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PFAS Rule Has Unwanted Loophole, Senate Dems and Groups Say (1)

June 25, 2020, 6:31 PMUpdated: June 25, 2020, 7:02 PM

The EPA included a reporting loophole for PFAS chemicals and companies handling them that contradicts Congress’ intentions, Senate Democratic staff and environmental groups said.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s June 22 rule (RIN: 2070-AK63) implements a congressional mandate, set in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2020, that the agency require the release or disposal of certain PFAS to be reported to the EPA. The agency’s exemption for certain types of releases reduces the amount of information the EPA could have gathered about PFAS in the environment, critics said.

The reporting requirement, as mandated by Congress, applies to ...

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