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Rules Committee Allows House Debate On Suite Of PFAS Amendments

The House Rules Committee is allowing lawmakers to debate a series of amendments governing perfluorinated chemicals when lawmakers take up the annual defense authorization bill in the coming days, including a key amendment requiring EPA to quickly designate the chemicals as hazardous substances under the Superfund law.

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NIEHS director announces retirement

Linda Birnbaum is stepping down from her leadership of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in October, where she has overseen research relevant to EPA.

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Environmentalists press for greater involvement in CWA rule case

Oregon environmentalists are appealing a federal judge’s denial of their request to intervene in a suit challenging the Obama-era Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule.

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EPA, Environmentalists Clash On Remedy In Closely Watched Nutrients Suit

In a case being watched across the country, EPA and environmentalists are outlining competing approaches and timelines to remedy a judge’s finding that EPA improperly approved Montana's plan to allow dischargers 17 years to meet a controversial variance to stringent nutrient standards.

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In Election Preview, Trump Seeks To Blunt Vulnerability On Environment

In a preview of the 2020 election, President Donald Trump and his top aides are trying to blunt his vulnerability on the environment, highlighting improvements that began mostly prior to his tenure, reframing deregulatory initiatives as reducing pollution, touting various lands policies and defending rollbacks as consistent with economic growth.

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Supreme court sets Nov. 6 argument in CWA groundwater suit

The justices will hear argument on whether the Clean Water Act covers groundwater-borne pollution early in the second month of its next term.

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DOE Urges Wheeler To Limit Superfund’s Reach At Nuclear Waste Site

A top Energy Department (DOE) official is reiterating potentially precedent-setting arguments that DOE’s Atomic Energy Act (AEA) authorities should effectively supersede EPA authorities under the Superfund law in the cleanup of the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation, TN.

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House panel eyes EPA estuary panel reauthorization

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee appears likely to move a legislative package, perhaps by the end of the year, to reauthorize several related EPA estuary restoration programs.

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EPA declines to tighten states’ Chesapeake Bay oversight

The Center for Progressive Reform says the Trump administration’s response to state’s plans for meeting Chesapeake Bay cleanup goals sends a strong signal EPA will no longer take seriously its central role.

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House Bill Would Require EPA To Set PFAS Effluent Limits By 2022

Democratic House lawmakers from New Hampshire have introduced legislation to require EPA to develop Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent limits for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by 2022, drawing praise from environmentalists but raising questions about the agency’s ability to meet the deadline given a current lack of data.

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