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OMB Reviewing Draft EPA Guidance For States' Coal Ash Permit Programs

EPA has sent for White House pre-publication review a draft guidance for how states should craft permit programs for coal ash disposal, signaling the Trump administration's first major efforts to implement the 2016 law that revised an Obama-era ash rule by overhauling the enforcement provisions to give states delegated permit powers.

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House Eyes Bipartisan 'Good Samaritan' Bill For Coal Mine Cleanups

Even as lawmakers remain strongly divided on environmental policy, members of a House Natural Resources subcommittee plan to pursue bipartisan legislation that would pave the way for so-called Good Samaritan entities to fund cleanups at abandoned coal mines in part by limiting environmental liability risks that currently deter such efforts.

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North Dakota outlines appeal of oil, gas waste ruling

North Dakota is urging a federal appellate court to overturn a lower court's decision that denied the state had standing to intervene in an EPA settlement with environmentalists that outlines how the agency will re-examine its waste rules for the oil and gas sector.

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Environmentalists Fear Weaker EPA Ash Rule Enforcement Under Bodine

Environmentalists fear that Susan Bodine -- President Donald Trump's nominee to head EPA's enforcement office -- would use the position to soften the Obama-era coal ash disposal rule by weakening enforcement of the policy, citing her testimony to Congress in 2013 that called for placing major limits on EPA's oversight of ash disposal.

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After Delays, EPA's Superfund Vapor Intrusion Rule Quietly Takes Effect

EPA has quietly put into effect an Obama-era rule that opens the door to listing Superfund sites based solely on vapor or water intrusion, after twice delaying the effective dates of the rule along with several others that were signed late in the last administration but which were slated to take effect under the new regime.

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Power company urges 4th Circuit to take up coal ash CWA appeal

Dominion says 4th Circuit has authority to decide whether it faces Clean Water Act liability for groundwater contamination, without waiting for a district court ruling.

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EPA delays landfill methane rules to reconsider select provisions

EPA will reconsider several provisions of the rules it says were added “without the benefit of public comment.”

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EPA, industry pursue settlement in waste generator rule case

EPA plans talks with industry groups to resolve their concerns about various provisions of the regulation, which generators have identified as a top deregulatory priority.

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Pruitt Creates EPA Task Force To Streamline, Overhaul Superfund Cleanups

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is creating a task force of agency officials to provide him within 30 days detailed recommendations on how to streamline and overhaul the Superfund program, following on his recent decision to remove from regional offices some decisionmaking authority on cleanups.

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Industries Seek Host Of EPA CERCLA Policy Changes To Speed Cleanups

Major industry groups that are liable for hazardous waste releases are urging EPA to ease its Superfund cleanup requirements, set deadlines for making cleanup decisions and make a host of other changes to the program's policy documents as part of its broad review of existing measures, signaling support for changes that could help achieve Administrator Scott Pruitt's goal of speeding cleanups.

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