novel CLF Climate Suit

Rhode Island is urging a federal district judge to reject Shell Oil’s bid to dismiss a novel suit claiming the company is violating two major environmental laws by not accounting for climate change impacts on a facility it owns in the state, arguing the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has met all the legal requirements for filing its case.

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DOD Will Consult DOJ, EPA Over Compliance With States’ PFAS Limits

The Defense Department (DOD) is weighing how to respond to states’ new drinking water standards on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and to demands for alternative or treated drinking water supplies, and will consult the Justice Department (DOJ) and EPA about DOD’s legal authorities, a top DOD environment official says.

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Critics Warn Of Weak Spots In States’ Early Efforts To Set PFAS Standards

As some states take early steps to pursue stringent drinking water and cleanup levels for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including Michigan and New York, observers are raising initial concerns about potential weak spots in state efforts to set standards -- citing in particular doubts about how Alabama and Michigan will enforce their limits.

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EPA reopens comments on coal ash permit rule through Aug. 7

EPA closed the comment period for its nationwide ash-disposal permitting rule on July 19, but will reopen the docket for one week starting July 31.

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Environmental Coalition Sues White House Over NEPA Streamlining Rule

A national coalition of 20 environmental groups is filing suit over the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) new rule to streamline how agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), charging that the rule will unlawfully “eviscerate core components of NEPA.”

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EPA Sends PFAS Disposal Guide, Water Monitoring Rule For OMB Review

EPA has sent for White House review an interim guide on incineration and other disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and a proposal to lower concentration levels for mandatory PFAS water monitoring, measures that the agency is touting as part of its efforts to “aggressively” address the broad class of chemicals.

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D.C. Circuit Rejects Industry Challenge Of EPA Vapor Intrusion NPL Listing

A federal appeals court has rejected a first-time industry challenge to EPA’s Superfund listing of a vapor intrusion site, dismissing arguments that the agency should have accounted for mitigation efforts in place at the site and applied industrial, rather than residential, exposure scenarios when scoring the site for the National Priorities List (NPL).

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