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California Seeks Stay Of Battery Maker Bankruptcy Deal Over Waste Site

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is seeking a stay of a recent bankruptcy settlement between the federal government and a lead-acid battery manufacturer because the agreement would allegedly leave thousands of properties without sufficient funding for the cleanup of lead, while also seeking an appeal of the ruling.

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9th Circuit Backs EPA Deadline Extension For Federal Landfill Methane Plan

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is backing EPA’s authority to significantly extend the deadline for issuing federal standards for much of the country to require landfills to limit their methane emissions, even after a district court set an earlier deadline for the agency to act.

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Critics Attack EPA Reversal On Use Of Radioactive Byproduct For Roads

Environmentalists and radioactive-cleanup experts are criticizing EPA for reversing course on a decades-long policy that prohibits the use of a radioactive byproduct from fertilizer production as a component in federal road construction, with the critics saying the move is a “give away” to a powerful industry.

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9th Circuit denies bid to reconsider CERCLA statute of limitations ruling

The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on the Superfund law’s statute of limitations underscores what litigants have called a split with the D.C. Circuit on the issue.

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EPA Announces Broad Federal Strategy To Reduce Marine Litter Worldwide

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has announced the launch of a broad new federal strategy aimed at preventing and reducing marine litter worldwide, with a focus on boosting the capacity of waste management systems and collaborating with the private sector on providing incentives to the global recycling market to minimize waste.

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Environmentalists Defend Appeal Of Suit Over Oklahoma Coal Ash Plan

Environmentalists are defending their appeal of a district court decision that partly remanded EPA’s approval of Oklahoma’s coal ash disposal permit program while upholding broader elements of the agency’s review process for state rules, arguing that waiting for the remand to conclude is pointless because it requires no new action from EPA.

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Final EPA Rule Softening Limits On Unlined Coal Ash Sites Tees Up Suit

EPA has finalized its rule allowing coal ash disposal sites that lack “composite” liners to keep operating if they can show there is “no reasonable probability” that the facilities will contaminate groundwater, teeing up a legal fight with environmentalists who say the rule violates both waste law and a 2018 appellate court decision.

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9th Circuit Splits On Whether U.S. Mine Order Triggers Superfund Liability

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in a split decision has ruled that the United States’ link to a World War II-era gold mine -- which the government ordered temporarily shut down to divert resources to other mining -- is too tenuous for it to be held liable under Superfund law for cleanup costs at the site.

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Wheeler taps former Bush regulatory review chief to lead SAB

The new panelists and panel leaders from industry and other deregulatory backgrounds signals that the administrator plans to rely on the board to review his planned agenda should Trump win a second term.

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North Carolina sues PFAS manufacturers for natural resource damages

The latest suit adds to North Carolina’s legal and regulatory actions to address water and other contamination caused by the manufacture of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

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