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Pennsylvania residents object to Navy bid to stay PFAS case

Staying the case for six months, as the Navy wants, will allow the military to further avoid accountability for its pollution of drinking water, the residents say.

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CBO Expects PFAS Drinking Water Limit To Cost Billions To Implement

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is estimating that an expected EPA drinking water standard for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is expected to cost drinking water systems more than “several billion dollars” to comply with any testing and treatment requirements over the first five years, according to a recently released analysis.

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Journal editors, former SAB chair protest EPA science rule

“It is time to return to a bipartisan approach to environmental protection that is based on the best science,” the former chair of EPA’s Science Advisory Board writes.

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High Court CERCLA Ruling Could Open Door For Climate Nuisance Cases

The outcome of the Superfund case scheduled for Dec. 3 Supreme Court oral argument could have implications for numerous pending climate change nuisance and trespass cases, potentially allowing those cases to proceed even if the court rules the Superfund preemption claims cannot, a legal expert says.

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State court blocks New Hampshire’s landmark PFAS standards

The judge has stayed his ruling until the end of the year to allow the state to appeal, a decision that will still allow officials to complete its sampling of all water systems.

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EPA Plans Aggressive Appeal Of Judge’s Landfill Methane Deadline Order

EPA is planning to appeal a district judge’s rejection of its request to change his order to accommodate the agency’s extension of deadlines to issue a federal landfill methane rule, suggesting it intends to forcefully defend its authority to change its own rules and that the judge abused his discretion and violated separation of powers.

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Harris floats bill incorporating climate into Superfund program

Climate change-fueled natural disasters are “threatening to unleash some of our nation’s most toxic sites on surrounding areas,” argues Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).

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EPA Seeks Comments On Universe of PFAS Subject To TRI Reporting

EPA has floated a proposal seeking comment on which per- and polyfluoroakyl substances (PFAS) should be reported to the agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), one of several regulatory items on the agency’s PFAS action plan, though it is unclear which, if any, of the estimated 4,500 PFAS chemicals will eventually be added.

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Navy Asks Court To Halt Key PFAS Case Pending EPA Superfund Listing

The Navy is asking a federal court to stay for six months a landmark suit seeking the military’s payment for medical monitoring to detect health issues that may develop after exposure to perfluorinated chemicals, citing the potential for EPA and/or Pennsylvania to list two of the chemicals as a “hazardous substance” and moot the military’s arguments.

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States Seek To Influence EPA’s Reformulation Of RCRA Grants’ Allocation

State regulators are seeking to influence EPA’s reconfiguration of its method for allocating Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste grants, including asking the agency to phase in the funding changes, consider states’ implementation of new federal rules in determining allocations, and other recommendations.

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