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Pruitt's Scandals Complicate Path For EPA Waste, International Nominees

Ongoing concerns about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's ethics scandals, the agency's limited responses to oversight requests and other issues will make it difficult for President Donald Trump's nominees to head the agency's waste and international affairs offices to gain Senate approval, Democratic senators told a June 20 environment committee hearing.

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New York sues manufacturers over firefighting foam contamination

The state says the suit is the first to target manufacturers of firefighting foam containing perfluorinated chemicals.

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EPA Raises Early Defenses Against Likely Suit Over Ash Program Approval

EPA is raising early legal defenses against environmentalists' promised legal challenge to the agency's approval of Oklahoma's first-of-its-kind coal ash disposal permit program, with EPA downplaying as irrelevant environmentalists' claims that the Sooner State lacks the resources to adequately implement its new permitting regime.

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Environmentalists detail issues in Superfund financial rule suit

Environmental groups suing over EPA's decision to drop a planned Superfund rule are questioning whether the agency's action is contrary to the administrative record and the law.

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EPA Approval Of Oklahoma Ash Permitting Tees Up Likely Legal Challenge

EPA has announced it will approve Oklahoma's application for delegated authority to administer a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) coal ash permit program, making the Sooner State the first to take advantage of a 2016 law allowing disposal permits for ash -- though environmentalists are likely to challenge the decision in court.

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Litigants Clash Over Reach Of Ruling On CERCLA Third-Party Defense

California regulators and a tax-sale property buyer are at odds over whether a federal appeals court should reconsider its precedent-setting ruling that blocked the property buyer from using the Superfund law's third-party defense as a shield against liability, which the buyer says will leave local taxing authorities "stuck" with contaminated properties.

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EPA's Planned Changes To Brownfields Liability Guide Draw Industry Praise

EPA staff has begun drafting revisions to 2003 brownfields guidance that outlines when developers can qualify for limited liability protection under the Superfund law, responding to recommendations from Administrator Scott Pruitt's Superfund Task Force and longstanding calls from industry for greater clarity in the wake of controversial legal rulings.

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Attorney Urges EPA To Ease Way For More Cleanup Liability Transfers

An industry attorney is pressing EPA take steps to ease the way for liable parties at contaminated sites to make greater use of cleanup liability transfers, including allowing a “portfolio” approach that packages numerous sites together in a single transfer.

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EPA Eyes Individual PFAS But Sees Limits In Chemical-Specific Approach

Even as EPA moves to assess and possibly regulate several individual perfluorinated chemicals, the agency's top policy official on the issue is acknowledging that given the thousands of chemicals in the class, they will eventually have to be considered in groups rather than individually, an approach that the agency has previously struggled to advance.

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Industry, States Seek Revisions To Draft Waste Rule For Aerosol Cans

State officials and a host of industry groups are generally supporting EPA’s proposal to add hazardous waste aerosol cans to the list of waste covered by streamlined federal universal waste regulations in order to ease requirements, but they vary on improvements they say can be made, according to recently filed comments on the proposed rule.

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