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Coalition forms to combat toxic exposures to military personnel

The Toxic Exposures in the American Military (TEAM) coalition -- which is currently comprised of 12 veterans and environmental community groups --announced its formation earlier this month.

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Senators Clash On States’ Role Under Narrow CWA Jurisdiction Standard

Members of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) clashed over state and federal roles under the Clean Water Act (CWA) at a hearing on EPA’s proposed jurisdiction rule, with Republicans arguing a limited CWA standard will support robust local protections while Democrats countered that it would hamstring many states.

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Washington Suit On EPA’s Water Standard Reversal Could Test Review Policy

Washington state’s new court challenge against EPA’s sudden rewrite of state water quality standards poses a test not only for the agency’s ability to revisit years-old reviews of state Clean Water Act (CWA) policies but also its just-issued guidance on the timing of those reviews, which stressed a 90-day deadline in order to avoid “uncertainty."

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EPA approves alternative asbestos disposal method

EPA says it’s approval of an alternative method for disposal of asbestos pipe complies with both air standards and OSHA conditions

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States Step Up Push To Test For PFAS At Waste Sites, Worrying Industry

Officials in New York and New Jersey, two states with a large number of Superfund and other waste sites, are stepping up their efforts to test for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other emerging contaminants at the sites, raising industry fears over potential liability, lagging analytical abilities and unclear remediation requirements.

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Clash Over New Jersey’s PFAS Levels Previews Responses To EPA

In a potential preview of what EPA and other regulators can expect to see on any plans to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), industry and environmentalists are clashing over New Jersey’s landmark plans to set drinking water and other standards for the contaminants and what science should be used to do so.

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Advisors Face Challenging Schedule Reviewing Range Of EPA Policies

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is planning to review a broad range of Trump administration deregulatory policies in a relatively quick fashion in order to provide advice on the agency’s regulatory timeline, efforts that SAB Chairman Michael Honeycutt acknowledges will be difficult but adds that the board has voted to undertake.

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EPA Limits States’ CWA 401 Powers, Timelines In Revised Guidance

Over strenuous objection of states, EPA has issued new guidance limiting states’ powers to review federally approved permits under section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), setting tight timelines for completing the reviews and warning officials against blocking or restricting projects for any reason other than its direct water quality impacts.

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Gold King Plaintiffs Win Broad Discovery After EPA Fails To Dismiss Suits

State, tribal and individual plaintiffs suing EPA over the 2015 Gold King wastewater spill have won their bid for broad fact-finding into the failed cleanup that released over 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater from the site after a special court master rejected the agency’s argument for a more limited process that could have quickly ended the suit.

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Ohio River Water Commission Votes To Loosen Regional CWA Standards

The interstate commission that governs water pollution controls in the Ohio River Valley has voted to convert its mandates for discharge permits in the region into a voluntary program for the eight member states, boosting regulators’ freedom to craft their own policies in a move that environmentalists say will spur a “race to the bottom” in the region.

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