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Dourson Suggests Public-Private Bid To Resolve Split On PFOA Risk Value

Michael Dourson, a former nominee to lead the Trump EPA’s toxics office, is suggesting a key public-private sector group launch an effort to resolve international differences on health risks from one of the most studied perfluorinated chemicals, an effort that could produce a weaker risk level to undermine some states’ stricter values.

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EFAB eyes new charges on water, ‘opportunity zone’ funding

EPA’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) has accepted a charge from the Office of Policy on ways to increase private investment in opportunity zones and is considering possible charges on other topics.

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Senate Democrats press Wheeler on PFAS action plan update

Thirty Senate Democrats are expressing disappointment that many commitments in year-old EPA’s PFAS action plan “remain unfulfilled,” including drinking water and waste regulatory determinations for key chemicals.

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Insurers Exclude PFAS Due To Regulatory Uncertainty, Chilling Transactions

Responding to regulatory uncertainty, insurers have begun excluding coverage for both actual and potential contamination stemming from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a move that is killing transactions and can affect a wide array of industry sectors, according to an attorney who spoke at a recent environmental legal forum.

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Wright Says RCRA Program Grappling With Trump EOs Curbing Guides

EPA’s waste chief says his office is wrestling with how its Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) program adheres to limits on use of guidance documents imposed by President Donald Trump’s recent orders given the program’s long reliance on guidance, particularly letters responding to industry and other parties explaining policy.

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EPA declines to write CERCLA financial rule for chemical sector

This is the fourth and final sector that EPA has declined to regulate under the Superfund law’s financial assurance requirements.

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Carper blasts EPA for inaction on PFAS

The Democratic senator is giving the Trump Administration a D- grade for implementing its PFAS Action Plan.

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Industry Attorney Warns Of Broad Pushback To CEQ’s NEPA Overhaul

An industry attorney is warning of a broad judicial and public pushback to the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) plan overhauling National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rules, which he says will create unintended consequences, including novel lawsuits to hamstring the rule, a loss of deference and agency confusion.

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Critics outline claims over EPA’s landfill methane ‘delay’ rule

EDF and a state coalition argue EPA failed to show a “reasoned justification” for its August rule significantly extending implementation deadlines for Obama-era landfill methane standards.

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House Appropriators Weigh Boosting EPA Recycling Funds In FY21 Bill

With the Trump administration slated to release its fiscal year 2021 budget request Feb. 10, House appropriators are signaling that they could use their next spending bill to give more resources to EPA’s recycling program, although waste chief Peter Wright downplayed any need for a funding boost at a recent hearing on the subject.

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