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McCollum Urges Funding Panel Allocation Boost For EPA Water Programs

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), chair of the appropriations subcommittee overseeing EPA, is urging her Rules Committee colleagues to boost the fiscal year 2021 allocation for her panel so that she can hike funding levels for key agency water programs including its state revolving funds (SRFs), regional water protection, and others.

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DOE defends budget cut to massive Hanford cleanup

Staff letters say DOE’s FY21 budget request falls $1.43 billion short of what is needed to comply with legally binding cleanup milestones.

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Despite Pressure, Air Force Chief Declines Pledge To Use New PFAS Powers

Despite lawmakers’ pressure, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett earlier this month said the military is examining the use of recently enacted powers allowing the Defense Department (DOD) to take steps to aid agricultural operations harmed by its per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) releases but she stopped short of pledging to use those powers.

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EPA sends updated dust-lead clearance levels to OMB for review

The move comes as environmentalists in pending litigation have accused the agency with failing to comply with federal law and a court order to update the clearance levels.

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Former White House Counsel McGahn joins PFAS debate

After dealing with a series of controversies during the first part of Trump’s term, McGahn now appears to be entering the PFAS debate.

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Amidst Utility Concern, EPA Faces Calls For PFAS Biosolids Standard

As rural and other water utilities increasingly worry that farmers will be unable to land-apply biosolids because of concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination, they and their supporters are pressing EPA to craft a safety standard and take other steps under the Clean Water Act (CWA) that will ameliorate their concerns.

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New York PFAS Sampling Protocols Prompt Industry Fears Over Cleanups

A New York state guidance setting protocols and screening limits to sample per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at cleanup sites includes a novel mandate to test imported soil used in caps or covers, prompting fears from industry about reopening cleanups while hiking the cost of site investigation and remediation in the state.

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Democrats blast EPA ‘stonewalling’ of GAO enforcement review

“The fact that EPA is stonewalling GAO’s audit of the Agency’s enforcement program is outrageous, and begs the question: what is EPA hiding?” leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee say.

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EPA backs GAO call for compliance assistance documents to track goals

The agency in response to a Government Accountability Office report says it has either begun to or plans to implement recommendations on tracking compliance assistance and informal enforcement actions.

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NRDC Asks Judge To Vacate And Remand EPA’s Science Advisor Policy

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is urging a federal judge to vacate and remand a key portion of the Trump EPA’s 2017 policy barring scientists receiving agency research grants from serving on its advisory panels, arguing the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) requires such a remedy when policies are found to be unlawful.

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