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Early Data Show Promise For PFAS Destruction, But Byproducts Unclear

Preliminary data from a fast-tracked EPA research project examining four innovative destruction technologies as well as incineration for treating persistent chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) all showed promise in destroying the initial compounds, but it is unclear what potential byproducts the methods created.

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Warner presses EPA, FBI on cybersecurity after Florida water attack

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) is asking EPA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to provide updates on a cybersecurity attack earlier this month at a Florida water treatment plant.

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Capito Urges Quick EPA Release Of Determination For PFAS SDWA Rule

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), the top Republican on the environment committee, is urging the White House to release from review the Trump EPA’s final regulatory determination to begin the process to regulate two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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DOJ Asks 10th Circuit To Stay WOTUS Appeal Despite Industry Opposition

The Justice Department (DOJ) is asking a federal appeals court to stay for 60 days an appeal of a district court ruling that blocked implementation of the Trump-era definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS), arguing that opposition to a stay from a coalition of industry groups and an Idaho couple is without merit.

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Judge Stays Part Of Montana Nutrients Ruling Pending Related Appeal

A federal district court judge has stayed part of long-running litigation over EPA’s approval of a variance to strict numeric nutrient water quality standards in Montana, agreeing with the state and municipal and industry groups that a pending appeal of a 2019 ruling in the case should be allowed to play out first.

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Sierra Club drops suit aiming to block Texas pipeline

The environmental group has voluntarily dismissed its legal challenge that had sought to halt construction of the Permian Highway Pipeline after the pipeline started operations earlier this year.

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Environmentalists challenge rule loosening coal ash ‘liner’ mandate

Three environmental groups are suing over the Trump-era rule that allows some ash disposal sites to keep operating even if they lack otherwise mandatory “composite” liners.

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San Francisco appeals CWA permit case after EAB loss

The petition to a federal appeals court follows a December decision from EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board that upheld provisions in a Clean Water Act permit for the city.

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Echoing Hearing, Regan Vows To Bolster EPA’s Science, Equity Focus

Michael Regan, President Joe Biden’s nominee for EPA administrator, is vowing in written responses to Senate environment committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) to protect agency scientists from political interference and to make environmental justice (EJ) a cornerstone of EPA actions, echoing commitments from his confirmation hearing.

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9th Circuit backs vacatur of aquaculture permit

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s finding that the Army Corps of Engineers violated environmental laws when it issued the 2017 version of a Clean Water Act general permit for aquaculture.

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