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EPA Rejects Key GAO Calls To Bolster Climate Reviews At Superfund Sites

EPA is largely rejecting Government Accountability Office (GAO) calls to make Superfund sites less vulnerable to climate change impacts, including incorporating climate risks into its long-term strategic plan, though officials agreed to improve processes for defining sites’ boundaries and are weighing whether to reinforce existing tools and resources available to local site teams.

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EPA Downplays DOD’s Preemption Of PFAS Guide, Touts Enforcement

EPA officials are downplaying concerns that the Defense Department (DOD) is preempting its draft screening levels for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in groundwater used for drinking water, after DOD last month issued guidance setting Superfund levels for two of the chemicals that are less stringent than levels suggested by EPA’s draft policy.

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Lawmakers inching toward agreement on PFAS measures

While an agreement has been reached on when the Defense Department must phase out certain types of firefighting foam containing PFAS, lawmakers have are still at odds over a key Superfund provision.

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10th Circuit to hear early, limited appeal in Gold King suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit will decide soon whether private plaintiffs met the deadline to sue over the 2015 Gold King spill, rather than after a multi-year trial process.

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Bodine Defends Trump EPA’s Enforcement Efforts In Face Of Criticisms

EPA enforcement chief Susan Bodine is strongly defending the Trump administration’s commitment to environmental enforcement, using remarks at a Nov. 12 conference to repeatedly “push back” on the “misconception” that the administration is reducing enforcement efforts.

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EPA, DOJ Continue Talks On SEPs As Dispute Remains Unresolved

EPA and the Justice Department (DOJ) are continuing discussions on the use of supplemental environmental projects (SEPs), which are used to offset penalties in enforcement settlements, even as the agencies are at odds over DOJ policies seeking to limit -- and possibly bar -- their use.

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House Democrats Seek To Bolster Expected Suits Over EPA Science Rule

House science committee Democrats sought to use their Nov. 13 hearing on EPA’s controversial proposed science transparency rule to bolster all but certain litigation over any final measure, though the agency witness largely declined to discuss details of a leaked draft supplemental proposal that has drawn scathing criticisms.

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IRIS identifies five PFAS for assessment

EPA says the chemicals were chosen because they were “identified as a priority to inform decision making” by several program and regional offices, as well as states and tribes.

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EPA Seeks To Address Science Rule Criticisms But Draws New Charges

EPA’s high-profile draft supplement to its controversial proposed rule on science transparency seeks to address a range of criticisms levelled at its first plan, including providing statutory authority, defining key and novel terms and clarifying the plan’s applicability and retroactivity, but the supplement is drawing new -- and equally harsh -- criticisms.

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Air Force, Michigan Fight May Set Precedent On PFAS Cleanup Reviews

The Air Force and Michigan regulators are battling over whether a Superfund five-year review should address per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) even though they were not subject to the original cleanup plan, a dispute whose outcome could set precedent for similar cleanup reviews at other sites.

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