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Groups Urge Lawmakers To Reconsider Defense Bill’s PFAS Provisions

Two environmental groups are urging lawmakers to revisit a decision to significantly scale back provisions governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the pending fiscal year 2020 defense bill, pointing to bipartisan support for the water and waste measures when some of them passed as part of either the House or Senate bills.

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Metal Recyclers Sue California To Block First-Time Hazardous Waste Rules

Metal shredding and recycling businesses are suing a California regulatory agency to block implementation of its hazardous waste facility permitting requirements, charging that the new rules mark the first time that scrap metal has been defined as a hazardous waste under state or federal law and would be a death-knell to the valuable industry.

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EPA Implementation Of Superfund Reforms Draws Mixed Industry Reaction

EPA’s implementation of dozens of recommendations from its Superfund Task Force -- intended to speed cleanups -- is drawing mixed reactions from industry, with some actions that have been used at several high-profile sites drawing praise but others being used sparingly and prompting questions on their usefulness.

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States, EDF oppose EPA push to stay landfill plan deadline

States and environmentalists challenging EPA’s slow landfill methane rule implementation charge that “the equities tilt sharply in favor of rejecting EPA’s bid to continue its years-long campaign to delay.”

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Lawmakers Scale Back PFAS Provisions As Defense Bill Deadline Nears

Amid partisan finger-pointing, lawmakers negotiating the fiscal year 2020 defense bill have significantly scaled back provisions governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), dropping a series of measures under a host of environmental laws that would have set firm deadlines and pathways for when and how EPA takes action.

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EIP Sees Steep State Environment Cuts, Undermining ‘Cooperative’ Effort

Environmentalists have unveiled new findings showing steep staff and funding cuts to environmental agencies in most states over the past decade, arguing this undermines Trump EPA claims that the agency’s own resource limits are not degrading environmental protection but rather shifting responsibility to the states.

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As PFAS ‘Chaos’ Deepens, States Make Case To Overhaul Drinking Water Law

As states move to craft their own standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the absence of EPA limits under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), state regulators are underscoring that the law is not working and are calling for an agency advisory panel to recommend changes, though agency officials say they are generally barred from asking Congress for legislative fixes.

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EPA declines to write CERCLA financial assurance rule for fuel sector

“EPA has determined that the petroleum and coal manufacturing industry’s current practices, along with existing federal and state regulations, adequately address potential financial risks,” the agency says.

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EPA Floats Draft PFAS Drinking Water Decision But Deadline Slips

EPA has floated to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its proposed threshold decision on whether to craft drinking water cleanup standards for two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and three other substances but a top official says given the length of such reviews, EPA’s deadline for releasing the draft decision will likely slip into 2020.

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Justices Appear To Seek Narrow Basis For Halting CERCLA Damages Case

Supreme Court justices appear likely to block Montana landowners from pursuing a landmark state damages claim seeking to strengthen an EPA Superfund cleanup remedy but signaled they are likely to seek a narrow solution that would maintain EPA’s authority over cleanups while adhering to the law’s savings clauses that give states some powers.

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