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PFAS study may be delayed due to OMB, ATSDR dispute

Such delays means that prospective participants may have less PFAS in their blood than they did when exposures were first discovered, given communities have curbed drinking water exposures in recent years.

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State Regulators Fear ‘Nightmare’ Over Complexity Of EPA’s LCR Proposal

State drinking water regulators are raising concerns about the complexity of EPA’s proposed revisions to its lead and copper rule (LCR), predicting significant challenges in analyzing increased data, urging clarification of when certain actions would be triggered and questioning whether requiring utilities to sample in schools will reduce exposure.

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EIP Sees Steep State Environment Cuts, Undermining ‘Cooperative’ Effort

Environmentalists have unveiled new findings showing steep staff and funding cuts to environmental agencies in most states over the past decade, arguing this undermines Trump EPA claims that the agency’s own resource limits are not degrading environmental protection but rather shifting responsibility to the states.

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Environmentalists urge judge to reconsider NEPA remedy ruling

The case, concerning a high-profile transmission project near historic Jamestown, VA, has been seen as highlighting the risks of the Trump administration’s approach to environmental reviews of major projects.

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As PFAS ‘Chaos’ Deepens, States Make Case To Overhaul Drinking Water Law

As states move to craft their own standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the absence of EPA limits under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), state regulators are underscoring that the law is not working and are calling for an agency advisory panel to recommend changes, though agency officials say they are generally barred from asking Congress for legislative fixes.

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EPA Floats Draft PFAS Drinking Water Decision But Deadline Slips

EPA has floated to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its proposed threshold decision on whether to craft drinking water cleanup standards for two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and three other substances but a top official says given the length of such reviews, EPA’s deadline for releasing the draft decision will likely slip into 2020.

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North Carolina advisors lean toward conservative Cr6 analysis

Draft recommendations concluded that scientific uncertainties are too great for the advisors to recommend an approach other than the strict linear default approaches that assume no safe levels of exposure.

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Judge Defers To EPA’s Groundwater Stance As High Court Weighs Issue

A federal district court judge in Massachusetts has endorsed the Trump EPA’s position that the Clean Water Act (CWA) categorically excludes regulation of groundwater, highlighting some of the tensions in the law that Supreme Court justices grappled with during oral argument last month.

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Pennsylvania residents object to Navy bid to stay PFAS case

Staying the case for six months, as the Navy wants, will allow the military to further avoid accountability for its pollution of drinking water, the residents say.

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CBO Expects PFAS Drinking Water Limit To Cost Billions To Implement

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is estimating that an expected EPA drinking water standard for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is expected to cost drinking water systems more than “several billion dollars” to comply with any testing and treatment requirements over the first five years, according to a recently released analysis.

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