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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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House Panel Advances Asbestos, PFAS Bills On Primarily Partisan Vote

A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel has advanced on a primarily partisan basis a bill to ban all uses of asbestos and a package of 13 bills to deal with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though one PFAS bill drew broad bipartisan support and Republicans said they are open to negotiating with Democrats on several others before a full committee vote.

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House Energy Panel PFAS Bills May Boost Defense Legislation Provisions

A House Energy and Commerce panel is scheduled to mark up a package of 13 bills dealing with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that includes provisions contained in House and Senate defense bills, asserting the committee’s jurisdiction over the subject and potentially boosting support for the measures in the final defense bill.

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Changing PFAS Universe Challenges EPA’s Test Method Development

EPA is poised to release next month a new method that will be able to detect nearly a dozen additional per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water beyond what the current method allows and focus on new, shorter-chain compounds that have been difficult to detect until now, EPA scientists say.

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IG will evaluate institutional controls at Superfund sites

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) plans to investigate the integrity of the agency’s use of institutional controls (ICs) to prevent human exposure at Superfund sites.

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‘Worried’ House Democrats Step Up Push For Superfund PFAS Measure

“Worried” House Democrats are stepping up their push for defense bill conferees to preserve their amendment requiring EPA to list per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law in the face of opposition from Senate environment committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY).

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EPA Tightens Requirements For Parties Seeking To Avoid CERCLA Liability

EPA is for the first time requiring that landowners seeking to retain brownfields liability protections ensure that land use controls at their contaminated properties are being implemented, according to guidance the agency released this summer aimed at updating the “common elements” that developers must meet to avoid cleanup liability

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Rejecting EPA Efforts, House Panel Broadly Backs Regional Programs

Rejecting Trump administration efforts to eliminate EPA regional program, the House transportation committee in a strong bipartisan vote has approved several bills to create new or reauthorize existing programs focused on regional waterbodies, seeking to provide Puget Sound and the San Francisco Bay with focused attention like the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes.

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GAO finds BLM oil, gas well bonds insufficient for cleanups

The Government Accountability Office is urging Congress and the Bureau of Land Management to increase the amount of money the bureau collects from oil and gas well operators to better fund the cleanup of orphaned wells.

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Science Rule Schedule Slips As EPA Readies Supplemental, Wheeler Says

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told the House science committee Sept. 19 that the agency’s schedule for issuing its controversial rule barring regulators from relying on scientific research that is not published has slipped as the agency is preparing to issue a supplemental proposal in early 2020.

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