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Emergency Change Permits Remote Public Meetings

https://www.statehousenews.com/news/2020468 Emergency Change Permits Remote Public Meetings Baker Order Applies to State and Local Bodies Michael P. Norton 3/12/20 9:19 PM MARCH 12, 2020…..In a significant change spurred by the spreading coronavirus, government boards in Massachusetts may now meet without a physical quorum of members present and without affording public access to the physical meeting […]

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House Passes PFAS Bill, Unlikely to Move in Senate

from ASDWA.org 1/14/2020 Late last week the House passed H.R.535 – the PFAS Action Act of 2019. The bill contains multiple provisions requiring EPA to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in the environment including: Determining whether EPA should designate the entire class of PFAS as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, […]

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Chemicals Added to the Toxics Release Inventory Pursuant to Section 7321 of the National Defense Authorization Act

Section 7321 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (P.L. 116-92) (NDAA) added certain Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) to the TRI list of reportable chemicals. Among these added chemicals are chemicals that met two criteria: (1) they were subject to a significant new use rule at either 40 CFR 721.9582 or […]

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Aggressively Addressing PFAS at EPA

FROM EPA, PRESS RELEASE: 01/07/2020 Contact Information:  EPA Press Office (press@epa.gov) WASHINGTON (Jan. 7, 2020) — Aggressively addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is an active and ongoing priority for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Under President Trump, EPA is continuing to aggressively implement our PFAS Action Plan – the most comprehensive cross-agency plan ever to address […]

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Mass. Supplemental Budget for PFAS Testing & Treatment

from MWWA.org On December 13, 2019 Governor Baker signed a supplemental budget that included line-item funding for PFAS initiatives: 2250-2002.. For the testing of potential per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination of water supplies and for grants to support treatment and design of affected drinking water systems;  provided, that nothing in this item shall preclude […]

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Suit Highlights Concerns of Water Utilities Over PFAS Hazardous Water Determination

from NRWA.org: Navy Citizen Suit Highlights Concerns of Water Utilities Over PFAS Hazardous Water Determination: A federal judge recently dismissed a landmark citizen suit seeking payment for medical monitoring to detect health concerns that may develop after exposure to PFAS, finding that regulators’ failure to designate the chemicals as “hazardous substances” precluded the plaintiffs from […]

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EPA Says It Will Decide on PFAS MCLs by End of the Year

11/07/2019 Contact Information: EPA Press Office (press@epa.gov) WASHINGTON ⁠— As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) extensive efforts to help communities address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the PFAS Action Plan, the Agency is releasing the Systematic Review Protocol for five PFAS toxicity assessments for a 45-day public comment period. The assessments […]

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NRWA and AWWA Send Statement to EPA Urging the Agency NOT to Allow Water Utilities To Be Exposed to Superfund Liability for PFAS That Pass Through Their Utilities

Listing of PFAS compounds as hazardous substances under the Superfund program (CERCLA) would create a mandate for cleanup on US goverment-controlled properties. While groundwater cleanup is always a good thing, without carefully written regulations, water suppliers could also potentially take on liability. See AWWA-NRWA PFAS letter to EPA – Nov 2019to EPA from AWWA and […]

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