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EPA Draws House Panel Scrutiny Amid Fears Over PFAS Policy Delays

House Democrats are pressing EPA on its schedule for issuing rules to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), raising concerns that the administration’s deregulatory approach will stymie prior pledges to determine whether to craft Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) rules for some of the chemicals by the end of the year.

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EPA Says Door Closed For New York To Challenge Hudson River Cleanup

EPA is urging a federal court to dismiss New York’s challenge to its decision to certify that General Electric (GE) had completed cleanup of contaminated sediment in the Hudson River, arguing the state lost its opportunity to challenge the agency’s decision when it declined to enter into a consent decree years ago governing the cleanup.

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Congress Faces PFAS Superfund Showdown As Democrats Back New Plan

Congress’ long-simmering battle over whether to regulate perfluorinated chemicals under the Superfund law as part of the pending defense bill appears headed for a final showdown as Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over whether to include such legislation in the final measure, which is slated for release this week.

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DOD Officials Say Military Will “Adapt” To EPA’s PFAS Groundwater Limits

Defense Department (DOD) officials say the military will “adapt” to any policy EPA might issue that adopts stricter groundwater cleanup limits on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) than what DOD recently set, a concession after DOD was criticized for preempting EPA’s plan to apply more stringent screening levels if the chemicals are not comingled.

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DOD Officials Say Military Will 'Adapt' To EPA’s PFAS Groundwater Limits

Defense Department (DOD) officials say the military will “adapt” to any policy EPA might issue that adopts stricter groundwater cleanup limits on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) than what DOD recently set, a concession after DOD was criticized for preempting EPA’s plan to apply more stringent screening levels if the chemicals are not comingled.

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Environmentalists back Pallone’s PFAS measure

The Environmental Working Group said the plan “represents a crucial first step in tackling the growing PFAS contamination crisis and finally offering some relief to communities polluted by toxic PFAS.”

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EPA Seeks 2019 Release Of Major Deregulatory Measures

EPA is hoping to release a host of major deregulatory measures and other policies this year, including high-profile proposals governing perfluorinated chemicals, power plant air toxics and waste releases, stormwater requirements and more, according to the agency’s latest regulatory agenda, though many of the measures have yet to begin White House review.

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Environmentalists ‘Rolled’ By House Panel On PFAS Superfund Measure

Environmentalists are raising concerns that a bipartisan compromise the House Energy and Commerce Committee struck on Superfund legislation addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) will weaken Democrats’ push for a more aggressive measure now pending in defense authorization legislation.

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National PFAS clearinghouse launched

The announcement on the clearinghouse coincides with the release of “Dark Waters,” a film about the attorney who uncovered DuPont’s attempts to hide PFAS contamination and its decades of scientific findings.

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EPA Rejects Key GAO Calls To Bolster Climate Reviews At Superfund Sites

EPA is largely rejecting Government Accountability Office (GAO) calls to make Superfund sites less vulnerable to climate change impacts, including incorporating climate risks into its long-term strategic plan, though officials agreed to improve processes for defining sites’ boundaries and are weighing whether to reinforce existing tools and resources available to local site teams.

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