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Judge Rejects Navy Request To Stay PFAS Medical Monitoring Case

A federal district court judge has rejected the Navy’s attempt to stall a landmark suit where Pennsylvania residents are seeking the military’s payment for medical monitoring to detect health issues that may develop after exposure to per- and polyfluoroakyl substances (PFAS) and has scheduled oral argument on a separate Navy motion to dismiss the case.

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States Urge 9th Circuit Not To Stay Deadline For Final EPA Landfill Plan

States that have been pressing for fast EPA implementation of Obama-era landfill methane rules are urging an appeals court to reject the agency’s request that it stay a looming deadline to complete a federal plan while it challenges a lower court’s order rejecting its request to change the deadline.

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EPA reports highest backlog of unfunded Superfund cleanups

The backlog of 34 sites where the agency was unable to fund construction stands in contrast to top officials’ claims that quickly cleaning up sites is a priority.

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New Hampshire Appeals Temporary Block On Landmark PFAS Standards

New Hampshire is asking the state’s highest court to strike down a lower court’s preliminary injunction of its landmark drinking water and groundwater standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), questioning, among other things, the lower court’s failure to cite regulatory harms to industry plaintiffs.

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Duke pledges to excavate waste coal ash despite EPA’s rule revisions

The power company cut a deal with environmentalists to remove all stored ash from its North Carolina disposal sites even as EPA is loosening requirements in the federal ash disposal rule.

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NDAA Requires Host Of PFAS Rules Despite Superfund, Water Omissions

Despite Congress’ high-profile failure to require EPA to craft rules under the clean water, drinking water and Superfund laws to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), defense legislation recently enacted by President Donald Trump includes a host of provisions requiring EPA and other agencies to address the chemical class.

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Trump lauds NEPA ahead of proposal to streamline reviews

The president also argues that while the goals of NEPA have not changed, “the environmental review process designed to improve decision making has become increasingly complex and difficult to navigate.”

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Criticizing Rollbacks, SAB Highlights Clash With EPA Over Proper Role

EPA’s science advisers are sharply criticizing several major deregulatory initiatives being advanced by the Trump administration, raising legal threats to those rules while also underscoring the importance of a broader clash between the advisers and Administrator Andrew Wheeler over the board’s future role reviewing such rules.

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Judge Denies EPA Request To Pause Deadline For Landfill Methane Plan

Judge Haywood Gilliam of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is denying EPA’s request to pause his latest deadline for the agency to finalize a federal plan for states to limit methane emissions from landfills, spurring the agency to ask an appellate court for the same relief.

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Despite Criticism, EPA Retains PFAS Groundwater Guide’s Cleanup Levels

EPA has issued a final interim guidance for addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in groundwater, adhering to the screening level and cleanup goal it proposed earlier this year and largely rejecting wide-ranging criticisms from environmentalists, states and industry over alleged deficiencies.

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