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EPA IG to review abandoned uranium mine cleanups

EPA's Inspector General is investigating EPA's management of abandoned uranium mine cleanups in the Navajo Nation to determine how the agency is prioritizing cleanups.

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EPA Secures Voluntary Cleanup, Defers Enforcing UAO At New York Site

EPA Region 2 is deferring on whether it will enforce a unilateral cleanup order against a baby food manufacturer after the company took the rare step earlier this year of refusing to comply with the order, with the agency announcing Nov. 16 that a New York county has agreed to voluntarily dispose of the asbestos contamination at issue.

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EPA Eyes 2019 For Completing Two-Step Plan To Overhaul Coal Ash Rule

EPA is pledging to finish an overhaul of the Obama-era Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) coal ash disposal rule no later than December 2019 but could finalize a first step of revisions much sooner by combining them with another set of revisions the agency started work on in 2016 but is yet to formally propose.

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House brownfields bill cleared for floor consideration

A House brownfields bill has moved closer to a floor vote, but it appears highly unlikely lawmakers will attach a “good Samaritan” measure suggested by a Trump EPA official.

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Final defense authorization bill requires national PFAS study

The House and Senate have agreed to require a national study on the health effects of perfluorinated substances, focusing on at least eight military facilities.

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EPA Brownfields Grants To States Face Cuts Despite Increased Demand

An EPA brownfields official is warning state officials of expected cuts to the grants the agency gives states annually to support brownfields programs -- even if Congress restores some of the funding the Trump administration proposed to eliminate -- noting the likely reductions come as demand among states and tribes for the grants continues to rise.

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Oklahoma Official Seeks Greater State Role In EPA's Superfund Reforms

States are pressing EPA to boost their role in the Superfund cleanup process and to generally increase communications between state and federal agencies, according to Oklahoma environment chief Scott Thompson, who leads a national states' workgroup focused on EPA's Superfund reforms.

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EPA Regional Heads Downplay Superfund Sites' Damage From Hurricanes

The heads of three EPA regions are downplaying reports of contamination from Superfund sites and facility leaks in the aftermath of this year's disastrous hurricane season, saying any contaminated sites have been contained and did not pollute drinking water in damaged areas despite early reports to the contrary.

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EPA Launches Two-Year Pilot Aimed At Streamlining Superfund ARARs

EPA's Superfund office is launching a two-year pilot project to field a "best practices" process developed jointly by EPA and states aimed at discussing and identifying state cleanup standards earlier in the remedial process in order to avert disputes and bottlenecks over applying the standards.

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EPA Wrestles With Land Use Controls In Push For Contaminated Site Reuse

EPA waste officials are wrestling with the dual challenges of adopting land use controls (LUCs) at contaminated sites as the agency strives to meet a Trump administration push to encourage reuse of contaminated sites, as well as in ensuring that existing LUCs are viable as sites move to long-term stewardship.

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