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EPA Rejects Petition To Block DOD Thermal Disposal Of PFAS Explosives

EPA Region 4 Administrator Mary Walker has rejected a citizen petition asking the agency to immediately bar the Army from using thermal methods to dispose of explosives and other materials containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at a Tennessee facility, deferring to the state as the lead regulator.

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New Hampshire Warns TSCA Inventory Lacks Data On Manufacturing PFAS

New Hampshire regulators working with EPA to test for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in manufacturing facilities are finding that as many as 50% of the chemicals sampled in those tests are missing from the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory of chemicals in commerce, a state official says.

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General Electric asks to intervene in EPA Hudson River cleanup suit

The company says it spent more than $1.7 billion in following EPA’s prescribed cleanup plan for the Hudson River and that the agency’s completion certificate should stand despite New York’s lawsuit.

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SAB Gives Largely Critical Responses To EPA Science Transparency Rule

EPA science advisors are giving largely critical responses to the agency’s narrow questions about how to implement protections of trade secret or personal medical information as part of its effort to advance the science transparency rule that aims to bar agency decision-makers from relying on any information that is not publicly available.

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NREL Readies Survey On Efforts To Overcome Solar Panel Recycling Hurdles

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) plans this fall to release a survey of policies and voluntary initiatives that states, industry and other stakeholders are pursuing to overcome the hurdles for recycling solar power panels, as states grapple with various challenges including applying EPA’s standard waste toxicity test to the panels.

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Landmark Tort Suit Against PFAS Makers Clears First Major Court Hurdle

A federal district court in Ohio has rejected efforts by the manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to dismiss a landmark tort class action lawsuit that is pursuing industry-funded, independent nationwide health studies and testing to determine the health effects of numerous PFAS found in the blood of nearly all Americans.

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New York loses attempt to sever PFAS claims from consolidated case

The state has failed once again to convince a federal district court to allow its tort litigation over contamination from firefighting foam to be heard by state court.

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EPA Poised To Raise E-Manifest Hazardous Waste User Fees In October

EPA is set to hike its user fees for hazardous waste manifests on Oct. 1, after quietly announcing in July the significant boost would occur due to a variety of factors, including processing fewer than anticipated manifests over the past year and the need to address a significant backlog of reviewing companies’ paper manifests.

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States Seek More Research, Test Methods To Address PFAS Air Transport

SEATTLE -- State officials are raising fresh concerns that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) can travel long distances through the air, allowing the already widespread contaminants to reach areas far from facilities where they are manufactured or used, and are calling for new research into test methods that could detect airborne PFAS.

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Wheeler Warns Hazardous Substance Listing For PFAS ‘Nearly Impossible’

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says it would be “nearly impossible” to implement a high-profile measure in the pending fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill that would require EPA to designate all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the Superfund law within one year, triggering liability for parties that contributed to releases.

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