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EPA has notified Florida officials that the state’s water quality standards (WQS) are unprotective of human health and is ordering them to both revise some human health criteria (HHC) and issue new criteria to protect against dozens of priority toxic pollutants in surface waters within a year, or face a federally imposed plan.

From Inside PFAS Policy

EPA is proposing a long-expected rule to end a Trump-era exemption from Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting for de minimis amounts of PFAS, saying the change will offer “a more complete picture” of releases and waste management after finding the waiver appeared to limit facility reporting of releases.

Members of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) are urging EPA to prioritize its use of a cumulative impacts framework for determining civil rights law compliance to future regulatory and permitting decisions as the agency explores where and how it will apply the framework.

EPA Region 10 is recommending that EPA headquarters finalize a proposed Clean Water Act (CWA) “veto” of the controversial Pebble Mine project in Bristol Bay, AK, a rare move that environmentalists are calling “a step forward” in their long-running push to protect the surrounding watershed as they call on the agency to finalize it by year’s end.

EPA is finalizing approval of canola oil for several additional types of fuel under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), expanding the options of biofuel producers seeking RFS credits and brushing off assertions from environmentalists that the move will expand canola production and potentially threaten protected species.

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