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CCUS Measure May Hang In Balance Amid Broader Defense Bill Dispute

Bipartisan legislation that has cleared the Senate to encourage a suite of carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) technologies might hang in the balance of contentious ongoing conference negotiations over a broader defense policy bill to which the CCUS policy is attached.

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NAM Fears EPA Superfund Designation Will Drive ‘Widespread’ NPL Listings

A major manufacturing group is urging a federal appeals court to reject EPA’s listing of an industrial site in Newark, NJ, to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL), contending the agency’s singular reliance on alleged human food chain hazards that lack a plausible link to the site could set a precedent prompting widespread NPL listings of manufacturing sites near waterbodies.

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House Group Sees Votes To Block ‘Skinny’ NDAA If It Lacks PFAS Policies

A group of 69 House lawmakers say they have the votes to scuttle efforts to pass a stripped-down defense bill if it lacks measures addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though supporters say they are open to potential compromises on the PFAS measures, including a controversial Superfund law amendment.

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EPA will update Superfund compliance guides after OIG finds inaccuracies

The Office of Inspector General found that out of a sample of six sites, five had their compliance statuses miscategorized, with four in “significant noncompliance” but not labeled as such.

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New Hampshire Highlights DOD’s Ambiguous Stance On State PFAS MCLs

The Air Force says it will use its discretion to decide if it will adopt as cleanup levels first-time enforceable drinking water standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that took effect in New Hampshire Oct. 1, a case that could set a precedent for other states seeking cleanups at military sites as they move to enact their own standards in the absence of EPA rules.

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Critics Ask State Court To Block New Hampshire’s Landmark PFAS MCLs

New Hampshire’s landmark drinking water and groundwater standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which took effect Oct. 1, are facing a legal challenge by a major manufacturer of the chemical, as well as a local water and sewer district and a biosolids business, which are seeking to halt the rules’ implementation and enforcement.

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Judge denies EPA’s bid for quick ruling on Gold King tort claims

The decision rejects as premature EPA’s bid to block tort claims stemming from the 2015 wastewater spill, which it filed just eight days after the start of discovery.

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Supporters Step Up Efforts To Include Strict PFAS Measures In Defense Bill

As House and Senate leaders complete a bicameral conference on pending fiscal year 2020 defense legislation, supporters of strict policies governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are stepping up efforts to sway lawmakers to include measures that would speed and require strict EPA regulation of the chemicals.

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Grassroots coalition tells EPA to re-focus Superfund funding

The Trump administration “has targeted Superfund sites in majority white communities, medium income communities and where there are deep corporate pockets to pay for cleanup,” CHEJ says.

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EPA Readies Groups To Implement New Trump Deregulatory Orders

EPA is poised to form two workgroups to implement President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders (EO) restricting agencies’ use of guidance documents and curbing some enforcement efforts, even as observers are still working to assess the on-the-ground impact of the orders on agency operations.

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