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Michigan sues PFAS manufacturers for contamination damages

The state is suing manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), joining a handful of other states in seeking damages and injury allegedly caused by contamination from the substances.

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House Democrats resist Trump’s CWA rollbacks

The ability to make continued environmental progress is being hampered by the Trump administration’s “chipping away” at Clean Water Act protections, the lawmakers say.

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Democrats seek ‘immediate’ steps on enforcing Chesapeake Bay cleanup

Democratic lawmakers from Maryland, Virginia and Delaware say they “are extremely concerned by signals that EPA appears to be backing away from its statutory obligations” to cleanup up the Chesapeake Bay.

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PFAS Bill Clears House In Bipartisan Vote But Still Faces GOP Obstacles

With the support of two dozen Republicans, the House has approved legislation that would regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in air, water and other media, though the bill continues to face stiff opposition from top congressional Republicans and the White House, stymieing its future prospects.

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Buttigieg Targets PFAS Cleanup, Lead Removal In Infrastructure Plan

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, IN, is pledging to boost funding for water infrastructure if elected, including targeting funds toward preventing and addressing contamination from perfluorinated chemicals, reducing lead in drinking water and boosting resiliency to climate change.

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States Question Impacts, Feasibility Of EPA Water Quality Trading Plan

State officials are providing a mixed reaction to EPA’s recent proposal to ease credit generation for water quality trading, with those states that have established trading programs raising concerns about conflicts between EPA’s approach and their programs while others strongly supporting the proposal but seeking clarification on how it would be implemented.

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Aiming To Speed Reviews, White House Seeks To Curb NEPA’s Reach

White House officials are proposing a sweeping overhaul to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementing rules, with the plan scaling back the reach of environmental reviews under the law in an effort to speed major infrastructure projects and other federal actions.

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Plaintiffs Struggle To Convince Judge In Key PFAS Medical Monitoring Case

PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania residents seeking to require the Navy to pay for medical monitoring to detect health issues that may develop after exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) struggled to convince a federal judge to allow their landmark case to proceed, with the judge noting legal weaknesses in their arguments.

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Democrats Hope Public Pressure Will Convince Republicans To Act On PFAS

As House Democrats begin floor debate on a comprehensive bill aimed at regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), they say growing public concerns will help persuade intransigent Senate Republicans and the Trump administration to consider the bill, particularly as it is a top concern in Michigan, a key swing state in the upcoming presidential election.

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EPA Implements NDAA’s TRI Reporting Of PFAS But Lacks Key Methods

Even as it continues to seek comment on the issue, EPA has begun implementing new defense law provisions subjecting certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting though sources say the agency lacks mature methods for estimating air emissions and compiling release data in other media.

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