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Judge denies EPA’s request to delay TSCA fluoridation trial

Judge Edward Chen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said delaying the trial schedule by 65 days was unnecessary and prejudicial to the plaintiffs.

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New York loses attempt to sever PFAS claims from consolidated case

The state has failed once again to convince a federal district court to allow its tort litigation over contamination from firefighting foam to be heard by state court.

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States Seek More Research, Test Methods To Address PFAS Air Transport

SEATTLE -- State officials are raising fresh concerns that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) can travel long distances through the air, allowing the already widespread contaminants to reach areas far from facilities where they are manufactured or used, and are calling for new research into test methods that could detect airborne PFAS.

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Environmentalists sue EPA in bid to force Washington state TMDLs

Northwest Environmental Advocates in a pair of related legal actions are seeking to force EPA to require Washington state to develop total maximum daily loads for hundreds of impaired waters.

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Feinstein seeks probe of EPA ‘political interference’ in California

The senator says her home state is “being unfairly targeted,” and that EPA is floating “nothing more than a pretext to attack” the state.

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Senate FY20 report includes multiple policy directives to EPA

Senate appropriators are issuing a variety of directives to EPA alongside their fiscal year 2020 spending bill, including on high-profile mining, water, toxics and biofuels issues.

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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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EPA Could Revoke California’s CWA, SDWA Powers Over Water Pollution

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is hinting that the agency could revoke California’s delegated Clean Water Act (CWA) and Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) powers over what EPA says are a host of water pollution problems in the state, the latest in an escalating fight between the agency and California over its delegated authorities.

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EPA agrees to improve drinking water notification oversight

While some EPA officials have responded affirmatively to Inspector General recommendations on drinking water notifications, the lack of response from the deputy administrator leaves some unresolved.

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