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Retail Industry Urges EPA To Withdraw ‘Unlawful’ Liquid Waste Proposal

The retail industry is urging EPA to withdraw its plan to codify a policy exclusion for liquid waste from the definition of “ignitable” hazardous waste, calling the proposal “unlawfully ambiguous” and saying that parts of it would effectively repeal or are inconsistent with existing agency waste regulations.

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Senators ‘Hopeful’ Defense Bill Will Include Superfund PFAS Measure

A bipartisan group of senators say they remain hopeful that legislative language requiring EPA to designate perfluorinated compounds as “hazardous substances” subject to liability under the Superfund law will eventually be included in the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill, which is slated for consideration later this week.

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Utilities Provide Cautious Response To Senate PFAS Bill Ahead Of Markup

Drinking water utilities are declining to take a position on bipartisan Senate legislation addressing contamination from perfluorinated chemicals through a variety of environmental laws, though they are concerned that the measure, slated for markup June 19, could set an adverse precedent by preempting EPA’s statutory process for setting standards.

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EPA Eyes Guide On ‘Look First’ Approach For Transferring Cleanup Duties

EPA says it may provide guidance to its regions on facilitating the use of what has been a little-used “look first” approach -- where regulators first pursue third parties, such as environmental remediation contractors or real estate investors, after potentially responsible parties (PRPs) transfer their cleanup obligations to them in settlements.

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EPA Defends Vapor Intrusion Site Listing Against Legal Challenge

The Justice Department is defending the scoring method EPA used to justify one of the agency’s first listings of a site to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) based solely on the presence of vapor intrusion, rejecting a lawsuit by industry groups that could determine the parameters for such listings.

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Report lists 475 facilities may be discharging PFAS

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed two EPA online databases and data from a New York survey to identify 475 industrial sites known to produce or use PFAS or are suspected of using PFAS.

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Senators Cut Broad Deal On New PFAS Rules But Drop Superfund Listing

Top leaders of the Senate environment committee have reached a bipartisan deal requiring EPA to craft a series of new drinking water, toxics and reporting rules governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and are seeking to attach the legislation as an amendment to a pending defense bill that is slated for floor debate as soon as next week.

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EPA’s PFAS Groundwater Guidance Draws Wide-Ranging Criticisms

EPA’s interim draft guide for addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in groundwater is drawing wide-ranging criticisms, with environmentalists charging it is too weak, industry questioning its scientific basis and the agency’s procedures in developing it and states charging it does not adequately preserve their requirements.

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TVA Agrees To Excavate Contested Ash Site Despite Court Victory

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has agreed to excavate coal ash from a leaking waste impoundment that was at the center of both a closely watched Clean Water Act (CWA) citizen suit and a state enforcement action, handing environmentalists a win on the issue even after a federal appeals court rejected their CWA claims.

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Coalition forms to combat toxic exposures to military personnel

The Toxic Exposures in the American Military (TEAM) coalition -- which is currently comprised of 12 veterans and environmental community groups --announced its formation earlier this month.

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