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Senate Democrats press Wheeler on PFAS action plan update

Thirty Senate Democrats are expressing disappointment that many commitments in year-old EPA’s PFAS action plan “remain unfulfilled,” including drinking water and waste regulatory determinations for key chemicals.

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GAO urges EPA, congressional action on climate resilience

A new Government Accountability Office report urges EPA to create a technical assistance network and Congress to require climate resiliency considerations in federally funded water infrastructure projects.

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SELC urges court to halt CEQ’s NEPA proposal

The Southern Environmental Law Center is urging a federal court to order the White House to delay the close of the comment period on its controversial NEPA plan until it provides related documents.

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Insurers Exclude PFAS Due To Regulatory Uncertainty, Chilling Transactions

Responding to regulatory uncertainty, insurers have begun excluding coverage for both actual and potential contamination stemming from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a move that is killing transactions and can affect a wide array of industry sectors, according to an attorney who spoke at a recent environmental legal forum.

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Democrats embrace EPR in broad plastics bill

The bill seeks to shift responsibility for recycling and cleanup to producers in an effort to “put the United States on a path to break free from plastic pollution,” the lawmakers say.

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EPA’s Lead Rule Draws Broad Criticisms But Many Doubt Implementation

Former EPA officials, state drinking water regulators and drinking water utilities are raising a series of concerns with EPA’s proposed update to its Safe Drinking Water Act lead and copper rule (LCR), though they agree that aspects of the proposal are unclear and may not be implementable, thereby undermining its effort to cut lead in drinking water.

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Carper blasts EPA for inaction on PFAS

The Democratic senator is giving the Trump Administration a D- grade for implementing its PFAS Action Plan.

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Industry Attorney Warns Of Broad Pushback To CEQ’s NEPA Overhaul

An industry attorney is warning of a broad judicial and public pushback to the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) plan overhauling National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rules, which he says will create unintended consequences, including novel lawsuits to hamstring the rule, a loss of deference and agency confusion.

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White House Proposes Slashing EPA’s FY21 Budget, Killing 50 Programs

The Trump administration is calling for $6.7 billion for EPA in its fiscal year 2021 budget proposal, a 26 percent cut-in funding over FY20 levels, and elimination of over 50 programs -- a reprise of past budget plans that have been rejected by Congress.

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Environmentalists sue California cities over alleged MS4 violations

The plaintiffs hope the suits will prompt local officials to negotiate improvements to their water infrastructure and make the litigation unnecessary.

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