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DOD Says Base Cleanups Will Top $29 Billion, Eyes Growing PFAS Costs

Defense Department (DOD) officials are telling House appropriators it will cost more than $29 billion to complete environmental cleanups at its bases, including $2.1 billion for addressing ubiquitous per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) while cautioning that the costs for PFAS are bound to increase over time.

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Senate EPW Backs Key EPA Nominees But GOP Fears Biden CWA Policy

The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) has approved President Joe Biden’s nominations of Michal Freedhoff to head EPA’s toxics office and Radhika Fox to be the agency’s water policy chief, but six GOP senators opposed Fox -- partly due to their fears about the Biden EPA’s Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction policy.

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Environmentalists Urge EPA To Reject Montana’s Nutrient Water Standards

Environmentalists in Montana are petitioning EPA to step in and set numeric water quality standards for the state after Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) enacted a new law eliminating Montana’s previous numeric standards in favor of narrative standards, with environmentalists arguing the state law violates the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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Environmentalists Urge Court To Undo Florida’s CWA 404 Permit Program

Environmentalists are urging a federal district court to find that EPA violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when it allowed Florida to assume Clean Water Act (CWA) section 404 permitting authority, arguing the agency erred in setting an immediate effective date for the approval and by failing to codify the state program.

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CBD Asks Court To Reverse EPA Approval Of Florida CWA Permit Program

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) is urging a federal district court to find that EPA violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when it allowed Florida to assume Clean Water Act (CWA) section 404 permitting authority, arguing the agency erred in setting an immediate effective date for the approval and by failing to codify the state program.

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Senators Toughen Bill Banning DOD Purchases Of Products Using PFAS

Two Democratic senators are reintroducing their bill to ban the Department of Defense (DOD) from buying many types of products made with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) with several changes to make the ban more stringent than prior versions, including expanding the list of covered products and using a broader definition of PFAS.

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Maine congressional members urge EPA to examine PFAS in state

Maine Sen. Susan Collins (R) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D) are urging Deborah Szaro, EPA’s Region 1 administrator, to examine per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), issues in their state.

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House GOP Backs Drinking Water Funds But Faults EPA Policy Provisions

Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee agreed with Democrats at a May 25 hearing that Congress should provide EPA with funding to address significant drinking water infrastructure needs, but the GOP lawmakers objected to policy provisions in pending funding bills that would create new authorities for the agency.

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Judge Denies Bid To Block DAPL From Operating During NEPA Review

A federal district judge is denying a request by environmental groups and tribes to grant an injunction shutting down the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts a rigorous environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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Environmentalists renew push to vacate Trump WOTUS rule

In a case pending in federal district court in South Carolina, environmental groups are seeking the vacatur of the Trump administration’s definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS).

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