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CWA Rule Repeal Opponents Ready Legal Arguments Against Withdrawal

Environmental attorneys opposed to EPA's pending rule to repeal the Obama administration's Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction policy are readying arguments for expected legal challenges to the withdrawal, including that the repeal effort's economic analysis and lack of policy depth fall short of what Supreme Court precedent requires.

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Industry Eyes Novel TSCA Analysis For Siloxanes But Doubts Need For Rules

The chemical industry is preparing a risk evaluation of a siloxane, one of a class of chemicals used to produce a host of industrial and consumer products, which will likely be one of the first that EPA receives under a provision of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that allows third parties to submit such evaluations to EPA for its consideration.

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Colorado sues over lapses in post-closure care at Army site

Colorado is suing the two federal agencies over alleged lapses in cleanup requirements at a former Army site.

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NRC Raises Jurisdictional Questions Over EPA Uranium Groundwater Rule

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff says EPA’s re-proposed groundwater protection rule for uranium in-situ recovery (ISR) mining reaches beyond the agency’s jurisdictional authorities, by encroaching on NRC’s authorities to regulate the activity and applying the wrong statutory authority in an attempt to protect potential future groundwater uses.

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Trump Officials See Budget Gain, Rule Reforms, Speeding DOE Cleanups

Trump administration officials say plans to increase funds for the Energy Department's (DOE) massive cleanup program by almost $500 million next year, as well as eased regulatory requirements, will allow them to speed cleanups, a change from the prior administration which warned of a significant gap between regulatory mandates and available funds.

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EPA Seeks To Move TSCA Prioritization Rule Suit From 9th To 4th Circuit

EPA is urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to transfer to the 4th Circuit environmentalists' challenges to the agency's rule for prioritizing chemicals for review under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), arguing the 4th Circuit is already hearing a case over a related rule and moving it there could conserve resources.

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EWG Presses EPA To Add Consumer Uses To Scope Of Dioxane Review

Environmentalists are urging EPA to expand the scope of its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) review of 1,4-dioxane to consider potential exposures from consumer uses of personal care and cleaning products, after releasing data that shows widespread occurrence of the substance in drinking water locations around the country.

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EPA Seeks Industries' Views On Costs, 'Certainty' To Inform CWA Policy

EPA plans to ask representatives from major industrial sectors about key issues that will inform the agency's upcoming Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule that is expected to significantly narrow the Obama-era CWA policy, including compliance costs and whether there is a lack of regulatory “clarity” on the law's reach.

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CWA Rule Challengers Warn Of 'Chaos' If High Court Backs Appellate Suits

Environmentalists, several states and groups representing major industries are warning of litigation “chaos” if the Supreme Court backs the government's push for appellate review of EPA's 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule, saying it would create permanent confusion over the correct venue for suits over CWA policies.

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DOD Eyes FY19 To Better Address PFAS Contamination, Cleanup Budgets

As the Defense Department (DOD) faces growing local pressure to remediate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), a top official says fiscal year 2019 will be the earliest it can comprehensively budget for the cleanups even though DOD began initial testing and cleanup soon after EPA finalized health advisories for two PFASs in 2016.

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